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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 apply online through our website The first stage involves a short online form where you will provide your personal information and academic record. You will then be invited to complete an online assessment. The assessment is an opportunity to learn more about you and your skills. 

If you are successful in passing our assessment benchmark you will be invited for a video interview and, again, if successful at this stage you will be invited to attend a virtual assessment centre. Our assessment centre comprises a group 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.

For businesses our typical clients are drawn from a cross-section of growing organisations to large companies, and come from a range of sectors including technology, consumer, financial services, manufacturing, media and entertainment, real estate, and education. For individuals, the firm remains one of the leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation practices in the UK. Irwin Mitchell covers all the key injury areas such as asbestos-related disease, serious injury, international travel litigation, medical negligence and product liability. In addition, the firm offers a wide range of services for private clients including succession planning, tax, reputation protection, family, and probate administration. It also advises business owners and executives on their personal business wealth.

In 2021 our retention rate was 93% which demonstrates our commitment to your career with the firm and your long term development with us.

Our two-week summer legal work placement scheme is a great way to get an insight into what life is really like at Irwin Mitchell.

You will spend time with different departments within our client service areas to get a true insight and a real feel for what it is like to be a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell.

You’ll experience an induction, social activities, breakfast meetings, and have the opportunity to get involved with community and sports activities.

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. As a full-service law firm, we have a wide range of seats available for you to train in. You'll undertake three or four seats over two years, giving you a breadth of experience across our seven client service areas:

Commercial advisory and disputes

Complex personal injury

Corporate and finance

Court of Protection and public law

Family law


Tax, trust and estates; and will, trust and estate disputes

Each office offers different seat options dependent on departments available and business need. Please see our online brochure for further details of which seats are available in which office.

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.

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. 

We’re passionate about continued progress which is why we have over 100 Healthy Mind advocates trained by Mental First Aid England, our HR team are trained in suicide prevention, we’re members of the Mindful Business and Suicide Prevention Charters, and we have a wellbeing hub with a focus on a holistic approach to wellbeing. Our wellbeing approach is aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We have one of the lowest Gender Pay Gaps in our industry and we’re proud to the UK’s number one Law Firm for Female Partners. We’ve developed policies to help us attract, support and retain transgender colleagues and our LGBTQ+ networking group was highly commended by Stonewall.

Our diversity board continues to help shape our diversity and inclusion strategy in a way which means we build an inclusive business for everyone.’

If your application is successful, we will meet all the fees associated with your LPC and, if applicable, your PGDL 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: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 100
Start salary: £26,500 (outside London) £38,000 (London)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £242,800,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £569,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 2,700 (2021)
Retention rate: 93% (2021)
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
  • 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
  • Stonewall
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference