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Training Contracts - we meet your ambition


We are a law firm for the smart thinkers; the mould breakers; the go getters.

Here you'll find top quality work, cutting edge training, high profile clients, and supportive colleagues.  


Your training contract

Our in-depth training is set in the real world, with real caseloads and responsibilities. This is first-class, hands-on training you can trust to develop your career. 


Over the course of two years, you'll get the chance to experience different areas of the law first hand. You will have exposure to the legal and commercial issues faced by our clients, and work with colleagues as part of the team that delivers the solutions. We will push you to take on responsibility, coupled with giving you the support you need to succeed.

Take your seat

As a trainee you will spend two years experiencing at least three areas of the law. This will involve having four six-month stints, called seats, in our various teams. We tailor it to take account of our business needs alongside your preferences and strengths, so you gain solid, all-round experience of contentious and non-contentious work. You will also benefit from the Professional Skills Course, which we supplement with a structured programme from our training academy to  heighten your skillset. This is the highly successful way we develop your abilities and help you find your niche.


We offer training contracts in three locations:


  •  East Midlands - with stints in seats at our Leicester and Nottingham offices


  • West Midlands - with stints in our Birmingham, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon offices


  • London

Make the first step. Apply. 


We look for bright trainees who want to fulfil their ambition with us. You'll need a strong academic background: a 2:1 or above in any subject. We expect you to share our enthusiasm for our business. But we want more than that too.

Show us what sets you apart. What makes you spirited. How you are entrepreneurial and talented. And when you show us, show us differently. Showcase practical knowhow, your personality and proof of your achievements, and you won’t go far wrong.

How to apply

We are looking for trainees to start with us in the West Midlands in September 2019 and 2020.

In the East Midlands and London, our contracts start in September 2020 only.

To apply for either 2019 or 2020, the deadline is 31 July 2018

Our application form is now available. Click here to apply.

Applications will be screened by our recruitment team once the deadline of 31 July has passed. We will aim to contact candidates with the outcome of their application the following week.

Successful applications will result in an invitation to an assessment day at our Birmingham office on one the following dates:

Tuesday 21 August 2018
Thursday 23 August 2018

Candidates who are successful on the assessment day will then be invited back for a partner interview over the following two weeks.

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"The dedication and commitment of Shakespeare Martineau
throughout the process helped to create, and preserve,
value for the shareholders."

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