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Vacancies: Approx 50
Trainees: 76
Partners: 205
Staff: 2300
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 75
Minimum qualification: 2.1 or higher for BLS. Preferred for PLS.
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 graduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com.

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 and a partner interview.

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. The company has a group structure with Irwin Mitchell Holdings Limited sitting above Irwin Mitchell LLP and a number of subsidiaries. It has an established office network covering Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Sheffield and a consulting office in Middlesbrough.

In 2012, Irwin Mitchell became one of the first companies to be approved as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS). It has since acquired six firms to drive further growth, with the latest being Mayfair-based wealth services provider Berkeley Law in November 2014. Recent awards include Claimant Solicitor of the Year at the Rehabilitation First Awards 2014 and Litigation Team of the Year at the Scott and Co Legal Awards 2014. The firm was ranked eighth  in the 2014 Black Solicitors Network diversity league table and is recognised by Legal Sector Alliance as having the second lowest carbon footprint of any UK law firm. The Irwin Mitchell independent registered charity, the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), has made over £1 million of charitable donations since its formation.

The firm is 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. Irwin Mitchell recruits law and non-law graduates and views social ability as important as academic achievement.

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


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

Each summer the firm runs a formal work placement programme which is a great way to get a real insight into what life is like as a trainee at Irwin Mitchell. An increasing number of training contracts are offered to those who have undertaken a legal work placement, so the firm encourages all those interested in joining to apply. Closing date for applications is the 15 January 2016.

Training contract programme

The firm’s training contracts are streamed so that as a trainee you would either undertake a training contract based within the personal legal services or business legal services divisions. At application stage we'll ask you to choose which area of our firm and which office you'd prefer to work in. Trainees will have three training seats and a qualification seat. This allows trainees to gain practical experience in diverse areas of law, whilst maximising retention opportunities.

Personal legal services
The firm remains one of the leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation practices in the UK. It offers a wide range of services covering all the key injury types from road traffic accidents to product liability claims and serious head/spinal injury cases. A comprehensive range of private client services are also provided, including a national family team with extensive experience in acting in complex financial disputes. The firm provides will writing services for customers of major financial institutions and private individuals. In addition, it provides a national probate, contentious probate, public law and conveyancing services and is the UK’s leading court of protection practice.

Business legal services
The firm offers a wide range of commercial services. In recent years, it has significantly expanded its corporate, commercial litigation and real estate services and aims to become a leading provider of business legal services. Areas of expertise include banking and finance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure projects, corporate and commercial, employment, environmental, insolvency, international, investigations and prosecutions, pensions, planning, real estate, recoveries, restructuring and tax.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice

Work areas


Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, 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

Aspiring Solicitors, 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% (2015) 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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