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It takes all kinds of smart

Emotional intelligence is at the heart of what we do.

Our lawyers aren’t just technically brilliant; they connect the dots and celebrate differences. We’re looking for tomorrow’s lawyers with razor-sharp skills, a hunger to learn and the enthusiasm to get stuck in. Through our work together, we’ll give you the responsibility and support you need to flourish.

Firstly, you will need to meet our minimum criteria. For our Training Contract opportunities, you must have or be on track for a 2.1 or above, with AAB grades at A Level (or equivalent if applying from overseas).

Secondly, please remember that we usually recruit two years in advance and you must be eligible to start your training contract in the appropriate year we are recruiting for, i.e. at least in your penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree. 

Once you have submitted your application and the deadline has closed, our panel of reviewers will review all applications. Those shortlisted will be asked to take part in a situational judgement test and video interview.

We run Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes in each UK office. If you have applied for a vacation scheme and are successful from the video interview, you will then be invited to attend one of the vacation schemes. During the scheme you will be required to complete an assessment centre. At the end of the scheme we will review your performance at the assessment centre along with the feedback from your time in the firm and you may be offered a training contract.

If you are unable to attend our Vacation Schemes you are able to able directly to an Assessment Centre. If you are successful from the video interview, you will then be invited to attend an assessment centre day. Our assessment centres include a range of individual and group activities designed to assess the key skills required as a solicitor. These activities include a written exercise and an interview with a Partner and an Associate or member of HR.

At each stage of the process we are able to make reasonable adjustments for those who require it. In these instances you should contact us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

For help on how to succeed at each of our recruitment stages, read our tips for success.

We will communicate to you the status of your application within one month of the closing date using the email address provided to us on your application form.

If you have any queries that you would like to raise with our trainee recruitment team, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.


Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are not able to run our full, in-office Vacation Schemes. Instead of Vacation Schemes, we will be hosting Virtual Networking & Trainee Assessment Centres (2-day programme). These programmes will be an online experience and offer the opportunity for you to get to know the Firm and meet our people in an interactive and engaging format. It will also allow you to demonstrate your skills and motivation through assessments for a Training Contract.

Our Virtual Networking & Trainee Assessment Centres (2-day programme) will run in the following offices:

  • Cheltenham
  • Guildford
  • London

Applications for our 2023 intake have now closed. Applications for our 2024 intake will reopen again in the Autumn. Please refer back here for further updates.


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