Applications are now closed.

Whether you have a law degree or not, you can have a future in the law. Many great lawyers didn't start their academic life in the law; sometimes great lawyers come to us from other professions, deciding to retrain later in life; other times law students join us who have known that they have wanted a career in the law for many years.

Whichever route you take, the decision on which firm to complete your training contract is an important one. You need to consider whether there are niche areas of law you would like to practice, the types of clients that you would like to work for, where you would like to be based and whether you are keen to be part of a large or small intake of trainees.

Each year Wright Hassall limits the number of trainees we recruit, offering places to those of the very highest calibre. This enables us to be in a better position to offer permanent employment after completion of the training period, and also means that our trainees have the opportunity to get involved with lawyers of all levels of experience during their training contract.

First and foremost, we recruit interesting people; our trainees need to be able to talk to clients, be at ease with colleagues and with themselves. Our training and development programme will help you to become a great lawyer; if you can bring commitment, the right attitude and an appetite to learn, you need to apply.

Martin Oliver Partner, Trainee Programme

What we offer

Our training contracts are a partnership between the trainee and the firm. We expect hard work, commitment, drive and a hunger to learn and develop into an effective solicitor. We will support you during your training but also expect you to take responsibility for your own learning and for developing additional skills.

In return for your hard work and commitment we offer:

  • Six month 'seats' in four different practice areas - before starting your training contract you will be asked for your seat preferences, which we will do our best to accommodate in line with the needs of the business; you should have a mix of contentious and non-contentious seats.
  • Access to commercial and private client seats
  • A supervisor for each seat that can provide coaching, guidance and support
  • A performance review at the end of each seat
  • Your own files to manage and the opportunity to meet clients
  • Salary which is on par with our immediate competitors:
Year 1 £23,500
Year 2 £25,000
  • LPC funding capped at £11,000 and a maintenance grant of £1,750 paid at the start of the LPC to support your studies
  • 22 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Excellent training and development
  • A healthcare scheme
  • A subsidised gym membership
  • Active social committee who organise drinks after pay day, the winter and summer parties, and various events throughout the year.

What we are looking for

We recruit on the basis of this being a long term commitment during which you will be given every opportunity to excel, with a vision that you may one day be a partner at the firm.

We look for:

  • Penultimate and final year law students, final year non law students and graduates, or those considering a change of career
  • Ideally a minimum 2:1 degree. Although we look for high academic achievement and ability, we will not automatically discount your application if certain grades have not been achieved. Use the application form to make yourself stand out
  • Experience gained on legal vacation placement or work experience schemes
  • Enthusiastic, proactive and commercially minded people
  • Self-starters and team players.

More information about the role of a Trainee Solicitor at Wright Hassall and what qualities we look for can be found in the attached Job Description and Person Specification. 

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      Application process

      We are now accepting applications for training contracts to start in September 2021. Please download the application form at the bottom of the page, save to your PC, and return the completed form via email to 

      If your application is shortlisted which may include a telephone interview, you will be required to attend a one week Work Placement as part of the recruitment process (either w/c 1 or 8 July 2019). During your placement week you will be expected to undertake a legal research task, group exercise, and letter writing task. You will also have the opportunity to meet our current trainees. Your performance in the tasks and feedback obtained during the week will be taken into consideration when shortlisting for the final stage of the recruitment process. If you have a genuine reason why you will not be able to attend one full week of Work Placement you must be able to attend a minimum of two days in addition to the Friday in your week of placement. You should use the application form to explain your reasons for restricted attendance.

      The final stages will consist of a further series of testing, an interview and presentation on Thursday 1st August and Wednesday 7 August 2019.

      As a result of your contribution during the work placement, the firm could provide you with an opportunity for paid employment depending on business requirements.

      The timetable for the recruitment process is outlined below. Due to the volume of applications we receive we will not confirm receipt of your application form. We are also unable to respond to those who are unsuccessful, so if you do not hear from us by the end of June 2019 you should assume that your application is not being progressed. Feedback will only be provided following attendance of the Work Placement. We apologise for this and hope that you understand the reasons. 

      26 May 2019     

      Closing date for applications

      June 2019


      w/c 1 July or w/c 8 July 2019

      Attend a Work Placement week which will incorporate some assessment exercises

      End July/Start August 2019

      Final stage shortlisting

      Thursday 1st August 2019

      Wednesday 7 August 2019


      Interview & presentation

      Wright Hassall values the differences and advantages that a diverse workforce brings to the firm, and is committed to ensuring that all applicants are valued as individuals and treated with respect and fairness.

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