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Coffin Mew LLP

  • 10 vacancies
  • 10 trainees
  • 14 partners
  • 140 staff

About Coffin Mew LLP

A full service firm providing services for individuals and business across the South and beyond, with a strong focus on delivering client service excellence.

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More info

Applications for our training contract and CILEx intake for 2022/2023 are now open. You can learn more about our early careers opportunities and submit an application by visiting our website. You will be required to submit an online application form. All applications are reviewed after the closing date on 12 June 2022, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend our assessment centre on 6 July 2022.

During the assessment centre, candidates will go through a series of tasks and exercises (both individual and group oriented) and will have the opportunity to meet a number of Coffin Mew partners and employees, including a Q&A session with some of our current trainee solicitors and CILEx employees.

We aim to give our assessment centre attendees a valuable insight into the firm and what we look for in our future trainee solicitors and CILEx employees, whilst providing a challenging and enjoyable experience.

Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email or telephone shortly after the application closing date.

Due to the volume of applications we typically receive we are only able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates who have attended the assessment centre.


Applications to

Mr Brandon Duchesne

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Coffin Mew is a modern, innovative and responsive law firm based in the South, with offices in Brighton, Gosport, Newbury, Portsmouth and Southampton. 

Our staff promote and uphold the highest professional standards, for us that means:

     - Being passionate about exceptional service delivery

     - Being energised by the challenge to perform at our very best for our clients and our colleagues

     - Being committed to learning new skills and developing our capabilities

     - Proactively seeking out and seizing opportunities to make a difference to our clients and our business, no matter what level we are at and no matter what role we perform.

Everyone can make an impact in our business. This is what we stand for.

We aim to have up to 15 trainee solicitors in training at any time. We are looking for bright, ambitious, commercial, entrepreneurial and personable individuals and we take time to ensure this select group are the perfect fit for our firm. We place a great emphasis on equality of opportunity for all and appreciate all of our differences.

Trainee solicitors are based at our offices in Southampton, Portsmouth, Newbury and Brighton, all are prestigious city-centre sites in vibrant commercial regions.

The training programme is managed by Miles Brown who is assisted by our employee mentoring scheme and the HR team, who work together to provide a collaborative, supportive and nurturing environment for all our trainees.

The trainee solicitors rotate their seats every six months and will have exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. In the first 12 months you will be given significant client responsibility with hands-on client contact. 

Trainees have regular review meetings, an informal mid seat review and an end of seat review with their seat supervisor. They also have an end of seat appraisal with Miles and the HR team. 

In 2016 we were shortlisted for the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards in the ‘Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm’ category and were awarded the title of Lex 100 winners for our training contracts in two categories: Work/life balance and confidence of being kept on.

Our training programme is designed to ensure our trainees develop the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge of the law required to become a successful solicitor. We will challenge your thinking whilst providing you with excellent training, coaching and mentoring.

One of our partners in the dispute resolution team, Emma Stevens, is a great example of the quality of our training and the emphasis we place on learning and development. Emma joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in September 2013, qualifying in September 2015. From there she progressed to associate, then senior associate, finally stepping up to partrnership in April 2020. 

Coffin Mew is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment for all of our current and prospective employees. We recognise and value individual differences and seek to retain and recruit talented individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Commercial & IP
  • Commercial property
  • Corporate
  • Court of Protection
  • Developers new homes
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Inheritance & wills disputes
  • Property litigation
  • Residential property
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Wills trusts & probate
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN
Phone: 023 9238 8021
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.coffinmew.co.uk
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (save in exceptional circumstances)
Start salary: £25,000
Turnover: £9,800,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £150,000 (2017)
Training contract applications: 50 (2021)
Retention rate: 50% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 75.0% male (2021)
  • 25.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 33.0% male (2021)
  • 67.0% female
  • Brighton
  • Gosport
  • Newbury
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton