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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 are now open for roles commencing September 2023. You can apply online here. This application will close on 10 March 2022 at 5pm, and any applications submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

If your application meets our requirements, you will then be invited to the second stage of the process which is an interactive online assessment. The assessment will take around an hour to complete and we recommend that you complete the practice questions provided beforehand.

If you progress to the third stage of the process, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This is our opportunity to meet you face to face and for you to meet us. The session will be half a day and the dates available are provided below:

  • Friday 24 June 2022 in Liverpool
  • Friday 1 July 2022 in Birmingham

We are unable to offer any alternative dates for our assessment centres, so please ensure you are available to attend before applying.

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:

  • Liverpool w/c 20 June 2022
  • Manchester w/c 20 June 2022
  • Leeds w/c 20 June 2022
  • London w/c 27 June 2022
  • Birmingham w/c 27 June 2022
  • Leicester w/c 27 June 2022
  • Newcastle w/c 27 June 2022

How to apply

Applications are now open for positions commencing September 2023 and you can apply here.

Applications will close on 10 March 2022 at 5pm, and any applications submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

Apply now

Please navigate through the above link and select "Trainee Solicitor 2023" as your desired role, regardless of whether you seek the training contract or graduate solicitor apprenticeship. The application process will allow you to distinguish your preference.

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, graduate.recruitment@weightmans.com or by tweeting your question to @WeightmansJobs with the hashtag #askatrainee.

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