Back to Solicitors

Mills & Reeve LLP

  • 20 vacancies
  • 39 trainees
  • 126 partners
  • 1069 staff

About Mills & Reeve LLP

We are a major UK law firm renowned for our outstanding service to national and international clients.

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Mills & Reeve LLP.

More info

Below you will find a summary of the stages of our process. A candidate must be successful at each stage in order to pass onto the next.

1. Online application form (here). An initial review is conducted by a team of HR professionals.

2. Watson Glaser critical thinking test.

3. Second review of application forms conducted by a team of lawyers.

4. Assessment centres held centrally in our London office to include a group exercise. These are likely to be held over three days at the end of February.

5. Interviews with partners and senior lawyers held in our regional offices. These are likely to be held over two days at the beginning of March.

6. Two-week vacation schemes in our Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester (with some time spent in Leeds) and Norwich offices. These will be held 22 June to 3 July (Birmingham and Cambridge) and 29 June to 10 July (Manchester and Norwich).


Applications to

Ms Rachel Chapman

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing

You will often hear us say "Achieve more. Together”, and while many law firms talk about teamwork and collaboration, it’s not just a catchphrase for us, more the cornerstone of our culture and how we work.

Of course, you want to know that we have six offices across the UK with 1,000 staff and over 500 lawyers. But, more importantly, you should know that we have been crowned Law Firm of the Year by both Legal Week and RollonFriday and we have been ranked in the Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past 16 years. We consistently win accolades for our vacation scheme and training contracts.

This is because, as a trainee at Mills & Reeve, we offer something a bit different. The quality of the work you will get involved with, the contact and relationships you will build with clients and the culture of the firm you work in. And 97% of us would recommend that you work here.

We are a major UK law firm and our work spans a broad range of legal sectors and jurisdictions for a diverse range of clients: from the FTSE250 to fast-growth start-ups, from individuals to some of the world’s most established and prestigious organisations.

Our service is delivered through firm-wide core groups: corporate and commercial, employment, family, insurance disputes, private client, projects and construction, real estate and regulatory, public and commercial disputes. Core sectors are automotive, charities and social enterprise, education, energy, food and agribusiness, government, health and care, insurance, life sciences, mid-market, private wealth, real estate investment, sport, technology.

We want people who are ready for early responsibility because that is what we will give you. You will be highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills, confidence and commercial awareness. You will need high standards of academic achievement; to demonstrate maturity, have initiative and business acumen. You will enjoy untangling complicated issues and thrive on building relationships with clients and colleagues.

We welcome applications from penultimate-year and final-year law students, final-year non-law students and graduates who have the potential to develop into our solicitors of the future.

To find out what it is like to work at Mills & Reeve LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Mills & Reeve LLP won Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional firm at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2019.

The firm sponsors fees for the GDL and LPC together with a maintenance grant for each course.

Our award-winning summer vacation scheme is the ideal introduction to Mills & Reeve and gives you a real taste of life as a lawyer. During your time with us you will be placed in real-life situations, preparing draft documents, researching, attending court hearings and meeting clients.

You will work with a variety of lawyers around the business over the course of two weeks, changing teams every two to three days.

A high proportion of our trainee solicitors have completed a summer placement with the firm.

To find out what it's like to undertake a placement at Mills & Reeve LLP read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.

A Mills & Reeve trainee gets more opportunities and experiences than many firms. We want you to really understand what it’s like to be a lawyer and the best way to do that is to give you responsibility. You’ll be working with national and international clients where you are given the freedom to learn in a supportive environment.

Trainees take on six four-month seats in our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester or Norwich offices. Completing a seat in a different office (including Leeds and London) is encouraged and supported with an accommodation allowance.

This year, we will only be recruiting trainee solicitors through our summer vacation scheme and we are currently recruiting for our 2022 trainee cohort. Due to an increase in trainee numbers, we also anticipate recruiting some additional spaces for our 2021 cohort.

Our training contracts commence in September of each year. We place a strong emphasis on 'learning on the job' and trainees become fully involved in the work of their seat. Performance is regularly reviewed via a mix of informal and formal reviews. We continue to invest in your development after completion of the training contract and have defined five stages of post qualification development.

Stages one to three show an increase in client contact, a confidence to handle whole matters with decreasing amounts of supervision and an ability to manage and meet demanding targets. Individual development needs are identified through regular performance reviews and feedback, and training is provided across the firm in a variety of areas and from a number of sources. At stages four and five you become a senior associate and, among other things, demonstrate the ability to lead a team and develop your profile to 'expert' within the firm in particular areas of the business. Developing our trainees from junior to senior associates, contributing to the future of the success of the business, is a high priority to us.

A high proportion of our trainees remain with us on qualification.

  • Banking
  • finance
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Corporate tax
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Information technology
  • Intellectual property
  • Insurance disputes
  • Litigation
  • Planning
  • Private client
  • Projects
  • PPP
  • Public law
  • Real estate
  • Real estate disputes
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring
  • insolvency
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

78-84 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2AB
Phone: 0121 454 4000
Email: graduate.recruitment@mills-reeve.com
Web: www.mills-reeve.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 38
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree in any discipline
Start salary: £27,000
Sponsorship: CPE/LPC
Turnover: £106,000,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £360,403 (2018)
Starting salary: £27,000
Training contract applications: 1,080 (2019)
Retention rate: 81% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 71.5% male (2019)
  • 28.5% female
  • 0.0% N/A
Lawyer diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2019)
  • 57.0% female
  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Norwich
  • Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG)
  • Business in the Community
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • LawWorks
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Business Disability Forum
  • IntoUniversity
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stonewall