How can I contact Tees?

You can phone us on 0800 013 1165 or email hello@teeslaw.com. If you need to speak with a particular person, you'll find their contact details on the 'Our People' section. 

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Where can I find more information about Wortley Byers merging with Tees?

From the 1st January 2019, Wortley Byers merged with Tees – you can read more about the merger in our news post. If you have any questions about the merger, please contact us.

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Where is your office?

Tees has six offices - Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. We're happy to see you at the office of your choice, and our solicitors or financial advisers can travel to an office that suits you. You can find directions on our website here.

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Is there parking at your office?

Yes, all of our offices have parking nearby. Our Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden offices have onsite parking. Our Royston office has free parking a short walk away.

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Is there a benefits package whilst working at Tees?

At Tees, we value our people. Our business is built on people, and the great relationships we enjoy with our clients are a reflection of the relationship we’ve built with our employees.

People stay with Tees because it’s a place where their career can grow. We believe that rewarding staff for their contributions, both great and small, and investing in their future is vital to the growth of the firm.

We offer all the normal benefits of working at a modern law firm – a stakeholder pension scheme, non-contributory death in service benefit and permanent health insurance are standard.

At Tees, we see the big value in little things. That’s why everyone here gets their birthday off – to relax with family and friends, or go on that birthday adventure. We understand how important the details are – and how much small changes can make a big difference to you. That’s what sets Tees apart as a place to work.

Tees is an open, friendly place to work. We have beautiful offices, and each is full of supportive people who will value your contributions. 

Our benefits package is designed to make your life easier. Life can be challenging, so we believe in providing practical help along the way. So, we offer childcare vouchers, reduced costs for a range of legal services and things like a contribution to the cost of your glasses. 

Benefits of working at Tees include…

  • Stakeholder pension scheme (up to 3% matched contribution) 
  • Perkbox membership – access to gyms, big brand discounts, free phone insurance and more!
  • Permanent Health Insurance scheme
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Birthday leave.

There are also opportunities to get involved in social and community activities.

Does Tees provide training contracts?

Are you a law student? Our popular graduate scheme offers a road into a major regional law firm.

We are a major regional law firm, and we’re growing fast. We offer a wide variety of opportunities in a range of departments. So whether it’s wills or leases, farmland development or divorces – we'll have something that piques your interest.

You will absolutely be allowed and encouraged to contribute effectively day-to-day – and of course you will be surrounded by experienced lawyers, helping you at every step. We carefully assess the level of responsibility we give you and when you’re ready, you can deliver client-facing work too.

We’re award-winning

in 2019 we won the 2019 Law Careers.net ‘Best Trainer – Regional Law Firm’ award. We have a good track record - we've won The LawCareers.Net Recruitment and Training award for ‘Best trainer - Medium regional firm’ in 2016 (and in 2010) and in 2012 we won Best Work Placement scheme – Regional firm.

We only recruit academically strong, personable and ambitious people to train with Tees. Our trainees are a big part of the firm’s future, as they progress through their training, into qualification and beyond. In fact, 8 of our current partners, started their careers as trainees at Tees! 

When to apply

The application process for training contracts starting in September 2020 and 2021 is now closed.

The closing date for training contracts starting in September 2022 is July 2020 (date TBC).

The Assessment Centre will be held in August 2020 (date TBC).

We get a very high volume of applications, so please do apply well in advance of your intended start date.

What we’re looking for

  • At least 320 UCAS points (ABB) or equivalent

  • At least a 2:1 in your degree

  • A keen and genuine interest in Tees

  • A personable and ambitious nature

  • A well-rounded individual with interests both related and unrelated to the law

  • Commercial awareness

  • A sense of humour!

If that sounds like you then we would like to hear from you.

Please send your CV with a covering letter clearly marked – Application for Tees 2021 Training Contract - to Letty Glaister by email to gradrec@teeslaw.com or by post to our Bishop's Stortford office.

Does Tees provide a vacation scheme?

Tees’ award-winning vacation scheme provides a first-hand look into what it’s like to work at a top UK 200 law firm. This page sets out our selection criteria, application deadlines and what to expect during your placement.

What is the Vacation Scheme?

Every year, we welcome talented students and graduates for a week’s placement on our vacation scheme. It’s your chance to get to know us and about working in a modern law firm.

It’s also our chance to get to know you and we regularly invite vacation scheme candidates to join our training contract assessment process.

How the Vacation Scheme works

The vacation scheme runs for one week during the first two weeks of July, and is open to:

  • Second and third year undergraduates
  • Graduates
  • Students/graduates of the LPC or GDL  

During your placement, you’ll get to work on real cases and will work in two or three different departments. You’ll get to see the range of the firm’s work and talk to experienced solicitors about what it’s like to work in their field. 

We are looking for candidates with: 

  • At least 320 UCAS points (ABB at A Level or equivalent)
  • A keen and genuine interest in applying to Tees for a training contract
  • A personable and ambitious nature
  • Interests both related and unrelated to the law
  • Commercial awareness
  • A sense of humour!

During the week, you will be invited for lunch with some of our current trainees. We will reimburse any travel expenses up to £50.

Vacation Scheme Application Deadlines

The deadline for each summer is the preceding 31 March and interviews are normally conducted in April. 

The deadline for our 2020 summer vacation scheme is 31 March 2020. Applications by covering letter addressed to Helen Midgley with CV should be sent to:gradrec@teeslaw.com

Applying for a Training Contract at Tees

Vacation schemes are a great way of deciding to which firms you would like to apply for a training contract, and Tees’ vacation scheme is no exception. During your placement, you’ll have the chance to chat with our current trainees about life as a trainee solicitor here.

Our training contract consists of four seats of six months in different departments at one of our five offices. Trainees work in supportive teams and are supervised by either a Partner or Senior Associate. We actively encourage our trainees to get involved in marketing, networking, training and social events hosted by the firm.  The environment is an enthusiastic and friendly one and trainees have regular meetings with their supervisors.

At Tees, we support our trainees and their progression through the firm.  Some of our previous trainees include:

Chris Claxton-Shirley – Wills Tax Trusts and Probate Solicitor at Tees 

Sally Powell – Family Partner at Tees

David Miller – Commercial Property Partner at Tees

What happens to my money if I die without a will?

If you die without a will, your money will be distributed under the rules of intestacy. Under intestacy rules, your next of kin can inherit your money and assets according to a strict order of priority.

If you have a spouse or civil partner and children, then your spouse/ civil partner would receive the first £250,000 of your estate and personal chattels. Anything above this amount would be split as to half for the surviving spouse/ civil partner and half equally between your children. If any of your children have predeceased you, then their share may pass to any surviving children of theirs. 

If you should pass away without any surviving spouse/civil partner, children or grandchildren then your estate shall pass in accordance with the following order of priority: 

  • Parents
  • Brothers and sisters (or their children)
  • Half-brothers and sisters (or their children)
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and aunts (or their children)
  • Half-uncles and aunts (or their children)

If you have no surviving relatives as described above, then your estate would pass to the Crown. Having a properly written will in place means your wishes are known and can be carried out after your death.

What does ‘dying intestate’ mean?

Dying intestate means dying without a valid will. If you don’t make a will before you die (or your will is invalid), then the rules of intestacy decide who should inherit from your estate. The reasons a will can be deemed invalid include:

  • marriage
  • legal errors
  • concerns as to testamentary capacity or duress
  • issues with execution.

What are the benefits of having a will?

The benefits of having a properly written will include:

  • You choose who inherits from your estate
  • You can choose someone to trust to administer your estate
  • Your family know what your wishes are
  • Gives the opportunity for estate and inheritance tax planning and management 
  • Makes appropriate provisions for minors or dependents 
  • Assists your estate in the event that the will is contested.

We understand your situation and our expert team are here to help

Get in touch to speak with someone who can help you move forward.

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