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Training contracts

At Charles Russell Speechlys, we demand a high level of performance from our solicitors and expect them to be tuned into the needs and demands of our clients whilst advising and delivering an excellent level of technical expertise.

However, we know that success takes time to nurture and our training contract is designed to set our trainee solicitors on the right path and help them to succeed.

The two-year training contract at Charles Russell Speechlys is divided into four seats, giving trainees the opportunity to experience a range of different practice areas before qualification. This gives our trainees the chance to engage in high level work with both private clients and commercial clients.

The different areas of law that trainees may experience during their training contract include:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial
  • Construction, Engineering & Projects
  • Corporate 
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Financial Services & Funds
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Pensions
  • Private Client
  • Property Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • TMT.

Trainees also have the opportunity to go on client secondment to high-profile companies in property, media, finance, sports, luxury retail and fashion.  These in-house secondments are an excellent way for trainees to truly understand the finer points of what clients really expect from their lawyers as well as gaining an understanding of the issues our clients face.

As well as client secondments, there may also be opportunities for trainees to undertake secondments to one of our overseas offices.

Our trainees enjoy plenty of personal attention during their professional training. Partners, Senior Associates and many others devote a great deal of time to your development. As one of only a small intake of trainees each year, you will need to be ready for real work and supervised client contact from the very start.

Throughout the training contract, there are regular meetings and reviews between the trainees and their supervisors to ensure they are continuing to receive a broad range of quality work and that they are developing the required skills and knowledge as they progress through their seats.  These meetings take the form of a more informal review at the mid-seat stage and a formal performance review at the end of the seat.  The reviews are very much a two-way process and trainees are encouraged to identify personal objectives for development, as we want every trainee to get the best out of each seat.


Applications for our 2019 Training Contracts will be opening in December 2016 for the following offices:

  • Cheltenham
  • Guildford
  • London

The deadline to apply for our training contracts will be in the summer of 2017.