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Training Contracts

At Charles Russell Speechlys we focus on people, not robots. 

We are proud of the training environment we provide to our trainees, encouraging them to develop key legal and business skills which enable them to become successful lawyers.

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:

Trainees also have the opportunity to go on client secondments to high-profile companies in property, media, finance, sports and retail. These in-house secondments are an excellent way for trainees to truly understand the finer points of what clients really expect from their lawyers, and gain 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.

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. We want every trainee to get the best out of each seat.


The details of our current trainee and newly qualified salaries as listed below. These are reviewed each year.


First year trainee

Second year trainee

Newly Qualified Solicitor













We offer a range of benefits, which may include:

  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Private medical insurance
  • Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental benefits
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Subsidised staff restaurant in London
  • Season ticket loan
  • Qualification leave

We also provide sponsorship for upcoming GDL and LPC fees with our chosen law school provider, the University of Law. During this period of study we will also provide you with a maintenance grant of £6,000 if you are based in London and £4,500 if you are based outside of London.


Applications for our Training Contract 2020 are now open. We are looking to recruit trainee solicitors in the following offices:

  • Cheltenham
  • Guildford
  • London


The deadline to apply for Training Contract 2020 is Saturday 30 June 2018.