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    Trainee Solicitor Programme

    We offer a variety of apprentice and graduate opportunities so you can start your legal career with a leading global law firm where we have been providing quality legal services for more than a century and care about the success of our clients. By being your unique self, you will take the time to understand our clients’ needs and provide practical, bespoke advice – always with their best commercial interests in mind. Be commercial. Be empowered. Be connected. Be involved. Be One of Us.

    Visit Our Online Graduate Brochure

    We are immensely proud of our trainee solicitor programme and the number of individuals who have remained with the firm after qualifying and who, in many cases, are now our partners, including our training principal Giles Chesher. To apply now, please visit our application portal.

    Giles Chesher
    Training Principal

    Giles Chesher“As training principal, I am passionate about the quality of training and opportunities given to our trainees. I trained with the firm and have always been involved with our trainees in a number of different roles – as daily supervisor, supervising partner and now training principal. I can vouch for the investment that we make in our trainees’ development and progression, as demonstrated by the high proportion of partners who trained with the firm. It is my role as training principal to give trainees the opportunity to meet their full potential.”

    From the very start of your Trainee Solicitor Programme, you will have the opportunity to work with the people who will help you shape your future. You can choose from our Birmingham, Leeds, London or Manchester offices and, with six seats on offer and a variety of practice areas available, you can effectively create your own individual training programme, empowering you to set the foundation for your career with us. Supervision is paramount to the success of our scheme and we have a two-tier system, with a partner supervisor in your department, as well as a daily supervisor.

    You will be guaranteed first-rate work and a high level of involvement with our clients, working across our network of offices on complex and fast-moving international problems, transactions and disputes.

    If you have language skills, there is the opportunity for a secondment to one of our overseas offices. Trainees to date have experienced seats in Brussels and Paris. Perhaps you are also interested in a client secondment – a great chance to build your own networks and experience a client’s business first hand. We have plenty of opportunities for you to experience life client-side. Our training contract gives you the tools and the platform to take you where you want to be as a person and as a professional. Making the most of it is up to you.

    Our aim each year is to retain as many of our talented group of qualifying trainee solicitors in permanent legal roles within the firm as possible. The roles that we have available vary each year according to our business needs, and all of our trainees are encouraged to apply to the newly qualified vacancies in which they are interested.

    Applications to our Summer Vacation Scheme and Trainee Solicitor Programme

    We make our offers for our Trainee Solicitor Programme from our Summer Vacation Schemes two years in advance. To be eligible to apply, you must either be a penultimate/final-year law student, a final-year non-law student, or have already graduated from a law or non-law degree. This is so you are able to complete the required legal education prior to commencing your Trainee Solicitor Programme.

    Applications for our 2022 Summer Vacation Schemes are now closed for our four UK offices. Applications for our 2023 Summer Vacation will open towards the end of this year.

    To find out more about our offering, take a look at our Online Graduate Brochure to find all the information you need.

    Tips on making a successful application:

    • Check your spelling and grammar, do a double take, maybe triple
    • We want to know about all your relevant skills
    • Structure your answers, use the word counts provided as a guide
    • Take the time to understand us, our areas of interest and types of clients we act for as we will want to know why you are choosing our firm
    • Think about anything you have been involved with that would make you stand out – we are excited to get to know you
    • During the digital assessment stage, take your time to understand the question and use the practice slots to rehearse your recorded video answer and be free from any distractions

    For more hints and tips, visit our Online Graduate Brochure.

    If you require any further information, please contact our Emerging Talent team. For further information on current vacancies and to apply, please visit our application portal.

    UK Apprenticeships Programmes

    Our firm is a great place for you to take the first steps toward reaching your career aspirations. As an apprentice, you will receive dedicated support through our chosen training providers and invaluable on-the-job training from the start of your career with us. We are giving you the opportunity to join our expert teams to build your knowledge and skills.

    Visit Our Online Paralegal Apprentice Brochure

    We are currently recruiting for a number of Business Support Apprentice roles across our Leeds, London, Manchester and Birmingham offices. You can apply for our opportunities by clicking the below links:

    If you are interested in conducting some work experience in one of our UK office please click here to make an application.

    For any questions or queries please email

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