Irwin Mitchell Irwin Mitchell

  • Regional Law Firms
  • Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Gatwick, Southampton, Cambridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Chichester

Training Contract

  • Places: 45

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 60

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 3000




Founded in 1912, with 3000 employees, in 15 UK locations, we are one of the leading legal businesses covering business, personal and private wealth legal services.

We are passionate about delivering excellent levels of service using an expert hand and a human touch, with our five core values guiding us at every stage.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds; we recently won the 2019 award for ‘Excellence in Diversity’ from the Signature Awards.

We are also listed in numerous graduate surveys for most popular graduate recruiter including The Guardian and The Times.

As a full service law firm we provide business services for organisations, personal legal services to individuals, and private wealth services to private clients.

For Business Legal Services, the firm offers expertise in banking and finance, commercial litigation, construction, corporate, employment, insolvency, pensions, planning, real estate and tax.

Our typical clients are drawn from a cross-section of growing businesses to large companies, and come from a range of sectors including technology, consumer, financial services, manufacturing, media and entertainment, real estate, and education.

For Personal Legal Services, the firm remains one of the leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation practices in the UK. Irwin Mitchell covers all the key injury areas such as asbestos-related disease, serious injury, international travel litigation, medical negligence and product liability. 

Within the Personal Legal Services training contract, Private Wealth offers a wide range of services for private clients including succession planning, tax, reputation protection, family, and probate administration. It also advises business owners and executives on their personal business wealth.

Training Contract

The firm’s training contracts are streamed so that as a trainee you would either undertake a training contract based within the Personal Legal Services or Business Legal Services divisions. Trainees will have four seats.  This allows trainees to gain practical experience in diverse areas of law, whilst maximising retention opportunities. Training contract opportunities can be found in the following locations.












The firm is looking for ambitious and well-motivated individuals who have a real commitment to the law and who can demonstrate a positive approach to their work. Irwin Mitchell recruits law and non-law graduates and views social ability as important as academic achievement.

Vacation Scheme

Each summer the firm runs a formal two week work placement which is a great way for you to gain a real insight into what life is like as a trainee at Irwin Mitchell. Whether you are interested in personal legal services or business legal services you will have the opportunity to gain experience in two distinct areas of law. You can let us know in advance of your placement which areas of law are of interest to you. During your placement you will have the opportunity to attend client meetings, social and charitable events, and undertake real client work. You will also get to work alongside your fellow Legal Work Placement colleagues working on a group presentation.

Last year, a large proportion of training contracts were offered to those who had undertaken a Legal Work Placement, so the firm encourages all those interested in joining to apply via this route.

Applications open on 1st November 2019 and close on 12th January 2020.


Our Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme gives you the opportunity to begin a legal career and join one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms. As part of the apprenticeship, you’ll study for the CILEx NVQ Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship. 

Working closely with other team members, you will gain first-hand experience working within real legal teams and your role may include:

  • Booking appointments

  • Drafting legal documents

  • Managing files for legal matters

  • Opening and closing files

  • Preparing legal documents

  • Speaking with clients

Your Training

Under our Paralegal Apprenticeship programme you’ll receive:

  • Job-specific training through working alongside experienced staff.

  • A competency-based qualification to demonstrate you have the skills required to carry out the the role of a paralegal.

  • A technical qualification that could start your journey to becoming a qualified legal executive.

Your academic and competency training will be through CILEx Law School. Law firms are increasingly using CILEx Law School training to develop support staff into fee earning roles through legal apprenticeships like ours. For more information please visit

Salary & Benefits

First year regional: £265000

First year London: £38,000

Second year regional: £28,500

Second year London: £40,000

Newly qualified: Dependent on the office and division you qualify in.


Holiday entitlement- 25 days

Other benefits include a pension, professional subscriptions, health plan, death in service and critical illness cover.


We do not have any academic requirements although a 2:1 is recommended.

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AllAboutLaw Awards 2018

Winner - Best Training Contract - National Firm


To apply for a Legal Work Placement or training contract please visit our website to complete an application form. 

Our selection process consists of an online application, video interview and assessment centre. You will be assessed in the office that you apply to. Please visit our website for further details of dates of these.

Applications will open on 1st November 2019. 

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