Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. Today, we have 130 partners and over 880 people in total across our UK and international offices.
We are a full service firm with high ranking lawyers in a multitude of practice areas. Through a strong team ethic and an emphasis on collaboration, we are able to use our extensive technical knowledge and unparalleled market insight to solve complex legal and strategic issues.
Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups.
The firm has enjoyed substantial growth in recent years We have a continuing commitment to excellence and a drive for innovation alongside our expanding international footprint.
We believe that a varied workforce generates vitality for our firm. We focus on representing the diversity of our people and creating an inclusive culture that enables everyone to reach their career potential by being their true selves.
Training Contract Programme
Our training contracts are designed to offer trainees a breath of experience and consist of four seats that are rotated every six months, with the aim of providing trainees with as much exposure as possible to our business and clients. During your training contract, we will work with you to ensure that your career aspirations and interests are met, all while learning from recognised experts, taking on real responsibility and interacting with great colleagues.
We offer training contracts in London, Basingstoke/Reading, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford and Oxford. You can find out more about the seats available in each location on our website. Please note that available seats will vary at each rotation.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for dedicated, diverse candidates with a strong academic record and commercial awareness.
Penultimate year or final year law undergraduate, final year non-law undergraduate or post-graduates/career changers
No minimum A-Level grade requirements??
Have, or be on track for a 2:1 degree in any discipline?
Dedicated to a career in law
Be a great team player
Have exceptional communication skills
Have an entrepreneurial mindset and will help drive PMC forward in our vision for the future.
We understand that extenuating circumstances do happen during studies and therefore if you do not meet these criteria and feel that your grades do not reflect your abilities, please include the context of this within your application and this will be considered.
Please note that undergraduate applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of a law degree or their final year of a non-law degree.
The recruitment process
To apply for a training contract to start in 2026, please complete our online application form through our early careers website - https://www.penningtonslaw.com/careers/early-careers
Application screening and interviews commence in March and run through to August. Please note if you have applied for our 2024 vacation scheme, you DO NOT need to make a separate Training Contract application.
The first stage consists of a competency based telephone interview with a member of the early careers team.
You will be required to complete a written assessment which incorporates typical tasks a trainee may be asked to complete. No prior legal knowledge is required for this.
The final stage consists of an interview with a partner and member of the HR team, which will also incorporate a presentation based on a legal case study.
If you require any individual arrangements /adjustments during any stage of the recruitment process, please reach out to the early careers recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
At our firm, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a priority and at the heart of everything we do. We actively want to attract a diverse workforce and welcome applications from everyone, from all backgrounds. We are committed to promoting an inclusive culture where everyone can be their full selves and experience being seen and heard. You can find out more about our firm’s commitment, initiatives and Pennclusion committees.
We ensure that there are equal opportunities and treatment for all job applicants and employees, at all stages of the recruitment process and employment, regardless of age, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and social background. We aim to provide adjustments for people who have a disability, long-term health condition (including mental health) or neurodiversity. If you would like to request an adjustment, please contact Holly.Parker@penningtonslaw.com.