PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Wragge & Co is organised into six groups each comprising several teams many of which are leading UK practices. Technology: The technology group is a national heavyweight with 18 partners and 60 lawyers bringing together the firm's top technology players in corporate, IP, dispute resolution, IT outsourcing, e-commerce and telecoms. In the last three years Wragge & Co's technology related work has increased by over 250% and clients include AT&T, British Airways, BT, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Ordnance Survey. Dispute Resolution: The dispute resolution group includes Wragge & Co's leading construction practice and a 32 partner commercial litigation team equal to City firms in size, depth of dedicated commercial litigation resource and quality of work. Property Development: The property development group and the retail and property services group represent the UK's third largest property group providing a full range of services - including planning, litigation, environmental, tax and management - to landlords and tenants, property developers, contractors, funding institutions, investors and public authorities. This includes a team dedicated to residential development.

Corporate: The corporate group, the largest of its kind outside London and number one in the Midlands, competes on a national platform. Acknowledged to be 'a competitor to all but the largest City firms', the group works in client-facing teams for PLC, private equity and major corporates. Human Resources: The human resources group covers employment, employee benefits, pensions, personal tax, trusts and charities. This group enjoys a reputation for workable solutions to business problems.

Finance & Projects: The finance and projects group offers a range of top specialists in the core areas of energy and utilities - working on an international scale - banking, EU and competition, financial services, insolvency, outsourcing, PFI, regulation and transport. Other: Wragge & Co also operates a number of industry focused teams in aerospace and aviation, automotive, bio-pharmaceutical, food, media and entertainment and travel. For more information and the latest news on Wragge & Co please visit web Main Areas of Work The firm enjoys a national reputation in areas such as corporate, dispute resolution, employment, tax, information technology, media, EU / competition, transport and utilities, project finance and banking. We have also built the UK's third largest property group, a leading UK construction practice and a top UK IP practice. Other 'top five' areas include EU and competition, public law and regulation and pensions. The quality of work is reflected in the organisations included in the firm's client list - 3 i, AT&T, Royal Bank of Scotland, BMW, Boots, British Airways, Cadbury Schweppes, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Carlton Communications, Daimler Benz, GKN, H J Heinz, HP Foods, HSBC, KPMG, Land Rover, Lloyds TSB, Marks and Spencer, McDonald's, Powergen, Peugeot Motor Company, Royal & Sun Alliance, Severn Trent, Transco and Vodafone.

Whilst Wragge & Co's base remains in Birmingham the firm also has offices in Brussels, supporting the EU / competition team, and in London dealing with intellectual property and property development. As a trainee you will be given the opportunity to spend six months in either of these offices. The firm has a substantial number of international connections, regularly represents UK clients doing business overseas and acts as project managers on international transactions. It frequently works with professional advisers in foreign jurisdictions, in addition to acting for overseas clients in the UK and elsewhere. More than 25% of its work is international. Training Environment Wragge & Co places considerable emphasis on transforming trainees into high quality, commercially-minded lawyers.

You will spend six months in four different practice areas which usually are property, corporate and litigation, with a chance to specialise in a seat of your choice. From day one, you will work on live files with direct contact with clients, other solicitors and also be responsible for the management of the transaction and its ultimate billing. The more aptitude you show, the greater the responsibility you will be given. You will be supported by the Graduate Recruitment Team, a Partner who acts as a mentor to you throughout your training contract and a Supervisor who will co-ordinate your work and give you weekly feedback. Introductory courses are provided at the start of each seat in addition to the Professional Skills Course training requirements. This formal training complements 'on the job' learning and it is more than likely the firm's commitment to your development will extend well past the number of days recommended by the Law Society.

Some of the courses will be residential, allowing you to reflect on your work practices away from the office environment and forge relationships and compare notes with your colleagues without the disturbances of your daily work..