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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 2024 are now open and you can apply via the button below. The closing date for applications is Thursday 9 March 2023 at 12noon.

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Our application process consists of 4 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 open question 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. You must complete this initial application by Thursday 9 March 2023 at 12noon. We will not be able to accept applications after this date.

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 — Virtual interview

If you are successful at the HIPO-I assessment, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview with a member of HR and a Partner or Principal Associate from the Firm. The interview will be conducted via Zoom and will include a presentation. Virtual interviews will take place w/c Monday 5 June 2023, or for those also attending the summer vacation scheme w/c Monday 12 June 2023. Alternative dates will not be available.

Stage 4 — assessment centre

If you are successful at the virtual interview stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This will consist of two parts: 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. Assessment centres will be held w/c Monday 26 June 2023 in Liverpool and Birmingham. Alternative dates will not be available.

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 you 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. We will be running our programme the w/c 12 June 2023 in the below offices:

Please be aware there are no other dates available.

Meet us and find out more

During Autumn we will be attending events and hosting open evenings in our own offices. Please see further details below:

Law fairs & careers fairs

Wednesday 5 October — BPP University Fair (online)
Tuesday 11 October — Legal Cheek Careers Fair (online)
Tuesday 18 October — University of Liverpool
Tuesday 18 October — University of Leicester
Tuesday 18 October — University of Newcastle
Wednesday 19 October — Manchester Metropolitan University
Thursday 20 October — Edge Hill University
Monday 24 October — University of Nottingham
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October — De Montford University
Wednesday 9 November — University of Birmingham
Wednesday 16 November — University of Birmingham (online)
Wednesday 16 November — Liverpool John Moores University

To attend, please contact the university or organisation directly

Open evenings

Tuesday 8 November 2022 — Weightmans Birmingham office (FULLY BOOKED)
Thursday 17 November 2022 — Weightmans Newcastle office (FULLY BOOKED)
Tuesday 22 November 2022 — Weightmans Leeds office (FULLY BOOKED)
Wednesday 1 February 2023 — Weightmans Liverpool office (FULLY BOOKED)
Thursday 2 February 2023 — Weightmans Manchester office (FULLY BOOKED)

We are also going to be hosting two online open evenings on Wednesday 1 February and Thursday 2 February (5.30-7.00). Please email earlycareers@weightmans.com if you wish to register.

Places at our open evenings are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and priority will be given to those who are eligible to apply for our roles now i.e. second year of a law degree onwards or final year of a non-law degree onwards. Please email earlycareers@weightmans.com providing the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Current stage of education (e.g. second year of law degree or final year of history degree)
  • The role which you are interested in
  • The office and date you would like to attend

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.