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Vacancies: 23
Trainees: 40
Partners: 126
Staff: 704
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 30
Minimum qualification: 320 UCAS points at A level (ABB or above) / achieved or predicted strong and consistent 2.1 degree or above
Start salary: £37,000 (London) / £27,000 (Birmingham, Exeter & Manchester)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

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Application details and method of selection

We are looking to recruit trainee solicitors to join us in 2018 either in our London, Birmingham, Exeter or Manchester offices. If, after carrying out your research into the firm, you are interested in applying to us, our training contract application deadline is 1 August 2016. If you are keen to experience the firm during one of our summer vacation schemes next year (either in London, Birmingham, Exeter or Manchester), the application deadline is 1 March 2016.

Please note that you will need to complete our online application form in order to apply for either / both of the above programmes - we do not consider any other form of application to us (i.e. CV and covering letter).

We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates, and from those looking for a career change. Having a law degree is by no means essential to being a trainee solicitor with us - we recruit a healthy number of our future trainees every year from non-law backgrounds.

Firm description and career prospects

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm with a network of offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East. We are known for our leading real estate offering and hold market-leading positions in the UK for our work in affordable housing and the public sector. 

Our key areas of expertise include banking and finance, corporate, dispute resolution and litigation, employment and pensions, projects and construction, public sector, real estate (including commercial property and housing), tax and private wealth.

We pride ourselves on providing down-to-earth and commercially savvy advice to our clients and, no matter where our clients are, they have access to a connected network of lawyers across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors.

The combination of what we do, where we do it and the people we work with make us different from other international law firms. We are a growing firm, but we can assure you that you will not be anonymous. Combine all this with the excellent training that we offer and we believe that we are an outstanding prospect for any future trainee.

To find out more about what it is like to work here, read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


For those individuals to whom we make a training contract offer, if you have yet to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), you are required to complete the course(s) at the University of Law and we will cover your course fee(s) in full. We will also provide you with a maintenance grant of either £6,500 (if you are studying the course(s) in London) or £6,000 (if you are studying the course(s) outside of London) for each year of study.

In terms of the electives we require our future trainees to undertake on the LPC MSc at the University of Law, these are advanced real estate law and practice; mergers and acquisitions law and practice; and debt finance law and practice.

Work placements

We operate vacation schemes in the summer across our London, Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester offices, and each scheme is for a two-week period. Our summer vacation scheme programme allows successful candidates to gain a real insight into what life is like as a trainee solicitor at our firm - indeed, you will actually be treated as a trainee for the two-week period and will be exposed to trainee-level work.

You will have the opportunity to experience two different departments during your fortnight with us, and will automatically have the opportunity to take part in our summer training contract assessment centre. This could subsequently lead to an interview with us and a potential training contract offer being made to you.

Training contract programme

The training contract itself is divided into four six-month seats and you can expect to experience a broad range of departments over the course of the two-year period. There are no compulsory seats, although at least one will be in a real estate-related area. You will be allocated a supervisor (who will be a senior within the firm) and will be appraised every three months (mid-seat appraisal and end-of-seat appraisal). This gives you a great opportunity to receive detailed feedback on your performance and allows us to see that you are developing at an appropriate pace.

We believe in learning by experience. Throughout your training contract, you will be given responsibility and you will be challenged. You will have the opportunity to develop your drafting and commercial negotiation skills, and will be able to enhance your communication skills as a result of real client contact or simply through liaising with partners and other colleagues. Your legal skills will be developed through research and due diligence, and your presentation skills tested through giving talks and writing articles.

You will benefit from a strong network of support in addition to that provided departmentally. Our graduate recruitment & development manager is always on hand, along with the training principal and the trainee solicitors' committee. The committee meets regularly to discuss training, selection and trainee events, and includes four trainee solicitor representatives (one from each intake).

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial

Work areas


London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Malaysia, Oman

Probono initiatives


Diversity access schemes

Aspiring Solicitors, Black Solicitors' Network, East Potential, PRIME, Social Mobility Foundation, Stonewall, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership


Turnover: £78,300,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £307,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £37,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 1,727 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 77% (2015) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 73.5% male (2012)
  • 26.5% female
  • 0.0% N/A
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 52.0% male (2012)
  • 48.0% female
  • 0.0% N/A
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Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Muscat


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Trowers announces 100% trainee retention rate

International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has announced that all 13 of its trainees who are set to qualify in March will be kept on as newly-qualified solicitors.

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Featured Lawyers

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Penny Pruksakit

University of Southampton
Trainee Solicitor

Trowers & Hamlins offers me the opportunity to be involved in exciting international deals, as well as the chance to work abroad in our Middle East offices during my training contract. My varied responsibilities continue to support my professional development.

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Matthew McDonald

University of Warwick
Trainee Solicitor

Trowers & Hamlins provides me with the ability to work in a City firm from a regional office. With excellent supportive colleagues, high-quality and engaging work, my experience and knowledge is being enhanced on a daily basis.

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  • Jess Arczynski

Associate Jess Arczynski is excited about the fast-paced and stimulating housing and regeneration work that she does at Trowers, a global firm that taps into her own international background.


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