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Trainee Solicitor

Irwin Mitchell
Irwin Mitchell
  • Entry Requirements:2:1 preferred, -
  • Salary:Regional £26,500 London £38,000
  • Deadline:04/01/2021
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    • Nationwide

We’re legal experts with a difference. As well as offering a full-range of legal services to individuals and businesses, we also support people with their finances, wealth and asset management. We focus on what really matters; our clients, colleagues and communities. We work with our clients, and take the time to understand what matters most to them. We call it ‘expert hand, human touch’.

For Business Legal Services our typical clients are drawn from a cross-section of growing businesses to large companies, and come from a range of sectors including technology, consumer, financial services, manufacturing, media and entertainment, real estate, and education. The firm offers expertise in banking and finance, commercial litigation, corporate, commercial, employment, insolvency and real estate.

Within the Personal Legal Services we cover all the key injury areas such as asbestos-related disease, serious injury, international travel litigation, medical negligence and product liability. In addition to Personal Injury, Private Wealth offers a wide range of services for private clients including succession planning, tax, reputation protection, family, and probate administration. It also advises business owners and executives on their personal business wealth.

Our training contracts:

We offer training contracts at 11 of our offices across the UK. Trainees choose between either Business Legal Services (BLS) or Personal Legal Services (PLS). Within BLS, seat rotations include areas such as corporate, real estate, litigation and tax. PLS offers both personal injury seats including serious injury, medical negligence and court of protection, but also private wealth seats such as wills, trust and estate disputes, and family law. 

Trainees will complete four training seats over two years, interacting with partners and senior associates. 


The trainee solicitor role develops skills that candidates will use as qualified solicitors.

The key skills include:

  • Advocacy and oral presentation

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Case and transaction management

  • Communication skills

  • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships

  • Drafting

  • Interviewing and advising

  • Legal research

  • Negotiation

  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement

  • Managing themselves and their own work

During the two year period the trainee will be supervised and given opportunity to develop and experience these skills.

What we are looking for in a trainee:

Trainees need to be flexible in their approach to everything, be resilient to change, and have a drive to solve problems.

It’s in our DNA to value people for who they are and what they bring. We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people can flourish. We have a strong network to celebrate and support our colleagues, clients and communities covering sexuality, disability, age, gender, race, social background and culture.  

We are looking for ambitious and well-motivated individuals who have a real commitment to the law and who can demonstrate a positive approach to their work. We recruit both law and non-law graduates and view social ability as important as academic achievement.

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