Trainee Solicitors

Trainees 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. The seats available will depend on our growth objectives and requirements, but we will always take your preferences into account. And throughout the programme, you will work closely with your allocated supervisor to make sure you are getting as much as possible from your training.

Application process

Our application process for Training Contracts commencing 1 September 2023 will open in December 2020.

Should you have any queries regarding our Trainee Solicitor recruitment in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We welcome applications from anyone with a strong academic standard irrespective of your background, what or where you have studied.

The amount of client contact you get as a trainee is second to none. It really helps develop your communication and personal skills.

Abbie Leakey – Trainee Solicitor

Meet the team

Kate Ellis

HR Manager

Lucy Gleisner (nee Grey)