Trainee Solicitor Recruitment

Trainee Solicitor Recruitment at Sills & Betteridge

Currently recruiting for 2026!

Our training contracts immerse trainees in the working world of law from day one and they are given responsibility early on with their own caseload, where appropriate and an opportunity to carry out their own advocacy.  We endeavour to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired during academic studies to develop our trainees into effective practising lawyers.

We take on trainee solicitors each year for a two-year training contract which commences in September. Sometimes there are opportunities for upcoming trainees to join us as Paralegals prior to their training contract.

Our two-year training contracts will provide trainees with hands-on experience in a variety of different areas of the law. The departments that trainees are likely to gain experience in include; Litigation, Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Family and Mediation, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Personal Injury and Medical Negligence.

Trainees are supervised by an assigned Lawyer and have regular review meetings with the firm’s Training Partner, Simon Breeden.

We have an excellent and proactive training department within the firm, and trainees are invited to regular in-house training days organised by the firms HR department. Both Simon and the wider firm have an open-door policy and encourage discussion about your training contract.

We invest heavily in our trainees because your success is our success!

What we are looking for?

We are looking for proactive, well rounded individuals to join the firm. We want to know who you are as much as what you have achieved.

  • Degree 2:1 or above (law or non- law degree);
  • Good academic A-levels;
  • Legal work experience;
  • Other work experience;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Personal experiences and growth;
  • Pro Bono work;
  • What makes you stand out above the others;
  • Communication skills;
  • Common sense; and
  • Commercial awareness.

The Application Process

1st September 2024

Deadline for Training Contract applications.

16th September 2024

1st STAGE: Successful applicants will be sent a pre-assessment selection form containing value-based and situational questions.

6th October 2024

Deadline for survey responses.

W/C 25th November 2024

2nd STAGE: Successful candidates will be invited to attend our Trainee Assessment Day which will take place on either Monday 25th or Wednesday 27th November at our Head office in Aquis House, Lincoln. The assessment will consist of 3 different areas of Law and will involve case studies and tasks to complete. The assessment will last approximately 3 hours and will be followed with a networking lunch with current Trainee Solicitors/NQs.

W/C 09th December 2024

3rd STAGE: Successful candidates will be invited to attend a panel interview with Simon Breeden (Training Partner), a member of our HR/Recruitment team, and also a membership of our Senior Leadership Team.

W/C 16th December 2024

FINAL STAGE: Applicants are updated at the end of December on the status of their application and offers are made.

How to Apply

To apply for a 2026 Training Contract, please send your CV and a covering letter to by the deadline of 01 September 2024. Remember to specify which branch you are applying for and include the specifics of your academic achievements.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Register interest

We are always interested in talking to talented individuals who are interested in a career with the Firm. If you would like to register your interest, please get in touch by completing the contact form.

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