Trainee Solicitors

Trainee Solicitors at Trethowans get the best of both worlds: a firm with big clients and major ambitions, but also a tight-knit, supportive team who value each new staff member from day one.

Every year, we look for bright, talented individuals to join our award-winning firm. When you start with us, we strive to develop and advance your career from the outset. In fact, many of our Partners, Team Leaders and Solicitors were once trainees at the firm.

You will be challenged and given responsibility, but also have plenty of opportunities to have fun too. We hold many social events and activities throughout the year and our trainees often meet up as a group – with even their own budget allocated for nights out.

As a trainee, you will also receive a comprehensive benefits package. To find out more, get in touch, visit our FAQs page or read on.

Training contracts at Trethowans

We aim to give every trainee a stimulating, challenging experience with plenty of direct client contact. From day one, you will play an active and important role in your team. We will expect hard work, enthusiasm and commitment – and, in return, offer lots of support and significant rewards.

Our two-year training programme is usually divided into four six-month ‘seats’ with different teams. These will take place in at least two of our five offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton and Winchester. The seats available will depend on our growth objectives and requirements, but we will always take your preferences into account. Throughout the programme, you will work closely with your allocated supervisor to make sure you are getting as much as possible from your training.

Winners of The Lex 100 2020/21

Trethowans won two categories in the Lex 100 2020/21 student guide for ‘Work/life balance’ and ‘Inclusiveness’. The awards mean that out of 130 top UK law firms, Trethowans are ranked amongst the top 20 firms in the country.


Application process

Our application process for Training Contracts commencing 01 September 2024 is now closed.

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Meet the team

Kate Ellis

Head of People and Culture

Lucy Gleisner (nee Grey)


Sarah Floyd

HR Advisor