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Leigh Day

  • 7-10 vacancies
  • 17 trainees
  • 44 partners
  • 420 staff

About Leigh Day

Leigh Day is committed to claimant-only cases, ensuring that individuals have the same access to justice as the UK Government and large corporations.

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More info

The firm has intakes every September and welcomes applications from both law and non-law backgrounds. However, as we recruit trainees one year in advance, law students should be in their final year of studies (or have graduated), and non-law students will be undertaking (or have completed) their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), on application.

We are looking for future solicitors and partners with the ability, passion and drive to take forward our ground-breaking claimant work.

Successful applicants will share our ethos and passion for providing access to justice to all and the commitment to the highest standards of client care; while demonstrating the ability to approach problems with persistence, intellectual rigour, logical judgement and critical reasoning.


Method of application

We open the application process around February/March. Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications before that. For more information visit www.leighday.co.uk/careers/training-contracts.


Selection process

Shortlisted candidates are invited for a written and psychometric assessment followed by two panel interviews with partners.


Applications to

Online

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Leigh Day is a top 100 law firm committed to claimant-only cases, ensuring that individuals have the same access to justice as the UK Government and large corporations. It is not afraid to take on difficult and challenging cases involving medical negligence, serious personal injuries, discrimination in the workplace, defective products and human rights abuses in this country and overseas. Lawyers at Leigh Day offer a market-leading service to their clients who include individuals from around the world, charities and global NGOs. To learn more visit about us.


Our people

We have some of the country's leading legal teams who are driven by our ethos of 'Davids' fighting the 'Goliaths' around the world. We are known to passionately pursue difficult or unpopular cases that push the boundaries of the law and which may be of little interest to other firms and to champion the rights of the injured, marginalised and disenfranchised. Based in our London (Clerkenwell) and Manchester offices we are over 400 strong (including 44 partners). Being a mid-sized firm, we are able to provide key learning opportunities to our people and encourage them to take on responsibilities from an early stage. We genuinely pride ourselves on having a supportive and friendly culture and host regular weekly and annual social activities.

Valuing diversity is essential to Leigh Day’s on-going success. We are committed to creating a working culture where everyone’s contributions are encouraged and valued and the workplace is free from barriers to inclusion, particularly for those from under-represented backgrounds.

Unlike many other firms, we offer two 12-month training seats as we believe this is best way to acquire more responsibilities, get stuck in to cases and develop a true in-depth appreciation of a particular area of law.

Seat availability depends on departmental needs but a London trainee should typically expect to be assigned their first seat in clinical negligence, consumer law or personal injury, before expressing interest for their second seat, which will typically be in, but not limited to our employment, human rights or international departments. Second seat preferences cannot be guaranteed but are usually accommodated.

Manchester trainees should typically expect to undertake one seat with clinical negligence and the other with personal injury or employment.

Trainees work closely with their supervising partners and associates on their client work and have a dedicated learning and development team on hand to support them through their professional training. Our learning and development team also support trainees with a comprehensive development programme, drawing on the experience of internal and external experts, to build their skills as a solicitor for the future.

  • Clinical negligence
  • Employment
  • Human rights
  • International
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Niche
  • Legal Aid

Practice Areas

Extra info

Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, London, EC1M 4LB
Phone: 020 7650 1200
Email: jobs@leighday.co.uk
Web: www.leighday.co.uk/careers/training-contracts
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree and other relevant experience
Start salary: £32,000 London; £25,600 Manchester
Starting salary: £32,000
Training contract applications: 550 (2019)
Retention rate: 90% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 38.0% male (2019)
  • 59.0% female
  • 3.0% N/A
Lawyer diversity:
  • 34.0% male (2019)
  • 63.0% female
  • 3.0% N/A
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