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Irwin Mitchell LLP

  • 50 vacancies
  • 100 trainees
  • 260 partners
  • 3000 staff

About Irwin Mitchell LLP

Irwin Mitchell is the UK’s largest full-service law firm. We are passionate about delivering excellent client service with an expert hand and 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

Irwin Mitchell is the UK’s largest full-service law firm. We are passionate about delivering excellent levels of service with an expert hand and a human touch, our five core values guiding us at every stage. As a leading national law firm, we provide excellent training with Tier 1 ranking partners, as well as offering a great place for people to work. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are and comprises four strands woven into the fabric of the group; pro bono, community, people and environment. Our independent registered charity evidences how social responsibility sits at the heart of Irwin Mitchell, having made over £2 million of charitable donations since establishment. Our award-winning early careers programmes are a vital part of our recruitment, and we continue to be a Times Top 100 graduate employer and in the top 25 of Stonewall’s Legal Workplace Equality Index.

In 2019 our retention rate was 96% which demonstartes our commitment to your career with the firm and your long term development with us.

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.

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 two 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.

During your training contract, you will experience at least three different areas of law across four seat rotations, including opportunities to develop your skills in both contentious and non-contentious work.

We’d love to hear from candidates that have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the law and possess the ability to be flexible and responsive to changing business demands and priorities. We also look for candidates who have the capacity to use their initiative, think creatively and have good problem solving skills, coupled with excellent communication and attention to detail, both written and verbal.

  • 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: 60
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)
Starting salary: £26,500
Training contract applications: 1,400 (2019)
Retention rate: 96% (2019)
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
  • TARGETjobs Events
  • The University of Law Diversity Access Scheme
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference