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Trainee Solicitors

What we can offer you as a Trainee

The nature of our business means we can offer you variety – of work type, client profile, office location and team structure. Unlike many firms, we are also keen to offer early responsibility, suitably supported, so that you can show your potential and give you a more informed understanding of how best to develop your future career.

With established private client, family law and residential conveyancing departments, we can offer experience of working alongside specialists advising on often on complex, high value matters. Our company commercial and commercial property teams serve both local owner managed businesses and larger corporates.

Unusually, compared with many equivalent practices, there is also a strong emphasis on litigation. This explains the development of our specialist commercial litigation, clinical negligence and personal injury claimant teams which punch above their weight, given the overall size of the firm, and which attract clients beyond Yorkshire.

Role as a Trainee

As a trainee solicitor you will complete 4 x 6 month seats in both contentious and non-contentious law having the opportunity to gain experience from the following Departments:

  • Commercial Property
  • Company Commercial
  • Employment
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Personal Injury
  • Family
  • Private Client
  • Residential Conveyancing

For each seat you will receive a training programme which identifies the learning requirements for that discipline.  You will be allocated a Supervisor who will monitor your work closely throughout giving regular informal and formal feedback to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge ensuring you cover the various relevant areas of law identified in the programme.

As a trainee you will be challenged from day one but always supported by your Supervisor and will be given the opportunity to deal with hands-on client work from the outset.

The Training Principal also takes an active part in your period of recognised training and you will meet with him on a six monthly basis for a formal review of your progress so far where he will set objectives to develop your skills further to ensure you are developing at an appropriate pace.

You are also encouraged to become involved in business development which will include representing Harrowells externally under the guidance of our Marketing Manager.


  • Competitive salary with regular pay increases to reflect increased knowledge and experience
  • 25 days’ holiday plus all UK Bank holidays
  • Life assurance x 2 (after qualifying period)
  • Westfield Health Plan (after qualifying period)
  • Contributory pension scheme (after qualifying period)
  • Child Care Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

What we are looking for in a trainee

We are seeking to recruit trainee solicitors who we believe could have a long term career at Harrowells and would wish to move up our career and development structure to become Partners of the future through focused career progression.

With over 130 staff, Harrowells is the size where every employee’s contribution is visible and has a tangible impact on the performance of the business.  This means we take our recruitment and development of staff very seriously.  Experience has taught us that the more open we are to recruiting and promoting individuals from a wider range of backgrounds, the more likely we are to find and retain staff who add long term value to our business.

Providing quality legal advice that is valued and delivers profitability relies on more than just ‘technical’ knowledge to achieve.  We look for individuals who have the potential to develop rapport with a wider range of clients, colleagues and other professionals and who show commercial acumen when giving advice and organising their own work and time.

Therefore as well as having good academic qualifications we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate they:

  • Are commercially aware
  • Have the ability to adapt well to new situations and working styles
  • Show initiative and resourcefulness
  • Are excellent team players
  • Have excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt them to any audience
  • Are self-motivated and stand out from the crowd
  • Have the desire to continue developing their skills and broadening their knowledge and expertise

Our latest trainee solicitor positions are advertised on our job opportunities page.