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Wilkin Chapman LLP

  • 6 vacancies
  • 10 trainees
  • 43 partners
  • 330 staff

About Wilkin Chapman LLP

Leading Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire law firm offering a wide range of legal services to private, corporate and publicly-funded clients.

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More info

Applications should be received by 31 January 2021 for entry in 2022 and 2023. Application is via our online application form. Further information on the application process and the firm is available on our website at

Applications to

Mrs Angela English

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Numeracy tests
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Wilkin Chapman LLP is the largest law firm in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire with 43 partners and around 330 staff. We are a full-service law firm with a network of six offices in Grimsby (the main registered office), Lincoln, Beverley, Louth, Horncastle and Doncaster.

Over the last ten years the firm has spread geographically, grown in turnover, doubled the number of partners and staff and developed new practice areas. We are currently ranked 106 in The UK Lawyers’ top 200 law firms.

We have made a substantial commitment to quality standards being awarded the Lexcel – the Law Society’s accreditation standard in 1999 and then ISO 9001 quality standard in our recoveries department in 2015.

As a modern, progressive firm whose reputation has been built up over many years, we work to a set of values and behaviours known as ‘STAIR’ values. They define who and what we are and underpin everything we do. Wilkin Chapman is, therefore, committed to providing a highly professional, efficient and personal service with a client-centred focus. We believe that we can only provide the best service by recruiting and supporting the development of the best staff. That is why we place great emphasis on ensuring your training programme is robust, providing you with the best opportunities to develop your career progression to becoming a solicitor.

We have 15 one-week placements available per year for undergraduate students, which are split across our Grimsby, Lincoln and Beverley offices. Placements take place during the Easter and summer breaks. Further details of the specific placement dates available can be found on our application form.

Placements are structured to allow you the opportunity to spend time in two of the firm’s core divisions and therefore experience the different types of work that we do.

During your placement, you will experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of the Wilkin Chapman team, by working on real client matters alongside our trainees, solicitors and partners. You are likely to be involved in drafting documents, conducting research and meeting clients. In addition, there will be presentations on training contracts with Wilkin Chapman and the wider firm, with lots of opportunities to ask questions and find out more about us.

Typically, your two-year contract will provide you with hands on experience in a number of different areas of law, one of them non-contentious. The training period will be split into four six-month placements. For some part of your training contract, you may spend time at more than one of our offices in order to give you experience of different types of clients and work. However, we do flex our training contracts to meet our business needs.

Who should apply

Candidates should preferably have a 2.1 either in law or another discipline and be able to demonstrate a consistently good academic record. Our client-focused approach means that we look for candidates who will be excellent communicators with a desire to achieve the best possible result for the client. There is excellent scope for career progression at Wilkin Chapman for strong candidates.

  • Dispute resolution
  • Agriculture
  • Corporate & commercial
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Personal injury
  • Recoveries
  • Commercial property
  • Private client
  • Regulatory
  • Crime
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Practice
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Cartergate House, 26 Chantry Lane, Grimsby, DN31 2LJ
Phone: 01472 262626
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 15
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £21,750
Sponsorship: LPC
Turnover: £16,200,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 80 (2020)
Retention rate: 80% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 64.0% male (2020)
  • 36.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 48.0% male (2020)
  • 52.0% female
  • Beverley
  • Grimsby
  • Horncastle
  • Lincoln
  • Louth
  • Doncaster