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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. This is for reporting purposes only, we use a blind screening approach throughout our recruitment process and your personal and academic information isn't shared with any of our assessors. You will then be invited to complete a strengths-based 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 strengths-based video interview and, again, if successful at this stage you will be invited to attend a virtual assessment centre in February or March. Our final stage assessment for all candidates takes place in June, ahead of training contract offers being made in July.
We are looking for candidates who show an understanding of what the firm does and are able to demonstrate their passion for joining Irwin Mitchell.
How to applygraduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com
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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 one-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 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
Private client services
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.
From the academic year of 2024/25 all candidates will undertake the SQE and we will no longer offer funding for the LPC. We will continue to accept applications for those that have already completed their LPC, as there is a grace period of up to 10 years in which the old route can be followed.
If you have already attained your LPC qualification upon securing a training contract with us, you will join the firm in your respective year and complete a two year training contract.
Candidates who have not completed their LPC will follow our new SQE approach. All candidates who secure a training contract offer from 2024 will complete the most up to date legal qualification through the SQE programme.
Upon securing a training contract offer you will join in your respective year and complete the SQE alongside your training contract (also known as qualifying work experience) on a day release basis. Through this route you will complete the graduate solicitor apprenticeship which takes a total of 27 months to complete. Trainees will still undertake three six month seats, with the final fourth seat being for a total of nine months.
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 you are a non-law student and your application is successful, we will meet all the fees associated with your Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract with us. 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 that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
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
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. 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 a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Civil liberties & human rights
Sponsored by Hodge Jones & Allen. Human rights law broadly refers to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. 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.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
<p>Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.</p>
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 0370 1500 100
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|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||No minimum academic requirements|
|Start salary:||£28,000 (outside London) £40,000 (London)|
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|Profit per partner:||£569,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||4,500 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||93% (2021)|
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Business in the Community
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Help for Heroes
- Inspiring the Future
- Legal Advice Centres
- Prince’s Trust
- The National Pro Bono Centre
- Tower Hamlets Law Centre
- University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Bright Network
- City Horizons
- Halo Code
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Mindful Business Charter
- Pathways to Law
- Speakers for Schools