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Application details and method of selection
Please apply for our training contracts and summer vacation scheme via our online application form.
If you progress to the next stage of the recruitment process you will be invited to complete a video interview.
Summer vacation scheme applicants will then be invited to a short face-to-face interview with our graduate recruitment team before being offered a place on our week long vacation scheme in Exeter.
For those applying directly for a training contract with us, the next and final stage after video interview will be attending an assessment day at our Bristol or Exeter office.
Firm description and career prospects
As a leading law firm in the Southwest, Michelmores is a progressive, full-service practice with a total complement of over 440 staff. Providing a first-class service to a wide range of local, national and international clients (including several central government departments) we have an established track record of attracting quality recruits at every level, enabling our trainees to learn from lawyers who are leaders in their fields.
The firm has an excellent reputation for its work in company commercial law, dispute resolution and commercial property while the firm's private client group (including the firm's agricultural and family teams) continues to thrive. The firm also has specialist teams in areas such as projects/PFI, technology, media and communications, construction and business, insolvency and restructuring.
Michelmores is ranked a 'Leading Firm' by Chambers & Partners and a 'Top Tier Firm' by Legal 500. We have also been recognised in the South West as 'Law Firm of the Year 2016' by the Devon and Somerset Law Society.
Michelmores has created a great place to work and attracts and retains some of the very best lawyers. The partnership has retained a collegiate style, which has helped to foster a happy law firm renowned for the enthusiasm of its lawyers, from the managing partner to the first-year trainees.
When recruiting trainee solicitors, we are looking to recruit future associates and partners of the firm. Retaining our trainees on qualification is very important to us and we have an excellent retention track record.
Our trainees have the opportunity to be exposed to high quality work and as a valued member of the team, they have specific responsibilities to deliver and a role to play in the overall success of the team.
We fully fund the LPC with the University of Law (outside of London) and offer a £5,000 bursary.
If you are interested in applying for a training contract with us, we recommend that you apply for our summer vacation scheme. This is a one-week placement which is run in our Exeter office during July. Being based in one department for the week, you will gain a hands-on insight into one area of law, attend client meetings and deal with real work. In order for you to gain a broader understanding of the different departments and areas of law, we have structured the vacation scheme to enable candidates to meet with current trainees, lawyers and partners across different departments, through informal briefing sessions and social events. Our vacation scheme has been cited by many as being an enjoyable and well-structured week which give a true insight into life as a trainee in Michelmores.
Training contract programme
Trainees at Michelmores benefit from working alongside renowned legal experts, in award winning teams and have exposure to high quality work and clients. As a trainee with Michelmores you will be encouraged to be yourself and shape your training contract within a high-quality supervised environment. Each trainee will spend six months in four different teams across the three practice groups: property, private client and business. In each seat a trainee has a supervisor who will support, encourage and coach the trainee. Trainees are also appointed a buddy to help guide them through, not only their training contract, but the run up to joining the firm. The buddies are usually either second-year trainees or newly qualified solicitors and will be available to our trainees shortly after being offered a training contract with us.
A training contract is all about hands on training and there is plenty of high quality and interesting work for trainees to experience. We have a tailored comprehensive trainee development programme to equip our trainees with the skills they need to develop a successful career. This includes modules on financial and business awareness, making the most of a training contract, communication, people skills, marketing and networking. Alongside this, we arrange courses to meet Law Society requirements (such as the Professional Skills Course).
Exeter: commercial litigation, tech, media and comms/IP, corporate and commercial, construction, employment, banking, restructuring and insolvency, tax, trusts and succession, contentious private client (family and probate teams), projects, transactional property, planning, property litigation, education Bristol: agricultural property litigation, private wealth London: corporate.
Type of practice
General Practice, Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Exeter, Bristol, London
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Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Pathways to Law, PRIME