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What is the Weightmans training contract?

You can apply to complete our training contract if you are currently studying towards, or have completed, the Legal Practice Course (LPC). If you have not yet commenced the LPC, you can become a trainee solicitor by following our graduate solicitor apprenticeship pathway to qualification.

Our 24-month training contract will provide you with excellent training and experience across four six-month seats in different areas of the business, which will include everything which is required for your qualification to solicitor. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to complete a range of different work with a robust support network of supervision and mentoring.

Why Weightmans?

Here at Weightmans, people are the most integral part of our culture and business, and so your success is our success. We have great working practices for ensuring a mindful and considerate working culture, as such we are signatories of the Mindful Business Charter.

In many of our offices, we have a unique and open office space accompanied by agile working for a great work-life balance. With a focus on learning and development of our people, we are proud to have consistently high trainee solicitor retention rates.

As much as we work hard, we like to play hard too! Having an appropriate work-life balance is something we value for all our people. Our social calendar is always full, from theatre visits and quizzes to office parties. Each of our offices has an active social committee who are always looking for new members to get involved.

We pride ourselves in our CSR (corporate social responsibility) work and support a number of deserving charities, both nationally and local to our offices, including Zoe’s Place, Francis House, Simon on the Streets and many more. As part of our commitment, all staff receive two days of paid CSR leave each year, and each office has a local committee who are always looking for new members, and this may be something you would like to be a part of once you join us.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits. For year one as a trainee solicitor, you would receive a salary of £25,000 (£32,000 London), which will increase after 12 months to £27,000 (£34,000 London). As a Weightmans employee, you will also be entitled to our excellent staff benefits including:

  • 28 days' holiday
  • Healthcare cover
  • Pension plan
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Employee care scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Dental care scheme

What is the application process?

Applications for positions commencing September 2023 have now closed. We will be reopening the process in the Autumn for positions commencing September 2024 but please feel free to register your interest in this programme using the form at the bottom of the page.

Our application process consists of 3 stages:

Stage 1 — Written application

At this stage, we will look at your predicted/obtained degree score and your answer to an open question. This question changes each year and is designed to check your understanding of how a law firm, and Weightmans works. We will also assess structure, depth, punctuation and grammar. The quality of your answer will determine if you progress to the next stage, therefore we suggest you spend some time on this and proofread before submitting it. We will review all written submissions individually, along with your degree score, in a blind marking process.

Stage 2 — HIPO-I interactive online assessment

If you are successful at the written application stage, you will then be invited to complete an online assessment called the HIPO-I. This assessment has been designed to test verbal and numerical reasoning along with some situational judgement questions to assess if our values align, you will then be asked to complete a video interview question.

Stage 3 — Assessment centre

If you are successful at the HIPO-I stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This will consist of three parts: a competency-based interview and presentation, a group exercise and a written exercise. Before you attend you will be given the opportunity to attend an online insight session which will be designed to prepare you for assessment, walk you through the day and answer any questions you may have. You will also be provided with a written brief.

Our process is designed in order for us to identify that we are the right fit for each other; for us as a firm and for you in your choice of employer. We welcome you to contact us if you have any queries regarding this process.

Summer vacation scheme

When applying for a trainee solicitor role you may also choose to be considered for a place on our summer vacation scheme. This week-long paid placement at one of our offices has been designed for those who are applying for a trainee solicitor position with the firm to gain some first-hand experience at Weightmans.

You can apply by selecting the scheme you wish to attend on the trainee solicitor application form. The dates and locations are listed below:

How to apply

Applications for positions commencing September 2023 have now closed.

Applications for 2024 positions will open in the autumn.

Meet us and find out more

You can meet a member of the early careers team, and some of our current trainee solicitors, at university law fairs and events this autumn:

University of Liverpool: EmployerConnect: The Virtual Fair 12 October 2021
University of Newcastle Virtual Law Fair 19 October 2021
University of Leeds 26 October 2021
University of London: Law and Social Sciences Fair 27 October 2021
University of Leicester 28 October 2021
University of Birmingham: Law Career Fair 10 November 2021
Northumbria University: Law Career Session 11 November 2021
University of Manchester 18 November 2021
De Montfort University 19 November 2021

Please book a place directly with the university.

Do you have any further queries?

Please contact our graduate recruitment team on +44 (0)345 073 9900, earlycareers@weightmans.com or by tweeting your question to @WeightmansJobs with the hashtag #askatrainee.