Mills & Reeve Trainee Recruitment

Train with Mills & Reeve

About Us
Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm with 110 partners and approximately 800 staff, operating from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich. 

Our business model is straightforward - the highest quality advice, outstanding client service and value for money. We advise more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations, as well as leading international insurers. Our commercial clients include global and UK-based businesses, FTSE and AIM listed organisations, private companies and startups. We have the largest private client team outside of London and one of the largest family teams in Europe.
Mills & Reeve's services are delivered through firm-wide core groups: corporate & commercial, disputes, employment, family, health, insurance, private client, projects & construction and real estate.  The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in: charities, education, food and agribusiness, health, real estate investment, sport and technology.

Mills & Reeve has been named for a record 13th year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times’ annual survey, which recognises that we put people at the centre of our business.

Vacation Scheme
Our award winning summer placement scheme allows you to get a taste of Mills & Reeve and the legal profession before applying for a training contract. We offer two weeks' work experience at one of our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester or Norwich each summer.

Training Contracts
Trainees complete six four-month seats and are recruited to the Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester and Norwich offices. Trainees are encouraged to temporarily move to another office to complete a four-month seat, including Leeds and London, during their training contract to widen their experience. The firm will support the move with an accommodation allowance.
Training is supported by a full induction, in-house training programme developed by our team of professional support lawyers and the professional skills course (PSC).

A high proportion of trainees remain with the firm on qualification.

Who should apply?
We welcome applications from penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates. We expect you to have already gained or be on course for a 2.1 degree or equivalent from either law or non-law disciplines. 

We recruit graduates who set high standards of achievement in both their academic and personal life.

You’ll have a good balance between academic ability, interpersonal skills, drafting skills, common sense, commercial awareness, confidence and a professional attitude to work.  You will also be willing to accept early responsibility.

We look for candidates who have the potential to develop into our solicitors of the future.

Online application, closing dates are:
31 January 2017 for 2017 summer placements
31 July 2017 for 2019 training contracts