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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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

About Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Our ambition is clear – to unlock potential in our own people, so they can do the same for our clients and their teams

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More info

We are looking for talented individuals to join us as a trainee solicitor in September 2023. Applications are made via our online form. The deadline for applications is 13 June 2021.

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 2023. We expect trainees to have completed their LPC by the start of their training contract, and we will sponsor this for the successful candidates.


Applications to

Miss Hannah Wright

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, employing over 850 people, each specialists in their own field -  lawyers and business support working together. Expertise, commerciality and relationships are at the very heart of what we do best.

Working with organisations of all sizes, including high street brands, blue chip companies and individuals, the firm delivers a broad range of specialist legal services and has particular expertise across areas including but not limited to: energy, education, banking and finance, healthcare, investment funds, manufacturing, agriculture, family business, Islamic finance, later living, social housing and real estate. Our training contracts are varied and seats can be taken in a number of different specialisms across our key sectors: life and business, infrastructure and specialist markets, and litigation and dispute resolution. Join us and unlock your potential.

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.

At Shakespeare Martineau, we offer a range of opportunities for students to engage with us as a firm. Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for more information as it becomes available.

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.

Should you be successful in gaining a training contract at Shakespeare Martineau, we will sponsor the full cost of your LPC. 

  • 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)
Retention rate: 85% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 65.0% male (2020)
  • 25.0% female
  • 10.0% N/A
Lawyer diversity:
  • 44.4% male (2020)
  • 46.3% female
  • 9.3% 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