As the UK's leading full-service law firm, we believe we have something genuinely different to offer our trainee solicitors.
You will have a choice of 10 offices around the UK and a place in either our Personal or Business Legal Services streams.
We provide the same high standard of training in all our offices and both streams. You’ll experience three to four different areas of law with a dedicated supervisor and training plan throughout.
You’ll learn on the job, with real responsibility and practical experience in a supportive environment. You’ll work directly with clients, building your own network and could even be running your own files. We’ll teach you the Irwin Mitchell approach to law: working closely with individuals, understanding their needs and providing exceptional client care.
We see our trainees as an investment for the future - over the last five years we have offered qualification roles to more than 80% of our trainees. This shows our commitment to your future.
Your training contract journey begins as soon as you accept your offer. You’ll receive a future trainee pack detailing future trainee events, your mentor buddy and an invite to attend our annual Christmas party! Whether you are still studying or working before you begin, you’ll feel a part of the firm straight away.
All trainees attend a two week induction before they start their first seat. It’s a great way to get to know the firm and your fellow trainees. With 45 training contracts spread across 10 locations, you’ll have a strong support network of other trainees but still have room to grow and make your mark.
Our dedicated graduate team will ensure that your training contract journey is a positive experience from start to finish – that’s why we are named as one The Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers.
Personal Legal Services trainees
3 four-month seats
1 year-long qualification seat
Business Legal Services trainees
3 six-month seats
1 six-month qualification seat
All About You
We are passionate about finding the right individuals to join Irwin Mitchell.
Whether you want to specialise in personal or business legal services, we are looking for trainee solicitors who are committed to their role, their team, and their clients. You will show the initiative to go one step further for our clients, and we will give you the opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge.
Many of our lawyers come from a non-legal background, so we welcome applications from all graduates and undergraduates. We are committed to diversity so we don’t focus on specific universities - our current 100 trainee solicitors studied at over 40 different universities.
You will need to demonstrate the following skills throughout the assessment process:
- Commercial awareness
- High attention to detail
- Analysis and problem-solving skills
- Empathy and interpersonal skills
- Strong communication skills
"I applied to Irwin Mitchell because, whilst it is a large full-service firm, there is opportunity to specialise during the year-long seat.”
Why Choose Us
Every business has its own unique culture and Irwin Mitchell is no exception. We’re proud of the values that make us who we are and that make us one of the most successful law firms in the country.
We’ve come a long way since starting out in Sheffield in 1912 but we haven’t let that change how we operate. We maintain 14 offices in key areas around the country because we understand the importance of local expertise and a personal touch. Our clients range from international corporations to small businesses and private individuals.
We are renowned for our friendly and approachable attitude towards everyone we work with – private clients, business clients and each other. You’ll be encouraged to work as closely with clients as we do and you can always count on getting the support you need while working at Irwin Mitchell.
Our community presence is also a big part of daily life at our locations around the country. Each of our offices select a local charity to work with every year and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with charity fundraising, volunteering and pro bono legal work.