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Applications should be received by 31 January 2023 for entry in 2025. Application is via our online application form. Further information on the application process and the firm is available on our website at www.wilkinchapman.co.uk.
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Mrs Angela English
Method of applicationOnline 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 an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise and experience.
We are distinguished by our approachability, innovation and commitment to providing the best service we can to our clients along with achieving and maintaining quality standards.
We believe that this quality, service-led approach is also reflected by the number of accreditations and recommendations that the firm regularly achieves with the UK's leading legal directories, such as Legal 500, Chambers UK and is ranked 111 in The Lawyer UK’s top 200 law firms by turnover.
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.
LPC/SQE funding is available up to a maximum contribution of £13,500 for those yet to commence their studies.
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & commercial
- Personal injury
- Commercial property
- Private client
- Domestic property
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Practice
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
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