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Gateley Legal

  • 25 vacancies
  • 38 trainees
  • 159 partners
  • 1057 staff

About Gateley Legal

At Gateley Legal, our job is to find legal solutions to the commercial problems and opportunities which our clients face.

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We are looking for graduates who want a career in the law and are inspired by the different approach that Gateley is taking as a legal and professional services group.

You can apply to join a summer vacation placement in November before the June/July scheme the following year.

We review all online applications after the closing date.

Successful applicants are invited to attend a half-day assessment with us in March/April where you will get the opportunity to see our offices and meet lots of our people.

If it’s a yes following our assessments, we will invite you to attend one of our SVPs – this will be a great way to find out if we are the right fit for each other.


Applications to

Ms Stefanie Ballmann

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

Gateley Legal is the legal business at the heart of professional services group, Gateley.  We offer services spanning commercial and corporate law, dispute resolution, property, human resources, banking, litigation, restructuring, pensions, regulatory, private wealth, family and more.

Founded in Birmingham in 1808, we have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses over the last 200 years. Since arriving as the new kids on the block all those years ago, we’ve earned our stripes in the legal industry, building a leading name and a revered reputation.

Providing excellent client service to individuals and businesses across the UK is fundamental to our ethos of being forward thinking and straight talking.

We have over 580 professional advisers and employ over 1,000 people across ten offices located in Belfast, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading and Dubai.

In 2015, we were the first commercial UK law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The bold move to go public embodies our forward thinking ethos. Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves in a crowded market, incentivise our people to retain and attract the best talent in the industry and diversify by acquiring complementary business services.

Gateley offers an exciting summer vacation placement for second year law students and third/final year non-law students interested in applying for a training contract with us. We also invite applications from postgraduate candidates.

During your SVP you will:

Experience what it will be like training with us and provide a real insight into a future career in law.

Work alongside market recognised legal experts.

Be part of one of our legal teams performing duties similar to those of a trainee and have significant involvement in day-to-day departmental work.

Be invited to join us on any social events during your placement.

Our summer placements reflect the format of Gateley's training contract, the aim is to offer candidates a snapshot of training with us. Whilst on your SVP we will assess you for a training contract. These assessments are also an opportunity for you to meet partners and people who have trained with us to find out what it's like to work with us. It's challenging, but extremely rewarding!

As a trainee you will:

Experience four six-month seat rotations across a variety of legal practice areas.

Gain opportunities to work directly with clients allowing you to build your practical legal knowledge, communication, client-care skills and an understanding of the markets within which our clients operate.

Be supervised and mentored by highly experienced solicitors.

Receive a personalised training schedule to give you the skills and experiences you need for life as a qualified solicitor.

Study professional skills courses to become an excellent well-rounded solicitor.

Be part of the Gateley social committee so that you can get to know your colleagues in your office.

Be invited to be part of your local Law Society trainee solicitor group so that you can get to know your peers at other legal practices.

Attend university law fairs to inspire our future trainees!

We provide sponsorship to successful candidates for their GDL and LPC fees. We will also provide LPC students with a maintenance grant if they are studying full-time. 

  • Corporate
  • Banking
  • Pensions
  • Restructuring
  • Private client
  • Tax
  • Employment
  • Construction
  • Real estate
  • Residential development
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Commercial
  • Shipping
  • Regulatory
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

One Eleven, Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ
Phone: 0121 234 0000
Email: HRAdministratorsEngland@gateleyplc.com
Web: gateleyplc.com/
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree & minimum of BBB at A level or equivalent
Start salary: £27,000 (Regions outside of London)
Starting salary: £27,000
Training contract applications: 1,000 (2020)
Retention rate: 56% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 80.0% male (2020)
  • 20.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
  • Birmingham
  • Guildford
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Ahead Partnership
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Stonewall