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Irwin Mitchell LLP

  • 50 vacancies
  • 108 trainees
  • 190 partners
  • 3000 staff

About Irwin Mitchell LLP

We’re legal experts with a difference. We focus on what really matters; our clients, communities, and colleagues who offer expert advice with a human touch.

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More info

To apply for a legal work placement and/or a training contract please complete our online application which can be found on our website graduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com.

We adopt an anonymised screening process and do not require either a CV or cover letter. 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.

We are looking for candidates who can answer questions directly and give relevant examples. They should also be able to show an understanding of what the firm does and their passion for joining Irwin Mitchell.


Applications to

Mrs Marissa Sanders

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Video interview

We’re legal experts with a difference. As well as offering a full-range of legal services to individuals and businesses, we also support people with their finances, wealth and asset management. We focus on what really matters; our clients, colleagues and communities. We work with our clients, and take the time to understand what matters most to them. We call it ‘expert hand, human touch’. We’re more than just a law firm – we’re a group of like-minded, friendly people working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

It’s in our DNA to value people for who they are and what they bring. We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people can flourish. We have a strong network to celebrate and support our colleagues, clients and communities covering sexuality, disability, age, gender, race, social background and culture. 

In 2020 our retention rate was 90% which demonstrates our commitment to your career with the firm and your long term development with us.

Our legal work placement scheme is a great way to experience our culture, the work we do and explore the opportunities we have to offer.

As a legal work placement student at Irwin Mitchell, you will spend two weeks in either the personal legal services (PLS) or business legal services (BLS) stream, experiencing different areas of law and getting to know the business more intimately. During your legal work placement, you will work in tandem with the paralegals, assisting the associates, senior associates and partners. You’ll be given practical experience and a real insight into the unique culture of the nation’s leading full-service law firm.

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.

We offer training contracts at 11 of our offices across the UK. Trainees choose between either Business Legal Services (BLS) or Personal Legal Services (PLS). Within BLS, seat rotations include areas such as corporate, real estate, litigation and tax. PLS offers both personal injury seats including serious injury, medical negligence and court of protection, but also private wealth seats such as wills, trust and estate disputes, and family law.

Trainees will complete four training seats over two years, interacting with partners and senior associates.

Trainees need to be flexible in their approach to everything, be resilient to change, and have a drive to solve problems. We are looking for ambitious and well-motivated individuals who have a real commitment to the law and who can demonstrate a positive approach to their work. We recruit both law and non-law graduates and view social ability as important as academic achievement.

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 of £4,500 to help you through your studies.

  • Court of Protection
  • Personal injury
  • Clinical negligence
  • Medical negligence
  • International personal injury
  • Workplace injury
  • Family
  • Public law
  • Tax
  • Trusts & estates
  • Wills
  • Tax & estate disputes
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Corporate tax
  • Employment
  • Insolvency
  • Litigation
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, S3 8DT
Phone: 0370 1500 100
Email: earlycareers@irwinmitchell.com
Web: graduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com/
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 100
Minimum qualification: 2.1 desired
Start salary: £26,500 (outside London) £38,000 (London)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £242,800,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £569,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 3,800 (2020)
Retention rate: 90% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 56.0% male (2019)
  • 44.0% female
  • 0.0% N/A
Lawyer diversity:
  • 31.0% male (2019)
  • 69.0% female
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Chichester
  • Gatwick
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • LawWorks
  • Prince’s Trust
  • ProHelp
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Stonewall
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference