UK Trainees & Apprentices

We place a strong emphasis on supporting our early career professionals into their life-long careers. Our emerging talent population is valued and developed throughout their career journey and provided with extensive opportunities and training to support their professional development.

Here you will find further information about our trainee solicitor and solicitor apprentice opportunities, including insights into the programmes available and the application process to join us.

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Our Opportunities

We are looking for people who mirror our values, with the curiosity, agility and teamwork needed to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape. If you are interested in first-rate client work in an inclusive environment and a strong emphasis on your wellbeing, we could be the firm for you.

Summer Vacation Scheme

We recruit all future trainees through our Summer Vacation Scheme, which is held in June for one week. Within this week you will get to know the firm and experience what life is really like as a trainee at the firm, with real work given to you by your daily supervisor or trainee buddy. You will get to know our strategy and initiatives, as well as meet those working on our environmental, social and governance (ESG), DEI and pro bono programmes. We also have active Charity and Social committees, with our head trainees regularly organising events within these, which you may be able to attend during the scheme.

Training Contracts

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments.

Our unique six-seat Training Contract provides a depth of experience and exposure to various legal practice areas. Dual-tier supervision will ensure you are supported throughout your training by a daily and partner supervisor, with regular contact from our dedicated emerging talent graduate partners who look to ensure you are making the most out of your seats.

We provide a range of learning opportunities that will enable you to develop and progress your career with the firm. Opportunities include national and international secondments, alongside bespoke learning, and development programmes.

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Application Process

Applications for our 2024 Summer Vacation Scheme are now open!

To apply for a place on our vacation scheme, please see below:

Birmingham

 

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Manchester

 

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You will need to complete the following:

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1. Written Application

The applications for the Summer Vacation Scheme open on 18 September 2023. You will be able to submit your written initial application until 3 January 2024, when applications will close.

We do not recruit on a rolling basis. To be eligible to apply, you will need the following:

  • To be predicted to obtain, or have obtained, a 2:1 undergraduate university degree in any discipline.
  • Be at least in the second year of a law degree, or final year of a non-law degree, or have graduated from university.
  • Be available to start the Training Contract position in September 2026.
  • Have completed, or be able to complete, your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) / Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) / Legal Practice Course (LPC) before September 2026.
2. Digital Assessment

The next stage of the application process is the digital assessment. You will be given time to prepare your answer to the questions on screen, and you are given a one-week deadline to complete this assessment, which you are required to complete over one sitting.

3. Assessment Centre

The next stage in the application process is an in-person assessment centre which will take place at one of our offices. This consists of three activities – an interview, a group exercise, and a presentation. You will be given the presentation topic one week in advance of your assessment centre so that you can prepare accordingly.

4. Vacation Scheme

The final stage of the application process is the vacation scheme, where you will be assessed on your performance within your practice group and within the interview and presentation that is undertaken at the end of the scheme. As before, the presentation topic is provided one week prior to the scheme.

Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme

Our Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme gives you the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and a qualification, whilst getting paid, at one of the world’s strongest international law firms.

Across our UK offices, we recruit for Solicitor Apprentices via our Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme.

Paralegal Apprenticeships

As a Paralegal Apprentice you will reside in one practice group for the duration of your apprenticeship, where you will be supporting our paralegals and solicitors in delivering an excellent service to our clients. You will be encouraged to develop your legal skills and explore as many opportunities as possible for further development including attending client business development events or mock pitch competitions, as well as support with organising Charity, DEI and social events.

You will complete your learning with BPP University, whose programme combines the technical knowledge of a lawyer with a practical, hands-on approach to learning. Over the two-year duration, you will be given one set working day to prepare for and complete assignments, as well as attend webinars and workshops. To prepare for exams and assessments, you will be given exam leave, as well as six paid working days to use for additional study leave should this be required.

Upon completion of your Paralegal Apprenticeship, we will explore with you the possibility of progressing onto the Solicitor Apprenticeship to allow you to complete the remaining four years of apprenticeship learning required to qualify as a Solicitor.

Find out more about the learning programme at BPP University.

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Application Process

Applications for our Paralegal Apprenticeship are not currently open.

We will announce the opening of these on our website and social media for our future positions.

Open Days

Our open days give you the opportunity to get to know our firm and our operations with hands-on experience and exposure to various members of the firm. You will meet with key people in our practice areas and learn about the application process. It is a great way to get a real flavour of who we are and what we do.

The day will provide learning opportunities to better understand our practice areas, our training contract and our strategy. You will network with individuals in a variety of roles in the business, who are all keen to get to know you and your interests.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for details of our next Open Days.

Insights & Webinars

We understand that choosing which firms to apply to is difficult. To help you make an informed decision about whether to apply, hear from some of our trainees and partners as they share their experiences and insight into what life at the firm is really like:

  • Digital Assessments
  • Firm Awareness and Commercial Awareness
  • First Impressions
  • Our Placement Schemes
  • Resilience

Throughout the year we visit university campuses across the UK, where again you can learn more about us. Find out where we will be, and when, via our recruiting events calendar.