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Walker Morris LLP

  • 20 vacancies
  • 31 trainees
  • 52 partners
  • 480 staff

About Walker Morris LLP

Large commercial practice looking for bright, commercially minded individuals with a sense of fun who can demonstrate a practical approach to legal matters.

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More info

You will need to visit our website for further information and to complete our online application form.


Applications to

Mr Duncan Lole

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview

Walker Morris works as a true partnership, both internally and with its clients. We can do this as a result of the independent and non-conformist culture of the firm and our single location strategy. Even though we have approximately 480 employees and 49 partners, our strategy ensures that our lawyers, whatever their respective legal disciplines, are used to working closely with each other all of the time. It enables us to deliver a quality service to clients and allows our solicitors an ideal environment in which to grow. This is true partnership.

To find out what it is like to work at Walker Morris LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Training is aimed at giving you a wide variety of exposure to different areas of law, departments, people and clients. For this reason, unlike many other firms, you will move seats every four months. This allows you to choose which seats you would like in your second year and allow your final seat to be the one into which you will qualify (should you so wish).

As well as your daily work and supervision, your training will include lecture sessions, seminars, role plays and workshops and the professional skills course.

We encourage our trainees to take responsibility and use their initiative. We believe in giving autonomy and client contact from day one; the more aptitude you show, the more responsibility you will be given. However, we don't believe that dropping you in at the deep end is the best way forward either. You will, therefore, receive all the support and guidance you need in order to develop into a well-rounded commercial lawyer.

Training is aimed at giving you a wide variety of exposure to different areas of law, departments, people and clients. For this reason, unlike many other firms, you will move seats every four months. This allows you to choose which seats you would like in your second year and allow your final seat to be the one into which you will qualify (should you so wish). As well as your daily work and supervision, your training will include lecture sessions, seminars, role plays and workshops and the professional skills course.

We encourage our trainees to take responsibility and use their initiative. We believe in giving autonomy and client contact from day one; the more aptitude you show, the more responsibility you will be given. However, we don't believe that dropping you in at the deep end is the best way forward either. You will, therefore, receive all the support and guidance you need in order to develop into a well rounded commercial lawyer.


The future

As it says in our literature, we do not recruit trainee solicitors for a two-year training contract. We recruit our commercial lawyers and partners of the future. The majority of our trainees have been offered a permanent role on qualification this year. We think that reflects our commitment to finding and developing high calibre people. To prove it, the majority of our partners and associates trained with the firm.

Our first intake of SQE students will be from 2024. 

Our overall law firm goal is to have balanced representation across the firm. The individuality that people bring is the lifeblood of our business, and to not grow with a rich and diverse talent base would only harm us as an organisation and limit us as people. Here are a few things we’re proud to talk about:

We have six newly assigned and trained “Diversity Champions” who help champion good practice, encourage participation and provide a voice across the firm for all D&I aspects and initiatives

-We work closely with universities and actively in local communities to help people prepare for a law career and to make people feel it is a realistic career choice regardless of their background

-We launched our reverse mentoring scheme in 2021, which includes nine mentors matched with nine board members/heads

-A good proportion of our lawyers / partners come from a non-private school education

-We’re a member of the NOTICED diversity network for law firms

-We’re a signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter

We will pay future SQE/LPC/GDL fees together with £5,000 mainteance fees to students who have been offered a training contract.

  • Commercial disputes
  • IP
  • Construction
  • Real estate & banking litigation
  • Energy infrastructure & government
  • Finance commercial
  • Planning
  • Corporate
  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • regulatory
  • Commercial contracts
  • Finance litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

33 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL
Phone: 0113 283 2500
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.walkermorris.co.uk/careers/graduate-futures
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 48
Minimum qualification: Ideally 2.1
Start salary: £28,000
Fees paid for:
  • CPE/GDL
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £55,198,298 (2020)
Profit per partner: £807,756 (2020)
Training contract applications: 460 (2021)
Retention rate: 80% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 75.0% male (2021)
  • 25.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 40.0% male (2021)
  • 60.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Sporting bodies
  • Leeds
  • ProHelp
  • Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter
  • NOTICED