Who we are
You will often hear us say “Achieve more. Together”, and while many law firms talk about teamwork and collaboration, it’s not just a catchphrase for us, more the cornerstone of our culture and how we work.
Of course, you want to know that we have six offices across the UK with 1,000 staff and over 500 lawyers. But, more importantly, you should know that we have been crowned Law Firm of the Year by both Legal Week and RollonFriday and we have been ranked in the Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past 17 years. We consistently win accolades for our vacation scheme and training contracts.
This is because, as a trainee at Mills & Reeve, we offer something a bit different. The quality of the work you will get involved with, the contact and relationships you will build with clients and the culture of the firm you work in. And 97% of us would recommend that you work here.
Everyone at Mills & Reeve brings a unique perspective and ideas to the team and we do everything we can to help each person to thrive. Diversity and inclusion is a key strand of our 2025 vision. Our aim is to ensure that everyone working for or with us feels valued and supported, not only for how they perform in the working environment but also for who they truly are.
We have recently been recognised by Legal Week with an award for Standout Diversity in Innovation and a Lifetime Contributor to Innovation award.
We are a major UK law firm and our work spans a broad range of legal sectors and jurisdictions for a diverse range of clients: from the FTSE250 to fast-growth start-ups, from individuals to some of the world’s most established and prestigious organisations.
What we do
Our service is delivered through firm-wide core groups: corporate and commercial, employment, family, insurance disputes, private client, projects and construction, real estate and regulatory, public and commercial disputes. Core sectors are automotive, charities and social enterprise, education, energy, food and agribusiness, government, health and care, insurance, life sciences, mid-market, private wealth, real estate investment, sport, technology.
A Mills & Reeve trainee receives more opportunities and experiences than at many firms. We want you to really understand what it’s like to be a lawyer and the best way to do that is to give you responsibility. You’ll be working with national and international clients where you are given the freedom to learn in a supportive environment.
Trainees take on six 4-month seats to allow you to experience the breadth of the work we do and you will be supported by dedicated supervisors, a partner mentor, a trainee buddy and the graduate team throughout the two-year training programme.
A very high proportion of our trainees remain with us on qualification – 100% in 2021!
Who should apply?
We want people who are ready for early responsibility because that is what we will give you. You will be driven, have a positive attitude and an agile approach. You will enjoy untangling complicated issues and thrive on building relationships with clients and colleagues.
For the last few years, we have recruited all of our trainees via our summer vacation scheme. Therefore, we recommend you apply for a place on the scheme in the first instance, if possible.
We are recruiting the following positions from our 2022 summer vacation scheme:
Training contracts to start in 2023 - 2 positions in Leeds
Due to firm growth, we are looking to recruit our inaugural cohort of trainees in Leeds, to start in September 2023. We will require this trainee cohort to take the LPC route to qualification, and so will only be able to take forward applications from candidates who are final year law students, law graduates or non-law graduates with the GDL.
Training contracts to start in 2024 - c.25 positions across Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester and Norwich
For 2024, we will sponsor candidates to qualify via the SQE route and we will welcome applications from penultimate-year/final-year law students, final-year non-law students and graduates (any discipline). We will sponsor non-law candidates to undertake the PGDL before any SQE courses.
Here is a summary of the stages of our process for direct applications. Please see our summer vacation scheme posting for details of the application process for that placement (from which we will look to make our training contract offers).
- Online application form.
- Watson Glaser critical thinking test.
- Shortlisting of application forms by HR and a team of lawyers.
- Assessment centres to include a group exercise, a written exercise and an interview.
- Offers will be made within two weeks of assessment centre.