As the UK's leading full-service law firm, we believe we have something genuinely different to offer our trainee solicitors.
As a national firm, there are 11 different locations where you could complete your training contract. There is a choice of either the Business Legal Services or Personal Legal Services stream.
Within business legal services, expect seat rotations in areas such as banking & finance, insolvency and employment. Personal legal services contain both the personal injury seats, such as serious injury and medical negligence, but also private wealth seats in areas such as will, trust and estate disputes, court of protection and family law.
You will complete four training seats over your two years, each with a high level of partner and senior associate interaction, giving you the chance to gain a diverse set of experiences whilst learning and working with some of the most highly regarded solicitors and legal minds in the UK.
At Irwin Mitchell, our trainees are passionate, creatively minded, have high emotional intelligence and possess strong analytical and problem solving skills. A large number of training contracts are offered to those who have completed a legal work placement, which is a great way to get a real insight into what life is actually like at the firm.
Irwin Mitchell seek to provide opportunities to those who have a passion for the law and who want to make a positive difference to both society and their future careers. If this sounds like a description of yourself, then this could well be the destination for you.
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.
If successful, you'll attend a two week induction before you start your 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 of choice.
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 legal services or business legal services, we are looking for trainee solicitors who are committed to their role, their team, and their clients. You'll show passion for your chosen field and will have the resilience, tenacity and skill to deal with a variety of complex scenarios.
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
“Irwin Mitchell is a place to develop as a lawyer and as an individual. It offers the experience of working at a big, national firm, with the learning opportunities of being in a smaller team.”
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.