Most of our trainees are people who have impressed us on our vacation schemes or through internal recruitment from our paralegal population. We recruit exclusively through these channels for our London and Manchester training contracts.
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As a trainee, you may be able to go on secondment to our household-name clients. And if you want to broaden your horizons, you could spend time in one of our overseas offices on an international secondment.

We do accept external applications for Training Contracts in some locations. Please click below to learn more about these opportunities.



On this training contract, you’re likely to complete three seats in London and one seat in Guildford, as well as the opportunity to apply for an international or client secondment. The combination of a wide variety of practice areas, local offices, and international and client opportunities means you’ll have the chance to have a broad range of exposure to our whole network.

Trainee Salaries and Grants:

Year 1: £42,000

Year 2: £44,500

Newly Qualified: £80,000

Maintenance grant for PGDL and SQE (if you study in London): £9,600


Trainees on our Manchester training contract will complete four seats based in Manchester in either Employment, Healthcare, Insurance, Real Estate, Banking, Financial & Professional Disputes or Projects & Construction. You may also have the chance to apply for a client secondment.

This scheme is perfect for people who want to be based regionally but are part of a global law firm with world-class training and development opportunities.

Trainee Salaries and Grants:

Year 1: £28,000

Year 2: £30,500

Newly Qualified (into Non-Casualty teams): £55,000

Maintenance grant for PGDL and SQE: £7,700

My training contract at Clyde & Co offered a broad learning experience which has prepared me for life beyond qualification. The firm invested in my professional development through a combination of excellent training, high quality supervision and exciting opportunities.
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What makes a good trainee

Being part of a global firm is a given with our Training Contracts. Our process is designed to allow candidates with the commercial understanding to succeed and develop into high quality solicitor.

I have had exposure to both contentious and transactional work during my training contract with my first seat in Specialty Insurance and my second in Real Estate. Highlights so far include participating in two high-value, international arbitration hearings where we acted for the insurers and independently handling small property transactions where I had direct client contact
Second Year Trainee, London
“Trainees across the firm are expected and required to be an integral part of their teams and are valued as such.”
Second year trainee, London
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Vacation Scheme

We recruit most of our trainees via our vacation scheme. Click here to find out more.

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Vacation Scheme