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.

We are currently reviewing our processes which will enable us to accommodate trainees who wish to qualify via the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) route to qualification, which was introduced by the SRA in September 2021. We welcome its aims to remove some of the existing barriers to qualification, improve diversity in the profession, and ensure consistency and standardisation of qualification. Further information will follow once we have completed our review.

Ranked in The Legal 500 Future Lawyers student guide to the legal profession

Trethowans is top ranked in three categories in The Legal 500 Future Lawyers student guide, out of 110 top UK law firms:

  • Top 10 law firm in the UK for ‘Overall job satisfaction’
  • Top 20 law firm in the UK for ‘Work/life balance’
  • Top 20 law firm in the UK for ‘Living up to expectations’.

Application Process

Our application process for Training Contracts commencing 01 September 2025 is now open. To apply please complete the application form available here and email to us at

The close date for applications is 31st May 2023.

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Meet the team

Kate Ellis

Head of People and Culture

Sarah Humphrey


Sarah Floyd

HR Advisor

Nicola Gowers

HR Advisor