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Training Contracts - we meet your ambition

 

We are a law firm for the smart thinkers; the mould breakers; the go getters.

Here you'll find top quality work, cutting edge training, high profile clients, and supportive colleagues.  

 

Your training contract

  
Our in-depth training is set in the real world, with real caseloads and responsibilities. This is first-class, hands-on training you can trust to develop your career. 

 

Over the course of two years, you'll get the chance to experience different areas of the law first hand. You will have exposure to the legal and commercial issues faced by our clients, and work with colleagues as part of the team that delivers the solutions. We will push you to take on responsibility, coupled with giving you the support you need to succeed.

Take your seat


As a trainee you will spend two years experiencing at least three areas of the law. This will involve having four six-month stints, called seats, in our various teams. We tailor it to take account of our business needs alongside your preferences and strengths, so you gain solid, all-round experience of contentious and non-contentious work. You will also benefit from the Professional Skills Course, which we supplement with a structured programme from our training academy to  heighten your skillset. This is the highly successful way we develop your abilities and help you find your niche.

 

We offer training contracts in three locations:

 

  •  East Midlands - with stints in seats at our Leicester and Nottingham offices

 

  • West Midlands - with stints in our Birmingham, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon offices

 

  • London

Make the first step. Apply. 

 

We look for bright trainees who want to fulfil their ambition with us. You'll need a strong academic background: a 2:1 or above in any subject. We expect you to share our enthusiasm for our business. But we want more than that too.

Show us what sets you apart. What makes you spirited. How you are entrepreneurial and talented. And when you show us, show us differently. Showcase practical knowhow, your personality and proof of your achievements, and you won’t go far wrong.

How to apply

Applications for our training contract vacancies in 2019 and 2020 are now closed.

We are reviewing any applications that came through before the deadline of 31 July and we will aim to contact candidates with the outcome of their application before 10 August.

Successful applications will result in an invitation to an assessment day at our Birmingham office on one the following dates:

Tuesday 21 August 2018
Thursday 23 August 2018

Candidates who are successful on the assessment day will then be invited back for a partner interview over the following two weeks.

Meet our people here

If you have any questions, please contact us at training.contracts@shma.co.uk.

Graduate brochure

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau