Mills & Reeve is one of the UK’s leading full-service law firms, with offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich. We have built a strong team of 124 partners and nearly 1000 staff.
Mills & Reeve is a firm that ranks very highly both within the profession and in the minds of our clients. Our wide-ranging client base comprises everything from PLCs and multinationals to start-ups and small-to-medium-sized firms. We act for universities and colleges, major public and private institutions and a large number of private, high net worth clients.
Many of the above have chosen Mills & Reeve ahead of major London firms because of our commercial successes and all-round experience.
Our core sectors are charities, corporate and commercial, banking and finance, education, food and agribusiness, healthcare, insurance and disputes, private wealth, real estate, sport, technology and life sciences.
Of all the awards and accolades we receive, perhaps we are most proud to be ranked in The Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For”, for the fifteenth year running. We believe we have a unique culture, brilliant people and a balanced professional approach to work. And it is into this special environment that we need to recruit the lawyers of the future.
We want to provide our trainees with the richest possible experience at Mills & Reeve. That means giving you early responsibility and the chance to fully understand what being a lawyer is all about. While you will be involved in City quality work, you’ll also be able to learn the ropes in a supportive environment.
We will pair you with a partner who will act as a mentor during the course of your two-year training contract. They will be available for confidential support and career development advice.
You will be working in one of our Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester or Norwich offices, undertaking six four-month seats. These seats are in a wide range of areas. However, if you want to experience something not practised in your base office, there is the opportunity to temporarily move to a different office including our Leeds or London offices.
On-the-job learning is supported by our Professional Skills Course and a programme of in-house lectures and one-to-one training. You will also receive instruction on Felix (our in-house know-how system) and comprehensive IT training.
Your performance will be assessed by a mix of informal reviews during each seat and a more formal review at the end of each seat.
What we look for
You’re likely to be a well-rounded individual, interested in a career in the law and in Mills & Reeve. You’ll have a good balance between academic ability, interpersonal skills, drafting skills, common sense, commercial awareness, confidence, a professional approach to work and a sense of humour.
Our award winning summer placement programme is the ideal introduction to both Mills & Reeve and the legal profession.
During your time with us you will be placed in situations where you can do real work with activities such as undertaking legal research, preparing or checking a draft document, attending court, meeting clients or serving proceedings. You will work with a variety of lawyers, moving to different parts of our practice every two or three days.
Who should apply
We accept applications from penultimate year and final year law students, final year non-law students and graduates.
Salary & Benefits
At Mills & Reeve we strive to offer a competitive, comprehensive and innovative benefits package. We look to offer benefits that are relevant, and have long been believers that one size does not fit all.
You’re likely to be a well-rounded individual, interested in a career in the law and in Mills & Reeve. You’ll have a good balance between academic ability, interpersonal skills, drafting skills, common sense, commercial awareness, confidence, a professional approach to work and a sense of humour. Finally, you should have a minimum 300 UCAS points (pre 2017) / 120 UCAS points (post 2017) at A-level (BBB or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree or be on course to achieve a minimum of a 2:1. Thiscould be in either a law or non-law discipline.
All applications for summer placements and/or training contracts should be made online. If you have a disability that prevents you from completing the application online, please contact us on 0121 456 8393 so that we can make alternative arrangements.