Harbottle & Lewis Harbottle & Lewis

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Harbottle & Lewis is a leading UK-based law firm focussed on the Private Client and Technology, Media and Entertainment sectors. Our clients range from start-ups to multinational companies, from household names to private individuals and their family offices. For over 60 years, we have acted for some of the most creative, talented and successful people, businesses and corporates, across all of their legal needs.

We are well known for our stand-out expertise in the Technology, Media and Entertainment sectors. This sector knowledge is very much in the DNA of our firm. But our capabilities spread far wider than that. Whether we are talking about wealth, relationships or information, our private capital expertise enables us to support our clients, as well as to help them successfully develop, grow and protect their assets.

Our advice is industry specific, commercial and strategic. Whilst we consistently provide advice that is of the highest quality, we take pride in our ability to make even the most complex of matters appear simple.

At Harbottle & Lewis we pride ourselves on our personable, friendly, non-hierarchical structure. We are a Firm where an open-door policy really is an open-door policy and where partners are always willing to help. What sets us apart from other law firms is our ethos and the responsibility we give our people.

Training Contract

The training contract consists of four six-month seats and there is also the opportunity to participate in client secondments. Trainees will gain experience in at least three areas of English and Welsh law, covering both contentious and non-contentious work and develop key skills in advocacy and oral presentation, case and transaction management, client care and practice support,  communication skills, dispute resolution, drafting, interviewing and advising, legal research and negotiation.

Trainees will get to work on matters from the early stages right through to the finish with exciting, cutting edge clients within the blockchain, adtech, advertising, film and TV industries as well as high profile individuals.

The firm recruits up to six trainees per year.

Salary & Benefits

The firm pays GDL and LPC course fees and also provides a maintenance grant of £6,000 per course.

Trainees receive a salary of £37,000, in the first year and £39,000 in their second year.  Benefits covered are 25 days of annual leave, free lunchroom, free fitness, yoga and massage on-site, cycle scheme, season ticket loan, life assurance, private medical insurance and pension.  As part of the wellbeing programme, the firm holds an annual hiking trip in the Lake District which is free of charge for all employees.


A high standard of academic achievement with a minimum AAB at A level (or equivalent) and at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent).  Candidates in their penultimate year of their degree can apply.


The online application process for training contracts commencing in 2021 and 2022 will open from 1 March to 31 May 2020. You can apply by selecting the ‘Apply’ button in the menu.

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