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Clarion Solicitors

  • 6 vacancies
  • 12 trainees
  • 25 partners
  • 230 staff

About Clarion Solicitors

A national law firm, delivering high-quality work to commercial and private clients on a partnering basis. We focus on building long-term relationships with our clients.

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More info

Clarion looks to appoint six trainee solicitors commencing their training in September each year. We select trainees from the applications made to us by way of our summer placement scheme, which are usually held over two separate assessment weeks at the end of June/beginning of July. All applications should be made on the form, which can be downloaded from our website.

We expect trainees to have a minimum of a 2.1 degree and their LPC together with good school academics.

We have a 100% retention rate over the last few years and a high percentage of our trainees go on to have a long term career with the firm.

Applications to

Mrs Helen Saunders

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre

Who we are

At Clarion we have a refreshing approach to providing legal services to our clients. We have a team of experienced, talented and committed professionals who are passionate about providing excellent advice and encourage you to expect more. It is the energy and vision of the people at Clarion that is the heart of our offering.

Listening to our clients

In business, in life; imbedded in the Clarion DNA is a desire for quality and care. We aim to stand in our clients' shoes – listening first to understand their world and then working on their terms.

Offering clients more

We are widely recognised for our expertise and our dynamic handling of sensitive, high profile and complex situations in the UK and internationally. Our team recognises that to provide clients with a complete service we need to be committed not only to the client's immediate problems but also their long term goals.

Strength in depth

We have brought together a team of highly rated lawyers, many from national and international law firms who work without the restrictions and cost implications associated with international legal practices. We work in a wholly collaborative way to ensure that we provide clients with an individually tailored and seamless service.

Sector experience

With noted legal experts working within sectors from healthcare to IT, energy, manufacturing, food and drink, media and the built environment; when it comes to understanding the market in which our clients operate throughout the UK and around the world, we have the strength in depth to support, protect and advise them.

With the aims and ambitions of our clients at the heart of everything we do, creating opportunity and safeguarding their businesses, we have brought together a respected team of lawyers from national and international firms to ensure a complete service across sectors, markets and borders.

Quite apart from the law; watching trends, markets and shifting economic indicators is part of the expertise we offer. Rich, knowledge-based sector legal advice and information that will help ensure the growth and success of our clients' businesses and interests.

Work with businesses

At Clarion we're proud to be different from other law firms. We believe in building long term relationships with all our clients. That way, we can really get to know them and provide added value to their businesses. You see, as well as excellent lawyers, we're business people too. Think of us as your friendly advisers at the end of the phone. We understand client's real issues, rather than just serving their immediate legal needs.

Many of our clients already enjoy added value services like strategic advice, network introductions, access to events and seminars and use of Clarion facilities, whenever they need them.

We look at all our clients individually, whether it's a large or small business, or an individual. This allows us to consider the pricing of our legal services on an individual basis. As a result, they can be sure they're always getting the right service at the right price.

Work with individuals

Enjoying our lives and making the most of what we have, and wish to pass on to family and friends, plays a key role in protecting our peace of mind and lifestyles. We’re here to help indiviual clients successfully negotiate life’s potholes and always ensure their best interests are served.

Through the preparations we can help clients and take much of the worry and emotional heartache attached to wealth protection, making a will, probate, cohabitation agreements and heading off potential disputes away.


Listening is a big part of what we do and with good reason. Being able to ‘stand in clients' shoes’ and understand their needs and those of their families and loved ones means we’ll be able to help protect them for the future.

Peace of mind

Sympathetic and straightforward, experienced and friendly, nothing is too much trouble; no issue is insurmountable and no question left unanswered. Leaving the legal jargon behind, we’ll take care of the hard stuff while the client gets on with their life.

Career prospects

At Clarion we have a structured career path for lawyers, which is supported by our Expect More learning academy. Our promotions panel meet regularly and applications are considered. A high number of our team have had long-term succesful careers within the firm, including a few of our senior partners joining as trainees themselves many years ago!

Our summer placement scheme is part of the graduate recruitment process and plays an important role in selecting candidates for training contracts. If you are selected for one of these placements you will be given the opportunity to work in one of our ten practice areas; corporate, commercial, corporate recovery and insolvency, commercial property, commercial dispute resolution, banking and finance, intellectual property, employment, family or private client.

During a placement with us you will be given the chance to follow various team members through their day to day workloads and, where appropriate, to meet with clients and attend court hearings. In addition, you will be given a number of tasks to complete. So you can gain an insight as to what it is really like to be a trainee at Clarion you will have lunch with some of our current trainees and attend a social event one evening with members of our ClarioNet group. On the final day of the placement you will undertake a series of assessment tests and have an interview.

At Clarion, trainees are considered to be part of the team from the very outset.

Each of our ten departments – corporate, commercial, property, corporate recovery and insolvency, commercial dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, banking and finance, family and private client – offers the opportunity to the firm's trainees to spend one of their four six month seats as part of the department. The training given is hands-on, and driven by an ethos of openness, enthusiasm, commerciality and support. We believe Clarion offers a wondeful opportunity to trainee solicitors in a friendly, team-based environment, whilst gaining great client exposure and high quality work. We are particularly proud of our legal awards, which include rankings in the Legal 500 and high levels of employee engagement.

In addition to a full training programme in all the disciplines necessary for the legal side of your work, Clarion offers its trainees the opportunity to acquire experience of the marketing and self-development activities that take place in the firm through our learning and development programme, 'Expect More'. Trainees are encouraged to join the firm's networking group, ClarioNet, to attend the firm's social events, to assist in representing the firm at law fairs and marketing events, and to participate in mentoring schemes at law colleges, universities and schools.

We believe that to be involved in Clarion is to be at the heart of one of the most exciting firms the legal profession can offer. We are looking for trainee solicitors who will share that belief and work with us over the long term to realise the immense potential of the firm.

We do not currently provide sponsorship for the LPC or GDL courses.

  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Corporate recovery & insolvency
  • Property
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment
  • Private client
  • Family
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Elizabeth House, 13-19 Queen Street, Leeds, LS1 2TW
Phone: 0113 246 0622
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £24,000
Turnover: £17,000,000 (2018)
Starting salary: £24,000
Training contract applications: 250 (2019)
Retention rate: 100% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 62.0% male (2019)
  • 38.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 36.0% male (2019)
  • 64.0% female
  • Leeds
  • Benefacto
  • Ahead Partnership
  • BPP Legal Access Scheme
  • Lawyers in Schools
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Mindful Business Charter