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Vacancies: Circa 20
Trainees: 40
Partners: 126
Staff: 703
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: £36,000 (London) / £27,000 (Birmingham, Exeter and 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 2017 either in our London, Birmingham, Exeter or Manchester offices. If, after carrying out your research on the firm, you are interested in applying to us, our training contract application deadline is 1 August 2015. 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 2015.

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 are a City, national and international full-service firm with a unique mixture of practice areas. We are the number one firm in the UK for housing and public-sector work, and are consistently ranked as one of the leading firms in the Middle East.

Our main areas of expertise include banking and finance, corporate, dispute resolution and litigation, employment and pensions, international (based in London, the Middle East and the Far East), 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 what it is like to work at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, 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), we will cover your course fees in full. We will also provide you with a maintenance grant of either £6,000 (if you are studying the course(s) in London) or £5,500 (if you are studying the course(s) outside of London) from us for each year of study.

All future trainees intending to study the GDL and / or the LPC in London are required to attend Kaplan Law School. For those wishing to study the course(s) outside of London, we are flexible with your choice of institution. In terms of the electives on the LPC, you can choose your own provided they are relevant to the firm's core practice areas.

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, which could lead to a training contract interview and a subsequent training contract offer being made to you accordingly.

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

Kaplan Legal Advice Centre, Reprieve

Diversity access schemes

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: £36,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 1,727 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 76% (2014) 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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