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Gateley Legal

  • 25 vacancies
  • 40 trainees
  • 159 partners
  • 984 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 between November and February.

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 stands apart from the crowd because of what we do and who we are. The first commercial law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange, our strategy is to differentiate what we do by diversifying the professional services that we offer our clients and to incentivise our people. It is this strategy that has seen our turnover nearly double since we listed and our team grow to around 1000 people. We act for all of the top 10 largest UK housebuilding firms, five of the six largest banks and we are the UK's most active corporate legal adviser. We are a business that has a great story to tell and an even more exciting one planned.

We work together to deliver 100% client satisfaction by making the complex simple. We achieve this through our core values of being forward thinking and straight talking. 

Forward thinking: 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. It’s why we went Plc. It’s why we’re pushing the limits of what a legal and professional business can offer. Forward thinking within our business helps our clients move forward in theirs.

Straight talking: Business is complicated. The last thing we want to do is add more complexity. Which is why we make sure our advice is always clear, straightforward, and easy to put into practice. Our diverse team is made up of experts in all areas of law and business. But it’s about more than just their expertise. It’s about being straight talking. We deliver all this advice in simple, clear, everyday language, so you spend less time decoding legal jargon and more time focusing on what's important to you.

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. 

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!

  • 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

Practice Areas

Extra info

One Eleven, Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ
Phone: 0121 234 0000
Email: HRDepartment@gateleyplc.com
Web: www.gateleyplc.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 62
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree & minimum of ABB at A level or equivalent
Start salary: £27,000 (Regions outside of London)
Turnover: £100,000,000 (2018)
Starting salary: £27,000
Training contract applications: 600 (2019)
Retention rate: 56% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 79.0% male (2019)
  • 21.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Sporting bodies
  • Birmingham
  • Guildford
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Ahead Partnership
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Stonewall