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Vacancies: 50
Trainees: 76
Partners: 205
Staff: 2200
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 75
Start salary: £25,000 (outside London) £36,000 (London)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

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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 telephone 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 and a partner interview.

Firm description and career prospects

Irwin Mitchell was established just over 100 years ago and is now one of the largest full-service law firms in the UK, incorporating the country's largest personal injury practice. The firm employs more than 2,100 staff - including over 1,000 fee-earners - with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambrdge, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield ad Southampton as well as a consulting office in Leicester.  It was one of the first firms to become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), and the first to be granted multiple ABS licences by the SRA.

Irwin Mitchell provides a comprehensive legal service with particular strengths in litigation throughout the practice. We have a truly distinctive profile with our reputation for progress and growth underpinned by our brand values:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity

Our purpose, which focuses on our clients, is "to look after our clients’ interests positively, actively and professionally". Our vision is clear,  "To be the legal brand of choice".

No longer just a law firm which provides legal advice, but a business which offers commercial, legal, and business advice, as well as providing associated business solutions. We have embraced change to ensure that we can respond positively to our client needs and we are constantly striving to build on our already strong customer service culture to maintain our very high level of client retention.

To find out what it is like to work at Irwin Mitchell read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Types of work

We believe we are unique in the diversity of law we undertake - from commercial law to insurance law, from business crime to major and multi-claimant personal injury litigation, not forgetting our expanding private client department. Our reputation for being able to deal with novel and complex areas of law is built on the many and varied cases we have undertaken: the Barber pensions case, the British Coal and Asbestos multiparty litigation, the Bahrain boat disaster, the London Bombings and access to the anti-cancer drug Herceptin, are just a few examples from a long and ever-growing list.


We meet all fees associated with the LPC and if applicable the GDL if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract. Irwin Mitchell do not pay fees retrospectively. We also provide a maintenance grant of £4,500 to help you through your studies.

Work placements

Our summer work placement scheme is a great way to get a real insight into what life is really like at Irwin Mitchell. You will get first-hand experience of the kind of work our firm does, our culture and what opportunities we have to offer. It will also give us the chance to see more of you and get to know you better while you are working as part of our firm.

Our work placements play 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 an impression. 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 at Irwin Mitchell you will get to know different areas of our business. At application stage we'll ask you to choose which area of our firm and which office you'd prefer to work in. We offer two training contract streams covering our two main fee-earning divisions:

Personal legal services

Encompassing all our private client and legal services focussed on individual consumers. Here you'll work not only in our market-leading and award winning personal injury teams which covers serious injury, clinical negligence, travel litigation and work place illness but also potentially in those in  family, court of protection, contentious probate, public law, with work spanning the contentious and non-contentious range.

Business legal services

Irwin Mitchell business legal services provides a full range of corporate and commercial legal services to businesses, institutions and organisations. As a trainee you may do seats in employment, real estate, commercial litigation, corporate and transactions, commercial lending, insolvency and/or debt recovery.

During your training contract you will undertake three 'training' seats and one 'qualification' seat. The fourth and final seat will most likely be in the department that you, and the firm, expect you to qualify into.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice

Work areas


Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield & Southampton

Probono initiatives

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

Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Business Compact, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Stonewall


Turnover: £183,700,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £569,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £25,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,589 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 80% (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 70.0% male (2012)
  • 30.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 32.0% male (2012)
  • 68.0% female
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