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To apply for a legal work placement and/or a training contract please apply online through our website graduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com. 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.
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- 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
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
- 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.
|Profit per partner:||£569,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||2,700 (2021)|
|Retention rate:||93% (2021)|
- 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