Training Contract Scheme 2023
Hassans has been servicing and developing personal relationships with our local and international clients for over 80 years. In this time our firm has grown significantly and has had an important part to play in Gibraltar’s growth.
We know that our junior lawyers are the future of our business. We recognise the importance of recruiting the right individuals and providing them with an environment in which they can be innovation, influence change and thrive personally and professionally. We believe that our business flourishes by ensuring that our lawyers feel valued and are provided with the right tools to facilitate their growth.
Meet some of our experts
Grahame is a Partner with the firm specialising in Tax.
After leaving university with his first degree in 1993, Grahame ran his family’s printing business for nine years before moving to Gibraltar in 2002 where he joined the firm’s company management arm, Line Management Services Limited as a Company Administrator.
Grahame moved to Hassans in 2004 to work in the funds department and began his training to become a solicitor. In 2020 he completed the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.
Today Grahame regularly hosts seminars and webinars discussing local and international tax matters and is renowned for making complex tax issues accessible and digestible as co-host of his successful tax podcast International Tax Bites. Now in its six series, the series features internationally renowned tax professors and experts and is currently in the top 10% of most shared podcasts globally.
Grahame is also a leading writer on the growing number of international tax information exchange regimes.
Hannah joined Hassans in 2019 and became an Associate with the firm in 2021. Hannah forms part of the Financial Services team and has rapidly built a name for herself amongst clients and peers alike for her expertise in advising the FinTech industry.
At the beginning of 2022, Hannah was invited to participate in a panel as part of Startup Grind Gibraltar’s Women’s Month, a session which supported and celebrated leading women and female founders. She spoke about the opportunities to build companies that scale globally in Gibraltar, the key things to think about before launching a project and the Gibraltar regulatory environment.
Throughout the last six months alone, Hannah has contributed to Thomson Reuter’s Regulatory Intelligence publishing an AML Country Update for Gibraltar and to Lexology’s Digital Business Guide for Gibraltar. She has also featured in the Gibraltar Magazine.
Hannah graduated with a first-class honours in International Law LLB before completing the Bar Professional Training Course. Hannah now advises on legal and regulatory matters relating to DLT, E-Money and Payment Services, to name a few. She also advises on cross-border regulatory implications and banking regulatory matters.
Karl joined Hassans in 2012 and was made Partner on 1st July 2021.
Karl initially graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Masters in Pharmacy with Upper Second Class Honours and thereafter worked as a community pharmacist in the United Kingdom for seven years. He later chose to read law and attained the Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Trent University. After completing the Bar Vocational Course from BPP University Law School in Leeds, Karl was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011, and the Gibraltar Bar in 2012. Karl is also a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
Over the last 10 years Karl has developed a niche practice in large real estate development finance transactions and construction law matters, acting for lenders and developers on transactions involving Gibraltar’s largest real estate developments.
Tania joined Hassans in 2015 and has rapidly garnered much respect for her corporate and commercial advisory and transactional work, advising multinational corporate groups and high net worth individuals alike.
A strong believer in the ability of the law to incite change and shape societies, Tania is an advocate for sustainability in its many forms. Tania regularly assists with drafting local legislation, mostly relating to the environment and animal welfare. She was a driving force behind the launch of the Hassans Environmental Policy, including Hassans’ Environmental Trust, and regularly assists the Department of the Environment of HM Government of Gibraltar on matters of environmental law and advising on mechanisms for the financing and trading of climate-related projects.
Last year Tania was accepted as part of the Futures Forward Academy which is closely aligned to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The participants each identified a tangible change they felt they could make and received leadership, training, mentoring, and support to work towards these goals. You can listen to a podcast with Tania, and fellow Hassans’ colleague Chris Buttigieg here.
Tania is also passionate about eradicating gender bias, and feels strongly about encouraging all women, and men, to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. She is regularly invited to sit on panels in relation to equality in the workplace and gender equality. A recent interview with Tania can be seen here.
Anthony, Partner in the firm since 2015 could be classed as one of the earliest, if not the earliest, adopter of “crypto” in Gibraltar and is now regularly invited to speak at high-profile FinTech events across the world.
Around 8 years ago, when Anthony was working on developing potential new work streams, he started reading as much material as he could to gain a better understanding of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, a subject matter which many had not heard about at the time. Very quickly, a conversation with a client regarding the setting up of a Bitcoin exchange in Gibraltar kickstarted heightened interest in the sector. Further research led to meetings with other industry players, regulators and government officials and the realisation that “crypto” and the underlying technology would play an important part in financial services going forward.
Due to his largely unrivalled knowledge of the sector, Anthony has been influential in developing the industry and has played an integral role in positioning Gibraltar, more affectionately known as the “Blockchain Rock”, as a hub for crypto and virtual assets related activity.
Darren is a Partner in the firm’s litigation department with a focus on commercial disputes, insolvency, regulatory and more recently crypto-currency/distributed technology ledger law.
Whilst he appears regularly in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, his practice also sees him frequently dealing with cross-border matters, with lawyers and clients from other jurisdictions. Recently he has been involved in cases with Dutch, Maltese, Danish, Swiss and Latvian lawyers.
Darren was called to the Bar in England and Wales and keeps a keen eye on legal developments in that jurisdiction. He regularly works with UK based specialist barristers.
Your timeline to becoming a great lawyer, and more!
To find out more as to whether Hassans is the right firm for you, check out our FAQs below or download Unleash Your Potential which provides you with all you need to know about the firm, what skill set and characteristics we are looking for, as well as insights from lawyers who started out as trainees at the firm, and what their experience has been.
Hassans’ Trainee Recruitment FAQs
- Why Hassans?
We are entrepreneurial.
We are committed to fulfilling Gibraltar’s potential, and have been a driving force within the local economy, at the very forefront of those industries for which Gibraltar is known internationally, including gaming, fintech, and blockchain. If you are passionate about new industries Hassans is the right place for you.
We are bold.
Being entrepreneurial requires courage. We embrace challenges and learn how to manage them. We understand that achievements are the result of relentless pursuits, and find confidence knowing that we are all driven by the will to make an impact, and improve things.
We are human.
The need for community is paramount, and defines our very nature as human beings. A large part of our ability to keep true with our entrepreneurial spirit, and to boldly take on new challenges, stems from knowing that we can find support and guidance. Whilst we have an international attitude, and proudly embrace the very highest standards of service, we never let go of our more personal side. We treasure relationships, and look out for each other.
- What can you expect from Hassans?
At Hassans you will gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas. We advise high-profile local and international clients on a broad range of issues, giving you the opportunity to work on exciting, novel and challenging matters. Working with international clients also means that you will experience working with lawyers in other jurisdictions and across multiple-time zones.
You will learn from leading lawyers that are recognised as experts in their fields. Our Trainee Training Programme will provide you with the opportunity to learn from senior lawyers that have developed and continue to shape the industries that they work in.
We can only improve as a business if our lawyers do as well. This is why we encourage our lawyers to develop their technical expertise as well as their personal skills and have established the Hassans Academy, through which all lawyers are given ongoing training suited to each stage of their careers. We also financially support our lawyers who undertake further studies.
You will find a diverse group of individuals whom all contribute to a hard-working but collegiate and enjoyable working atmosphere. At our core is a vibrant group of junior lawyers who appreciate the importance of striving for excellence to maintain the Hassans reputation, whilst achieving a good work-life balance and promoting a positive working environment for all.
- What we are looking for?
Our trainees are given responsibility from the outset to deal directly with clients, provide support to their teams and become involved in important matters. We look for people who thrive off this responsibility and seek out opportunities.
Commercial drive and entrepreneurial spirit.
Our business is to support our clients’ businesses. An understanding and awareness of commercial issues is crucial. Trainees should also be commercial in their approach to dealing with clients, getting involved in marketing the firm’s services and building new business.
Strong interpersonal skills.
We are a collaborative firm with a varied and diverse client base.
The ability to work in a team and communicate appropriately and efficiently is key.
Motivation to learn and develop.
We believe we can all learn from each other and never stop learning.
We look for trainees who are inquisitive and also willing to share their experience, ideas and opinions with others.
We expect a demonstrable strong academic history however we are equally as interested in your non-academic achievements and experiences.
- What is our diversity policy?
Our clients come from all corners of the globe and all walks of life and so do we.
We celebrate the fact that we are all equally different and we welcome enquiries from everyone. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff can be themselves and feel empowered to succeed is central to our recruitment process.
If you have any disability-related queries or would like to have a conversation with our experienced team regarding adjustments, please contact our Head of Human Resources, Richard Mor on firstname.lastname@example.org
- What does the training contract involve?
During your training contract, you will spend time across the four main departments of the firm: Corporate & Commercial, Private Clients, Property and Litigation. You will also attend the Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law and the Professional Skills Course at the University of Gibraltar.
The Hassans’ Trainee Training Programme will help you navigate through the many activities and responsibilities of your role as a Hassans’ trainee.
During your first few weeks, you will be briefed on your role and introduced to the different tools which form part of your day to day work. You will learn about how the firm is structured and how it operates and, will be introduced to different departments and practitioners.
Following this induction, you will receive ongoing training covering substantive aspects (such as contract drafting) as well as soft-skills (such as research and communication) which we firmly believe form a core part of any successful career in law.
We want to empower you, and the Trainee Training Programme is our way of giving you the best tools to unleash your potential and prepare you to face the many exciting challenges which will arise during your career.
- How can I apply for a training contract?
Most of our trainees are recruited from our Summer Programme however, we are always keen to hear from quality candidates at any time.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to Head of HR, Richard Mor.
Below is a selection of some of our highly respected and knowledgeable lawyers that you could soon be working with and learning from. You can scroll through all of our lawyers in the Our People section.
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