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Machins Solicitors LLP

  • 3 vacancies
  • 6 trainees
  • 12 partners
  • 100 staff

About Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors is a highly regarded full-services law firm with over 100 staff working across our two offices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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We are looking for strong all-round, commercially-minded individuals. We recruit on the basis of potential. We are interested in you and what you can bring to Machins to enrich our expanding team.

In particular, we look for:-

Strong academic ability (degree of 2.1 or above, not necessarily in law). If you do not have a 2.1 but still think we should consider you, please tell us why in your covering letter;

Excellent interpersonal skills and clear written and oral communication;

A demonstrable interest in law and a strong commercial acumen;

Ability to assimilate, analyse and present information clearly and precisely;

Self-motivated, ambitious individuals looking to develop a career beyond qualification;

LPC and GDL (if applicable) completed by intake date.

Please send your current CV together with a covering letter to: trainee.recruitment@machins.co.uk.


Applications to

Ms Barbara Coppin

Method of application

CV and cover letter

Method of assessment

  • HR-led interview
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

A training contract is the first step in your legal career. We make every effort to provide our trainees with the opportunity to gain experience outside of just developing their technical expertise and to become well-rounded solicitors with a real investment in the firm. We involve trainees at the earliest stage in marketing and business development initiatives valuing your contribution to the firm’s future from day one. We aim to offer a steady balance between responsibility and support, and you’ll be surprised at the degree of client contact that you will have from an early stage in your training contract.

During your training with us, you can expect:-

Healthy balance between responsibility and support throughout your training

Exposure to broad range of clients and work

Involvement with a range of marketing initiatives and events, networking events, charitable activities and projects as well as some fun social activities

Support for new ideas, projects and initiatives that you want to initiate

1-2-1 mentoring with a partner, associate or senior solicitor throughout your training

We pride ourselves on employing people who are approachable, and if you have any questions, you won’t be short of people to ask.

You will work directly with a partner who will be your training supervisor. At the outset of each seat you will be given objectives and you will discuss what you can expect to cover during your time in each department. You will attend the compulsory Professional Skills Course (PSC) modules during your first two seats. At the beginning of your second year you will be given advice on which PSC module options will complement your training.

You will be expected to attend internal webinars run on a regular basis covering all the areas of law Machins Solicitors LLP offer. Trainees are involved in marketing events in order to build relationships and contact with clients from the outset.

You will develop a close professional relationship with the training supervisor for each seat during your training contract. At the end of each seat your performance will be appraised and constructive feedback will be provided.

Our retention rate is high. You will see from our team profiles that many of our partners trained with Machins Solicitors LLP. We invest heavily in our trainees and provide the highest standard of training so that you will have the best possible career prospects and once qualified, you will choose to stay with us.

  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial property
  • Company commercial
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Private client
  • Residential conveyancing
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Legal Aid
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

28 Dunstable Road, Luton, LU1 1DY
Phone: 0158 251 4000
Email: barbara.coppin@machins.co.uk
Web: www.machins.co.uk
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1
Training contract applications: 101 (2019)
Retention rate: 75% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 73.0% male (2019)
  • 27.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 52.0% male (2019)
  • 48.0% female
  • Luton
  • Berkhamsted
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Legal Apprenticeships