Solicitor Training Contracts

Applications Closed for 2024

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Working at SE-Solicitors


At SE-Solicitors, we can offer you a rewarding career built on continued personal growth, supporting you to achieve the highest standards. You will work within a collaborative, diverse and friendly environment in a law firm that puts people first in everything that we do.

We strive to create a first class experience for our staff and our clients, which is always personal. It is important to us to develop, nurture and retain our trainee solicitors, so we take our time to carefully select our trainees and provide a structured and comprehensive training programme.


The majority of our trainees who successfully qualify, progress within the SE family with clear and tailored pathways, training and development. We are proud that a number of our Directors started their careers here as trainees.



What we look for in a Trainee Solicitor


At SE-Solicitors, we not only look for excellent academic qualifications. We also look for common sense, a can-do attitude, and the ability to organise yourself. As a truly collaborative firm, effective team work is key to a successful career with us as together we are stronger.

The qualities that we look for in our trainees include a real enthusiasm for a career in law, being personable, proactive, professional and conscientious.


It is important that you have excellent interpersonal skills, a commitment to providing high quality legal services to our clients, and the ability and confidence to excel in whatever you do.

Each year SE-Solicitors limits the number of trainees we recruit, in order to provide all our trainees a quality experience working alongside experts in each field of law during their training contract.


Hear from our Recent Trainees

Your Training Contract


Our trainee solicitors will complete 4 seats. Each seat will be for a period of 6 months, in contentious and non-contentious departments. We do ask before your training contract for your seat preferences so we can try to accomodate these in line with the business needs.


  • Agriculture
  • Commercial Property
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Residential Property
  • Private Client

Application Process


If your application is shortlisted, you will initially be invited to take part in a telephone interview. Should your interview be successful, you will then be required, as part of the recruitment process, to attend an assessment day.


The assessment days in the Spring will consist of a follow-up interview and a presentation. You will also be expected to undertake a basic legal task. If selected, you will be invited to go through to a second interview stage.

How to Apply

Applications are closed for 2024.

To apply for a solicitor training contract, please download the application form and attach your completed application form, your covering letter and your CV. This will automatically be sent to Carole Carbery, our HR Director.

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        Our Values

        Always Human

        We strive to create an experience for our staff and our clients which is always personal, ensuring everyone feels welcome, valued and that this is their home from home.

        Ambitiously Driven

        We are driven to keep improving, to grow our business well and by the desire to see our clients succeed. Helping them achieve their goals and work through difficult challenges.

        Deeply Dedicated

        At our heart is a tireless commitment to achieving the best outcomes for our clients and our staff, encouraging them to excel and progress within the SE family.

        Truly Collaborative

        We thrive because we value each other’s strengths. We’re a team of brilliant individuals, with brilliant minds creating the best solutions to the biggest problems by working collaboratively.


        “I would recommend the firm as an employer, particularly for those who have just left education and are wanting to kickstart their legal careers. I have found the transition wonderful, with a perfect balance of providing a support network whilst encouraging independence from very early on. I have learnt so much from not only my own department, but other departments too!”
        Aisha Khanam – Legal Assistant, Debt Recovery
        “I was overwhelmed with the support I got when I started at SE, the team were more than happy to answer my constant questions. The social environment in the workplace shows that SE-Solicitors values the importance of encouraging a strong team culture.”
        Aisha Khanam – Legal Assistant, Debt Recovery
        “A company like no other in my experience. Being an employee of SE is a privilege. Made to feel like part of team and encouraged to progress. Training in abundance. During the Covid pandemic SE have gone above and beyond to ensure the welfare of their employees whilst continuing to provide an excellent service to our clients. SE continues to grow and maintains its fabulous reputation year after year.”
        Glassdoor review from Employee 2023
        “From my first day to the present, I feel privileged to work with such supportive, friendly and professional colleagues from whom I have learnt a great deal. Everyone is approachable and has time for you, which makes SE-Solicitors stand out as a law firm and a marvellous place to work.”
        Glassdoor review from Employee 2023
        “Every director I have met has proved themselves to be personable and friendly, which means a lot. I am known by name to most if not all of them – which I do not take for granted. They are also very generous and don’t like to miss an opportunity to show it, which is very welcome!”
        Glassdoor review from Employee 2023
        “Everyone is extremely approachable, positive relationships with Directors and all Senior Staff – Social events such as the yearly team day, social committee and lunch time activities – Lots of support given from every team member – Room for progression and your views on progression are listened to and welcomed”
        Glassdoor review from Employee 2023