Our application process will be open on the 1st February 2019 for training contracts starting in 2020.
The Counting House
53 Tooley Street
London Bridge City
London, SE1 2QN
Tel: 020 7940 4060
Fax: 020 7378 8025
Anthony Gold is a South Bank law firm with a national reputation for Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Family and Housing work. It also provides the usual business and private client contentious and non-contentious services. We aim to provide our clients with excellent technical skills delivered efficiently, consistently and in a cost-effective manner.
Our lawyers strive to make a difference by:
- Offering client-focused funding arrangements; including, where appropriate, conditional fees, deferred fees, contingency fees and, where it is profitable, public funding
- Being at the cutting edge of the law; constantly looking for new ways of solving legal problems
- Giving no-nonsense advice in plain English
- Being committed to the ethical practice of the law
- Operating efficiently but offering a sensible work-life balance
The firm was founded in 1963 by Anthony Gold and has grown consistently since that time. The firm’s roots were in South London and it retains offices in Streatham and Elephant and Castle, but its head office is in central London on the South Bank, in a significantly developing area. The firm now has in excess of 100 staff plus partners.
Whilst litigation has always been central to the firm’s reputation, it was originally founded in the City and has always had a commercial capability. It also has a thriving private client department.
Many of the Partners trained with the firm and we maintain a commitment to recruit and develop bright young lawyers as an investment for the firm’s future. Our solicitors have a reputation for excellent technical skills and many contribute regularly to legal specialist journals. They are also committed to helping the work of professional bodies and in recent years our Partners have led the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Resolution and the Housing Law Practitioners Association.
Whilst aiming to run an efficient and profitable business, the partners are also committed to ensuring that staff enjoy a sensible work-life balance. The firm will continue to measure its success in being an attractive place to work by measuring indicators such as staff retention, recruitment and satisfaction levels by way of staff meetings and taking regular soundings at departmental level.
Clients and Services
The firm acts for a wide range of clients.
Our equal opportunities policy is very important to us. We will not discriminate against clients or client groups on the basis of race, religion, colour, ethnic origin, disability, age, sex or sexual orientation in the implementation of our business plan.
All our offices offer 24-hour access so meetings can be arranged at convenient times to clients. Home visits to individual clients (particularly when disabled) and visits to commercial clients’ own business premises are encouraged in appropriate cases.
The firm’s strategy is to promote consistency of quality across all areas of the firm. The aim is to produce a high level of confidence and knowledge as a basis for internal referrals. Efforts will be made to continue to improve measurement of quality, including surveys and comparisons with other firms. The firm will aim to provide services in accordance with the client’s needs.
Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence
Supervising Partner: Jon Nicholson
Our personal injury and clinical negligence team handles a wide variety of cases on behalf of claimants, ranging from simple tripping cases to complex catastrophic injury claims. The team includes 7 members who are on the Law Society’s Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and 5 members of the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel, with 2 also being members of the Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel.
We are recommended for personal injury and clinical negligence work in both the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500. All members of the team belong to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (“APIL”) and David Marshall is a former president of APIL.
Most of our personal injury work is funded by conditional fee agreements and the team has a long-established expertise in this area. We are also one of the few firms who continue to have a community legal service franchise for clinical negligence work.
Supervising Partner: David Wedgwood
Our commercial clients are mainly small and medium sized private companies and professional partnerships. We know our commercial clients as individuals usually dealing direct with principals of the business. We are members of the Lawyers for Business Scheme and we are committed to supporting young and growing businesses in the local community.
The team also deals with commercial litigation, employment (for both sides), company work, commercial work, IT, professional negligence and commercial disputes.
Supervising Partner: Kim Beatson
All members of the department deal exclusively with family work and the firm has developed a high profile in this area. The department covers the full range of family disputes, including cohabitation, financial provision, Children Act proceedings and domestic violence.
Members of the department are actively involved in Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) and Kim Beatson is the former chair.
Three members of the department are qualified family mediators and the firm offers a mediation service to both private and publicly funded clients.
The department also offers a collaborative law service. This involves couples reaching solutions together with their respective lawyers, both of whom will be trained in the collaborative process. Collaborative lawyers sign an agreement with the couple, which disqualifies the lawyers from representing them in Court if the collaborative process breaks down. It means that the lawyers are absolutely committed to helping find the best solutions by agreement, rather than through conflict.
Housing and Public Law
Supervising Partner: Andrew Brookes
We have a well known Housing and Public Law department based both at our Elephant and Castle and our Streatham offices. Members of the department are actively involved in the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association and Andrew Brookes is the former chair.
Most of our housing and landlord and tenant work is on behalf of tenants. It includes eviction, disrepair cases against both public authorities and private landlords.
We have considerable experience of judicial review and the Human Rights Act. The department has taken numerous cases which have been reported in the Law Reports.
We also act in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and in disputes regarding residential leaseholds.
Supervising Partner: Stephen Whitaker
We undertake a wide variety of residential and commercial conveyancing, licensing and planning work including representation at public enquiries. Members of our department are based at our London Bridge, Streatham and Elephant and Castle offices. Our client base includes substantial property developers as well as straightforward residential conveyancing. The department also deals with business sales and purchases where the main assets of the business consist of its premises.
Trusts and Estates
Supervising Partner: Carrie Duncan
Wills and probate work is carried out from our London Bridge and Streatham offices and includes will drafting, trusts and tax planning.
We act for a number of very substantial estates as well as dealing with the affairs of ordinary families particularly in the South London area.
We generally recruit four to five trainee solicitors each year. We recruit both law and non-law graduates. We are looking for candidates with:-
- A strong academic background (2:1 or above and, save in exceptional circumstances, good A levels (usually at least 2 grade As and 1 grade B in the candidate’s best three A level subjects, (excluding General Studies) or their equivalent);
- Common sense; and
- A commitment to the type of work we do.
We are committed to attracting candidates from the widest possible educational background.
We normally recruit trainee solicitors one year ahead of the date when they will commence work.
We require applications to be submitted on our standard application form only. We do not accept CVs and we do not consider applications sent with a CV appended.
If results are awaited, then the application should be delayed until after 1 July, but should reach us by 31 July. Interviews for training contracts are held in September/October each year. There is only one interview and applicants will be required to comment on two “test” papers (one written and one oral) and to demonstrate an interest in the law and to have a knowledge of current developments affecting the profession.
Because of the size of the firm and the nature of our work, we are unable to sponsor students through law school, but we are able to make some limited financial assistance available to successful candidates by way of a bursary of £2,000. This is paid as to £1,000 on commencement of the training contract and the balance at the start of the second year.
The trainee solicitors will usually spend time in three departments; either at the London Bridge, Streatham or Elephant and Castle office. We always use our best endeavours to provide trainees with experience in departments which most interest them, but we expect our trainees to be flexible and trainees may be asked to work at one or all of our offices. It is highly likely trainees will gain experience of personal injury as a result of the size and requirements of the department. We therefore expect trainees to elect the personal injury option on the LPC unless we have agreed otherwise.
Historically, the majority of trainee solicitors have been offered positions on qualification and have accepted and stayed with the firm as solicitors. This is in keeping with our commitment to recruit and develop bright young lawyers as an investment for the firm’s future.
It is not possible for us to predict the salaries which will be offered to trainee solicitors when they join in two years’ time. However, as at May 2015 salaries were as follows:
- 1st year trainee solicitors: £24,300
- 2nd year trainee solicitors: £26,700
- newly qualified solicitors: £36,400
Trainees are entitled to 20 working days holiday in each year, plus Public Holidays, and two additional days at Christmas.