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|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 or higher|
|Start salary:||£25,000 (outside London) £36,000 (London)|
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Application details and method of selection
To apply for a legal work placement and/or a training contract please complete our online application which can be found on our website www.irwinmitchell.com/graduates.
If you are successful in passing our application benchmark you will be invited for a video interview and, again, if successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment centre. Our assessment centre comprises a group exercise, an instruction-taking exercise, a partner interview, and a written exercise.
Firm description and career prospects
Irwin Mitchell is unique, both in its culture and its approach to law.
Nationally acclaimed, with strong international capabilities, Irwin Mitchell is one of a few law firms to provide a diverse range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. It has a strong customer service culture and a high level of client retention.
In December 2015 Irwin Mitchell merged with Thomas Eggar, creating the 11th largest law firm in the UK with over 2,700 staff, over 280 partners and 14 locations.
In May 2016 Irwin Mitchell private wealth was launched, combining the expertise of Berkeley Law, Berkeley Hurrell, Thomas Eggar and Irwin Mitchell under one single offering to clients.
Irwin Mitchell private wealth offers a wide range of specialist services for private clients including succession planning, tax, reputation protection, family and divorce, probate and estate administration and town and country property. It also advises business owners and executives on their personal business wealth including intellectual property, business law employment, commercial property and tax.
Recent awards include Private Client Team of the Year at the 2016 Legal Business Awards and Claimant Solicitor of the Year at the 2015 Rehabilitation First Awards. Irwin Mitchell also won Best Trainee Recruitment Campaign and Best Legal Brand at the 2015 Lawyer Business Leadership Awards.
The Irwin Mitchell independent registered charity, the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), has made over £1 million of charitable donations since its formation and participating in charitable activities and the IMCF committee is encouraged amongst employees.
Many of our partners started life here as trainee solicitors so, by choosing to build your career at Irwin Mitchell, you could be beginning a rewarding and challenging journey right to the top of our firm.
If your application is successful, we will meet all the fees associated with your LPC and, if applicable, your GDL if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract. We also provide a maintenance grant to help you through your studies.
Our legal work placement scheme is a great way to experience our culture, the work we do and the opportunities we have to offer.
Our work placements are a vital part of our recruitment strategy. It is a great way for you to demonstrate your skills in a practical environment and to make a positive impression. With 90% of candidates who completed the legal work placement last year telling us their placement “exceeded expectations” we hope that you will also find it a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
A large proportion of our current and future trainee solicitors have undertaken a work placement with the firm, therefore we encourage all those interested in joining us to apply for a legal work placement.
Training contract programme
As a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell you will get to know different areas of our business. You’ll be given real responsibility and the chance to gain practical experience; helping you to decide which area of law you want to work in.
During your training contract you will undertake a number of training seats either within the personal legal services (PLS) or business legal services (BLS) division.
The seat rotation will allow you to gain practical experience in three diverse areas of law. The fourth and final seat will most likely be in the department that you, and we, expect you to qualify into.
At application stage we’ll ask you to choose which division and office you’d prefer to work in.
Asbestos-related disease, Court of Protection, personal injury, clinical negligence, international travel, workplace injury, family, public law, wills, trusts and probate, banking, corporate, commercial, commercial litigation, employment, insolvency, pensions, real estate, private client.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice
Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Chichester, Gatwick, Leeds, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newbury, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton
Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks, Prince’s Trust, ProHelp, The Innocent Network UK, The National Pro Bono Centre, Tower Hamlets Law Centre, University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Stonewall