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.

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

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 2024 training contracts will open on 20 January 2022

Key dates:

Applications open: 20 January 2022

Applications close: 23 May 2022
Following the closing date, we will shortlist all applicants and if selected you will be invited to our assessment centre.

Assessment centres: Will take place in June/ July 2022 (dates tbc on our website at the end of January)

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!

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.

Virtual Insight Evening

Date: Wednesday 19 January

Time: 18:00 - 20:15

Want to build your network in the legal sphere and learn more about the work completed in the Life and Business sector at Shakespeare Martineau? Come to our Virtual Insight Evening and get some application tips, network with our lawyers in breakout rooms, and learn more about the changes Employment Lawyers have had to adapt to since 2020, and what changes they foresee ahead.

Future Leaders Q&A

Date: Tuesday 1 February

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

In January 2021 our application process for our 2024 Training Contracts opens. Looking for tips on how to ace your applications? In this session we are joined by two of our current second year trainee solicitors (Charlotte Ketteringham who is currently in Residential Property, and Isaac Murdy who is currently in Contentious Probate), and two of our current first year trainee solicitors (Katherine Richards who is currently in Family/Risk, and Kayleigh Brown who is currently in Clinical Negligence). Our trainees will be able to answer your questions about applications, assessment centres, paralegal roles, life at Shakespeare Martineau, and everything in between!

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.


Meet Kerry
One of our legal directors

Meet Jamilah
One of our newly qualified solicitors

Meet Arron
One of our new trainees

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

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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.

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