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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

  • 8 vacancies
  • 15 trainees
  • 130 partners
  • 830 staff

About Shakespeare Martineau LLP

As enterprising and original thinkers, we're driven to create exceptional experiences for our clients and our people.

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More info

We are looking for talented individuals to join us as a trainee solicitor in September 2022. Applications are made via our online form. The deadline for applications is 14 June 2020.

If you are successful in getting through the application stage, we will invite you to a full-day assessment centre. Our assessment centre comprises of a mixture of assessments throughout the day, including verbal, written and group activities.

Successful candidates at the assessment centre are invited to attend a final interview before training contracts are offered to start in 2022.


Applications to

Miss Emily Cupi

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing businesses and personal wealth. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent, and what’s coming around the corner.

Working with businesses of all sizes, we deliver a broad range of specialist legal services and have particular expertise across sectors including; energy, education, healthcare, banking and financial services, investment funds and advanced manufacturing. Our training contracts are varied and seats can be taken in a number of different specialisms across our four key groups: private capital (family and private client), real estate, litigation and corporate and commercial.

We look for bright trainees who want to fulfil their ambition with us. You’ll need a strong academic background: a 2.1 or above in any degree subject. We expect you to share our enthusiasm for our business. But we want more than that too. Show us what sets you apart. You’ll be a great candidate to us if you can demonstrate that you have an enterprising spirit together with talent, originality and determination. And when you show us, show us differently. Showcase practical know-how, your personality, efforts and attainments.

We sponsor the LPC fees for successful candidates.

Our in depth training is set in the real world, with real caseloads and responsibilities. This is first-class, hands on training you can trust to develop your career. As a trainee you will spend two years experiencing at least three areas of the law. This will involve having four six-month stints, called seats, in our various teams. You will also benefit from the Professional Skills Course, which we supplement with a structured training programme from our training academy to heighten your skillset.

Our training contract exposes trainees to a combination of contentious and non-contentious work, tailored to individual strengths, preferences and business needs. Trainees also receive regular support and feedback through our buddy and mentoring schemes.

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contentious Probate
  • Insolvency
  • Employment
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Energy
  • Private Client
  • Family
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

One Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6AA
Phone: 01789 416400
Email: training.contracts@shma.co.uk
Web: www.shma.co.uk
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1
Start salary: £26,000 (Regional) and £29,000 (London)
Starting salary: £26,000
Retention rate: 71% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 69.5% male (2018)
  • 30.5% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 34.0% male (2018)
  • 55.0% female
  • 11.0% N/A
  • Birmingham
  • London
  • Leicester
  • Nottingham
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Milton Keynes
  • Solihull
  • Sheffield
  • Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG)
  • Business in the Community
  • Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre