Training

We aim to provide our trainees with well-rounded, hands-on training in a collegiate and supportive environment. We’re looking for ambitious trainees who are keen to learn and who are passionate about the practice areas and sectors in which we operate.

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Training contract opportunities

The application process for a training contract to commence in September 2025 is now open.

Key dates and a link to the application form are set out at the foot of this page.

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Who we're looking for

A 2:1 degree or above is desirable. We expect all candidates to have a commitment to the law (although we welcome applications from non-law graduates) and a proven interest in business and commerce. We look to recruit trainees who are ambitious, motivated, considerate and collegiate; trainees who understand our core values and who seek to build upon our excellent reputation. We recognise and believe that today’s trainees can be our future partners – we encourage that focus and determination to drive our firm forward.

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Diversity and inclusion

We are fully committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion and we aim to recruit our trainees on the basis of their experience, abilities and qualifications alone. We are delighted to be working with Aspiring Solicitors as part of our drive to increase diversity in the legal industry. We also have a partnership with ReachOut, a mentoring charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their career prospects. We don’t recruit directly from the ReachOut programme, but we do provide mentoring, an Insight Day and two spaces for candidates to attend our placement week to gain invaluable work experience.

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Application process

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK - unfortunately, given the size of the firm, we are currently unable to provide VISA sponsorship. Applicants are asked to complete an application form via the link below and attend an interview. Following interview, up to 8 successful candidates will be invited to attend a work placement for 1 week at our offices. As we receive a large number of applications, unfortunately it isn’t possible to interview every candidate or offer feedback, should you not be selected for the work placement week.

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Funding and support

If you are successful, our training contract offer will be conditional on you successfully completing the LPC, passing each module on the first attempt. For those who have yet to take their LPC, we will meet the cost of the LPC at our preferred supplier, BPP, provided that, if you subsequently choose not to join us as a trainee, you will be obliged to refund those costs to us. We will meet the cost of your attendance on the compulsory Professional Skills Course which will take place during the course of your training contract. We will consider the cost of any required re-attendance or re-sits at our discretion.

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The SQE

With the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as an alternative route to qualification, the way in which solicitors qualify is changing. Our recruitment programme to date has been based on the traditional route to qualification but we are in the process of transitioning to the SQE. Non-law graduates will be required to take a law conversion before embarking on SQE prep courses.  We will meet the cost of the SQE1, Essentials for Practice and SQE2 at our preferred supplier, BPP, provided that if you subsequently choose not to join us, you will be obliged to refund those costs to us. Once passed, candidates will join the firm for two years of Qualifying Work Experience.

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What you can expect

Our practice is split into the following areas of law: Civil Litigation, Commercial and Company, Employment, Family, Private Client and Property. During your training contract/qualifying work experience, you will be given the opportunity to work in at least three areas of law.  You may also be asked to complete an ad hoc client secondment for up to three months. Alongside a competitive salary, our trainees are eligible for a range of benefits including a cash plan scheme, 24/7 GP access, discounted gym membership, private health insurance, group income protection, death in service, pension, cycle-to-work scheme, payroll giving and season ticket loans.

Training contracts

Applications must be made via Apply4Law.

Please ensure you can be available to attend an interview and the work placement on these dates before submitting your application.

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Key dates

The deadline for all completed applications is 30 April 2023.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3 July 2023.

The work placement week will take place in the week commencing 7 August 2023.

There’s a wide variety of interesting work and plenty of direct contact with clients. Everyone really cares about giving you the best experience possible and the friendly, open-door culture makes it easy to feel comfortable from your first day.
Trainee 2021
You have the opportunity to take on responsibility in every department, if you show you are willing. Everyone here works really hard but is extremely friendly and sociable – it’s a great environment to train in.
Trainee 2020
They were incredibly understanding of our unique needs and collaborated in a very flexible way. I would describe the team as very approachable and capable – they took time to listen to our requirements and made recommendations accordingly.
Legal 500
They are experts in their field, provide very focused and commercial advice and are responsive to tight deadlines.
Legal 500
They take a sensible pragmatic approach to a contentious situation. Their legal analysis of the issue is good and they provide a number of options to me as the client as to how to move forward.
Legal 500

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