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TWM Solicitors

6 vacancies
12 trainees
37 partners
220 staff
TWM Solicitors is a leading, full service law firm with over 200 years' experience providing solutions-focused advice to businesses and individuals.

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We welcome applications from candidates who have a strong academic background – either a law or non-law related degree with GDL of preferably 2:1 or higher unless there are exceptional circumstances) along with:

previous relevant work experience that shows a genuine interest in law;

excellent written and verbal communication skills;

evidence of a pro-active approach to work;

an ability to work as part of a team and to deadlines; and

proficient working IT knowledge including the Microsoft Office suite.

We will select a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for an assessment day. The assessment day is designed so that we can get a good insight into your written and oral communication skills and assess your ability to work in a team – you will be asked to discuss a given subject with a group of people and present your ideas to us.

You will be presented with the following tasks:

a critical reasoning test

a written exercise

a group discussion, including a presentation

an interview

We understand that you will be nervous, and naturally you will be stronger in some exercises and weaker in others. What we will be looking for is a strong overall performance, a friendly but professional personality and someone who relates to others and uses their common sense throughout the tasks.

Could you be the next generation of partners at TWM Solicitors?

We recruit people who value, and want to contribute to, the provision of top-quality legal services; possess good interpersonal skills; balance legal knowledge with commercial awareness; and are committed to professionalism in all aspects of their work.

Applications to

Ms Kathy Betts

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

TWM Solicitors is one of the largest legal practices in Surrey, and one of the South East’s leading law firms. We are a full service firm, undertaking the full spectrum of legal work for individuals, businesses and other organisations. The firm is the product of a significant merger in 2000, but proudly traces its origins back to the 1790s.

TWM Solicitors provides unrivalled coverage in Surrey, and Central and South West London. The firm’s hub office in Guildford houses the ever-growing business law and specialist lending practices, while from all locations the firm enjoys a pre-eminent reputation in real estate, private client and family law.

Clients come from a variety of sectors, drawn to the firm because of its location and expertise. Businesses that have given consent to be named as clients include Chelsea Technologies Group, Crown Golf, FESPA, Handelsbanken, Lloyds Bank plc, Miles Commercial, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, Shilton plc, Tindle Newspaper & Radio Group and the TVR Group of Companies. Private clients are medium, high and ultrahigh net worth individuals.

Our main areas of expertise are:

Business law

Commercial property

Dispute resolution

Employment law

Family law


Private client

Residential property

We offer two vacation schemes, which typically take place during July and September in our Guildford office. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside our teams of solicitors and contribute to real-life legal cases. 

You’ll also receive training and mentoring from experienced solicitors, including a variety of workshops covering topics across our various practice areas, and receive feedback and advice on your work and performance. Throughout your two-week placement at TWM, we’ll match you with a trainee buddy to help you settle in and answer any questions you may have.

How will I be assessed?

We’re looking for the next generation of partners and hope that this could be your first step on that path. After completing the vacation scheme, you’ll be considered for a place on the assessment day for our training contract programme where you’ll be given the opportunity to turn your vacation scheme into a training contract offer.

Who can apply?

The vacation scheme is open to undergraduates in the second year of study or above. We welcome applications from students who are passionate about pursuing a career in law whatever their background or experience.

Assessment days normally take place at the end of February/beginning of March. The summer vacation scheme usually takes place during the first two weeks of July, while the autumn programme runs during mid-September. Successful applicants are paid £423.28 per week.

Applications for our 2024 programme are now closed. Learn more about how to apply for our 2025 programme here.

The 'SQE' section below sets out our training programme.

If you have passed your LPC you will be exempt from taking SQE1 and we will tailor the training contract to fit your situation, so that during your training contract you have four six month periods of qualifying work experience as well as preparing for and sitting your SQE2.

We offer a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) training contract which will be two years and nine months long and include the following:

September 2025 – office-based induction and introduction to the firm for three weeks, followed by full time SQE1 online preparation course, paid for by the firm. We would encourage you to study at least part of the time in one of our offices

January 2026 – SQE1 exam

January 2026 to January 2027 – two seats of qualifying work experience, each lasting six months. Where possible, we try to place you in your preferred seat, but we always make sure that your seats are a combination of contentious and non-contentious law

January 2027 to March 2027 – full-time SQE2 online preparation course, paid for by the firm. We would encourage you to study at least part of the time in one of our offices

April 2027 to May 2027 – SQE2 exam

May/June 2027to June 2028 – two seats of qualifying work experience, each lasting six months

Learn more about how to apply for our 2026 programme here.

TWM Solicitors is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the firm as well as in those areas in which we have influence.

Employees and partners are informed of this anti-discrimination policy and provided with equality and diversity training appropriate to their needs and responsibilities.

All those who act on TWM’s behalf will be expected to pay due regard to the firm’s anti-discrimination policy when conducting business on the firm’s behalf.

In all its dealings, including those with suppliers, contractors and recruitment agencies, TWM Solicitors seeks to promote the principles of equality and diversity.

We make every effort to reflect our commitment to equality and diversity in our marketing and communication.

As referred to in the 'SQE' section below, we pay for our trainee solicitors to undertake SQE1 and SQE2 preparation courses with our chosen provider and for exam fees.

  • Employment
  • Commercial property
  • Residential property
  • Lending
  • Family
  • Private client (wills
  • trusts
  • probate)
  • Dispute resolution
  • Dispute resolution contentious probate
  • Business law
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

65 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RD
Phone: 01483 752700
Email: [email protected]
Training programmes offered:
  • Training contract/QWE
Work placement: Yes
Number of vacation schemes: 4
Minimum qualification: 2:1
Start salary: £28,130
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
  • Guildford
  • Wimbledon
  • Epsom
  • Reigate
  • Leatherhead
  • Cranleigh