Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Mills & Reeve LLP.
Below you will find a summary of the stages of our process.
1. Online application form (here).
2. Watson Glaser critical thinking test. You can take a practice test here.
3. Shortlisting of application forms by HR and a team of lawyers.
4. Assessment centres held centrally in our London office to include a group exercise and a written 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 21 June to 2 July (Birmingham and Cambridge) and 28 June to 9 July (Manchester and Norwich).
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Method of applicationOnline 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 17 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 and commercial awareness. You will need high standards of academic achievement; to demonstrate maturity, 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.
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 receives more opportunities and experiences than at 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 2023 trainee 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. Initially this invovles 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. Typically, after approximately 4 years, 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.
We are very proud that a very high proportion of our trainees remain with us on qualification.
The firm sponsors fees for the GDL and LPC together with a maintenance grant for each course.
- Banking & finance
- Corporate tax
- Information technology
- Intellectual property
- Insurance disputes
- Litigation/Dispute resolution
- Private client
- Projects & PPP
- Public law
- Real estate
- Real estate disputes
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
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
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
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
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£343,468 (2019)|
|Training contract applications:||1,015 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||94% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG)
- Business in the Community
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Birmingham FLAG
- Black Solicitors Network
- Business Disability Forum
- Mindful Business Charter
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation