Training contracts

Are you ready to join one of the UK’s most exciting law firms?

Do you want to join a legal force with its sights set firmly on being one of the most admired top 30 law firms in its chosen markets by 2025?

The law and the world we live in is changing rapidly and we are looking for the creative thinkers and brave leaders of tomorrow.

People who will embrace chance, drive ingenuity and challenge the norm.  In return, we will provide you with first-class training, responsibility and access to high profile complex work and the opportunity to work with some of the firm’s top clients.

Could that be you?
Our application process for 2023 Training Contracts has now closed. Our application process for 2024 Training Contracts will be opening early in 2022.
If you would like to find out more information keep scrolling or check out our FAQ page where we answer a host of commonly asked questions.

90%
of our employees would recommend us
to a friend as a great place to work

93%
of our employees feel they
can be themselves at work

What do we offer?

Fun | OK, so it’s virtually at the moment, but our trainees have a very active social life and are big contributors to the law societies and professional organisations in our cities.

Experience | high profile, high-quality work – supporting some of the most exciting and groundbreaking projects and cases across dynamic sectors and areas of law.

Mentoring and support | through close support and guidance, we let our trainees drive their own futures. You will benefit from a personalised professional skills course which we supplement with our award-winning academy which provides business and personal additional training and coaching.

Be yourself | we are looking for authentic individuals, there are no SHMA types, and we don’t ever want there to be. We want people to bring their whole selves to work and show us what matters to them.

Individuality is encouraged and celebrated.

How do you apply?

Our application process for 2023 training contracts is now closed.

Following the closing date, we now shortlist all applicants and if selected you will be invited to our assessment centre.

We've put together a whole host of frequently asked questions on the application process which you can find here.

We also have a host of live events that you can attend to hear from our current trainees on what life is like here.

What else do we offer? Take a look out some of our trainee benefits

27 days holiday
per year plus bank holidays
(plus your birthday!)

Empowered working
we value what you do, not where you do it

LPC fees
we pay for your LPC fees

Employee assistance
to help you with support and advice

The Academy
award-winning training & mentor programme

Plus, a whole host of other benefits for you to pick from!

Join the conversation at our next future lawyers event

Each month our future lawyers events take place and are a great opportunity to find out more about us and what we can offer you.

Can't make any of the upcoming sessions? Register your details using the button below and we'll keep you updated on the next sessions.

Autumn Insight Evening

Date: Tuesday 26 October

Time: 18:00 - 20:20

Join us at our Autumn Insight Evening, and learn about our growth, ambitions, and how you could be part of it all! We put a spotlight on our litigation and dispute resolution sector and the launch of our India Desk. At this event, you will get to network with solicitors and partners, while also taking a deep dive into legal tech, and the work of our managed legal services team.

Register today to find out more about the work we do, and how we are building a Top 30 firm for 2025.

Future Leaders Q&A: Meet the Trainees!

Date: Tuesday 2 November

Time: 11.00 - 11.45

Got questions? Want to build your network? At this session we will be joined by four of our current Trainees: Christopher Neale, Christy Davies, Simran Kang, and Jack Fowler, who are ready to answer your questions about their day to day life as trainees and their hints and tips on succeeding with their Training Contract applications!

Responsible Business strategy Q&A

Date: Tuesday 7 December

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Meet with some of the people in our business who are leading our Responsible Business strategy.

Our strategy is split into three streams: People, Community, and Environment. Learn about how we put employee wellbeing at the heart of our business, and the commitments we have made to diversity in our firm and the wider profession.
This is the session for anyone who is passionate about paying it forward, giving back, or doing the right things to change the world. Learn about how our responsible business leaders lead the way to create change in our business, and the wider environment, and give us your questions and thoughts!.

We couldn't do what we do without our people

Rewarded, respected and fulfilled people are the key to the success of our teams.

By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams; together we win.

Find out more about our experienced lawyers and current trainees and what they think about life and business at Shakespeare Martineau by clicking on their profile images.

 

Want to find out more about our trainee contracts, the application process or whether the legal world is for you? Visit our FAQs page.

Read or download our latest firm news, blogs and our inspiring SHMA Talks

We hope our firm news provides you with a snapshot of our journey, our celebrations and how we continue to invest in our people! Catch up on our SHMA Talks where you can hear from national and local disruptors, industry experts, entertaining and motivational speakers, as well as Shakespeare Martineau leaders and rising stars.

Agricultural Law Team Expands to Meet Growing Demand

12 Oct

Firm News

Agricultural Law Team Expands to Meet Growing Demand

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Our response to The Lawyer Top 100 rankings 

5 Oct

Firm News

Our response to The Lawyer Top 100 rankings 

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Setting our sights on B Corp status

5 Oct

Firm News

Setting our sights on B Corp status

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The Legal 500 Results 2022

30 Sep

Firm News

The Legal 500 Results 2022

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Leicester consultant recognised for pro-bono contributions

20 Sep

Firm News

Leicester consultant recognised for pro-bono contributions

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Want to find out more about our trainee contracts, the application process or whether the legal world is for you? Visit our FAQs page.