Michelmores Michelmores

  • Regional Law Firms
  • London, Bristol, Exeter

Training Contract

  • Places: 10

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 16

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 440+




Michelmores LLP is headquartered in Exeter, with offices in Bristol and London. We have a strong national and continuously growing international presence and offer specialist legal advice across a wide range of sectors.

Collaboration and team work are central to our strategy and our lawyers have access to high-quality work and clients, whatever their location. Our growing client base includes Santander, the Met Office, Greenland Group and Finnfund, to name a few.

We put a strong emphasis on home grown talent and retaining our trainee solicitors, who are central to our growth plans. Our trainees typically join us at our Exeter HQ and spend a period of their training in either Bristol or London, with the opportunity to qualify into any location. Operating as one Firm, we offer trainees a high level of responsibility and a supportive and inclusive training environment, where each individual is able to thrive. 

Training Contract

We recruit to retain our trainees and are pleased to confirm a 100% retention rate for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Trainees join our Exeter HQ and spend six months in four seats, undertaking one seat in our Bristol or London offices. Trainees are encouraged to experience a broad range of practice areas and there are opportunities for client secondments.

Our Trainee Development Programme

Our structured two-year Trainee development programme focuses on building the technical and business skills that are fundamental for you to become a successful Lawyer. You will receive a thorough induction to the Firm and undertake training on a wide range of soft and technical skills, including financial and business awareness, negotiation and presentation skills, and marketing and networking. Once your training contract is complete, you will continue to have access to bespoke development programmes and opportunities at every stage of your career.

The number and variety of seats available across our offices gives you the opportunity to gain a real breadth and depth of work during your training contract, meaning that you do not feel pressured to select an area of specialism too early in your career. In each seat you will be allocated a supervisor who will support, encourage and supervise you during your seat with them.  You will also have access to a 'buddy' who will guide you through your training contract and help you feel at home from day one.  

The level of responsibility given to trainees is high. You will be running your own files, working in a team on bigger transactions and experiencing client contact on the phone and in meetings, making you an integral part of the team, from very early on.

For more information take a look at our graduate brochure.

Vacation Scheme

Our Summer Vacation Scheme is a great way for you to find out what it will be like to work as a trainee solicitor at Michelmores. We run two one week vacation placement schemes during the summer in our Exeter HQ.  The scheme is as much about you getting to know Michelmores as a place to work, as it is about us getting to know you.

You will have the opportunity to spend time in one department for the week, as we aim to give you a real hands-on insight into one area of law and life as a trainee by attending client meetings and dealing with 'real work'.

You will learn about our different departments and areas of work, and meet trainees, partners and lawyers. There are also informal lunches with trainees, which will give you the opportunity to gain a true insight into working here.

During the week you will take part in a series of assessment exercises, a group exercise and an article discussion. You will also have a formal interview with a partner and a member of the graduate recruitment team. 

Although we can't guarantee you a training contract at the end of it, we can guarantee that you will gain a thorough understanding of what it is like to be a trainee at Michelmores.

For more information take a look at our graduate brochure    

Salary & Benefits

£28,000 first year salary with an additional living allowance for office secondments to London and Bristol. In addition to sponsoring the LPC, offering a £5,000 bursary and accommodation provided in Bristol/London during office secondments, our benefits include: medical insurance; a group personal pension plan; social events, such as our annual Charity Run, AGM and trainee drinks; and an additional day off for your birthday.


There is no typical type of Michelmores trainee. We seek to recruit a diverse range of individuals. What they all have in common is that they can demonstrate the skills and attributes needed to become an outstanding solicitor.  

Skills and attributes

We are looking for people who are academically strong, logical thinkers, practical problem solvers, and who are flexible in their approach to life. Successful applicants will be well-rounded individuals who are able to demonstrate that they have drive and enthusiasm. We want team players, who relish responsibility and challenges and are as passionate about the success of the Firm as we are, and want to be involved in that success from day one. 


Ideally you will have received A,B,B at A-Level or equivalent and will be expecting to achieve a 2:1 or above at degree level.  Our offers are also conditional on candidates passing the LPC on their first attempt.

If you did not achieve these results but you feel that you can offer something that will make your application stand out, then please apply and we will, of course, consider your application. 


Please apply via our website


- 2021 Summer Vacation Scheme - 31 January 2021

- 2022/2023 Training Contracts - 31 January 2021 (Spring Assessment Day) and 30 June 2021 (Summer Assessment Day)

- We shortlist applications after the closing date. The initial shortlist of applicants will be sent an online video interview to complete.

Those who are successful at the video interview stage will be invited to an interview with the Graduate Recruitment team and complete a verbal reasoning test. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to our Summer Vacation Scheme or Assessment Days.


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