Legal Work Experience in Sussex

Last updated on June 29th, 2021 at 10:02 am

Work Experience Placements

Every year we offer three two-week summer work experience placements at The Jonathan Lea Network. We also offer one week work experience placements every Christmas and Easter (on such mutually convenient dates that are agreed with a candidate). This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is either studying or has recently completed a law degree, the GDL conversion course or the LPC to gain practical experience at a commercial law firm during the summer of 2021, from:

Monday 21st June to Friday 2nd July;

Monday 12th July to Friday 23rd July; and

Monday 2nd August to Friday 13th August.

The successful candidates will be reimbursed £200 per week for their expenses and will also have a good chance of being offered a paralegal or training contract position with us to start in September 2021. One of our three current trainee solicitors previously undertook a work experience placement with us, while two of our three current paralegals completed a vacation placement with us over summer 2020.

We currently pay £27,000 per annum to first year trainee solicitors and £30,000 to second year trainee solicitors (plus bonus).

We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who might want to study the LPC part time. In such cases we are interested in offering a job with us to fit around academic studies, as well as sponsorship for the LPC fees.

The Jonathan Lea Network is a new, forward thinking specialist business law firm that from 2017 to 2020 increased its turnover six-fold and continues to grow strongly. You can find out more about us here. We have continued to keep ourselves busy through the Covid-19 lockdown period and none of the team have needed to be furloughed.

Our office is located in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, 10 minutes walk from the train station (which is about 40 minutes south from Victoria, Blackfriars or London Bridge). We have a hybrid way of operating in that our employed junior fee earners and admin staff are (usually) based in our central office, while they also often work alongside our self-employed consultant solicitors who operate on a remote and flexible basis.

Our clients include leading technology startups, celebrities, media companies and entrepreneurs across a range of industry sectors.

The majority of our clients are based in and around London, while our work is also frequently international in scope. We make the most of modern technology, such as zoom calls, and are not burdened with any outdated legacy overheads of more established firms, such as expensive London premises.

The experience you can expect to gain working with us will be varied and should include some of the following (being our main areas of specialism):

  • Corporate finance, particularly SEIS/EIS angel and VC investment rounds;
  • Mergers and acquisitions in respect of owner managed private companies (including MBOs);
  • Commercial contracts and terms and conditions, particularly for tech startups and IT businesses generally, including those focused on intellectual property;
  • Commercial property (leasehold and freehold) and some residential;
  • EMI and unapproved share option schemes and other equity arrangements;
  • Complex private company corporate restructuring; and
  • Shareholder disputes and buy outs.


To apply please email your CV and a covering letter, along with any other relevant information you feel would help your application and make you stand out (such as your LinkedIn profile or even a TikTok video), to


Life as a Trainee Solicitor at The Jonathan Lea Network