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Summer Vacation Placement 2022 - Qualifying Work Experience 2024


  • Salary

  • Type of firm

    Regional Law Firms

  • Location

    Manchester, London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Reading, Bolton, Belfast, Guildford, Leicester, Newcastle

  • Vacancies

  • Deadline


We offer Summer Vacation Placements (SVPs) during June and July to second-year law undergraduates and final year non-law undergraduates onwards. We also welcome applications from people who have progressed further in their legal studies but have not yet been offered a training contract or Qualifying Work Experience programme.


Our SVPs offer a snapshot of what training with us is like and provide a real insight into a future career in law, they’re packed full of varied social events too so you’ll get a real feel for our Gateley Team Spirit and culture. During your placement, you will be part of at least two of our legal teams and have involvement in day-to-day departmental work. You will learn more about the Gateley Group, our platforms, network groups and our vision and values. 

As part of your placement, we will assess you for a training contract or place on our Qualifying Work Experience programme starting in September 2024. Whilst training with us, you will experience four, six-month seat rotations across a variety of legal practice areas. We also offer exciting client secondments if you would like to gain some experience working in-house. You will receive supervision and mentoring from highly experienced solicitors and have opportunities to work directly with clients from early on, allowing you to build your practical legal knowledge, communication, client-care skills and an understanding of the markets within which our clients operate. You also will take part in L&D courses to become a well-rounded solicitor, based on the O-Shaped Lawyer competencies, and organise social and charity fundraising events for your local Gateley office.

Vacation placement students receive £300 per week when joining us at one of our offices. 

The September 2021 starting salary for first-year regional trainees is £27,000, increasing to £28,500 in the second year. The September 2021 starting salary for first-year trainees in London is £35,000, increasing to £37,000 in the second year. 

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