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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.
How to applygraduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com/
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Method of applicationOnline 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
- Public law
- Trusts & estates
- Tax & estate disputes
- Corporate tax
- Real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law broadly refers to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Phone: 0370 1500 100
|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 desired|
|Start salary:||£26,500 (outside London) £38,000 (London)|
|Profit per partner:||£569,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,400 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||96% (2019)|
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Prince’s Trust
- 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
- Urban Lawyers Careers Conference