Training Contracts

Our aim is to give our trainees a rich variety of high quality work so that they develop their legal skills and find the practice area that best suits their skills and interests.

Training Contracts

Variety and Responsibility

Variety and responsibility are key to gaining the experience and skills you need to progress as a solicitor. Training with Birketts enables you to experience both while working alongside specialist solicitors.

As a trainee, you’ll be given genuine responsibility and challenging assignments. You might attend client meetings or court, draft contracts or develop legal advice on important topics.

The Training Contract

Based in either our Cambridge, Chelmsford, Norwich, Ipswich or London office, your two-year training contract will involve spending six months in four different practice areas. You may also gain experience (known as a ‘seat’) in another of our offices, getting involved in our sector teams and initiatives.

Our Graduate Recruitment and Development team and training principal will monitor your progress, and review your development with you at regular intervals throughout your training.

Learning and development

At Birketts we invest strongly in our trainee lawyers. As well as supporting you through your compulsory professional skills course, as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we also offer a bespoke trainee content programme. This focuses on the technical, commercial and softer skills being a lawyer, including personal brand, coping with change and client-facing business development skills.


The current salary for first year trainees is:

Ipswich/ Norwich – £27,500 p.a.

Chelmsford / Cambridge – £28,500 p.a.

London – £31,000 p.a.

We provide full sponsorship of the SQE LLM through our chosen provider, University of Law, including sponsorship of the preparation courses and exams. You will be able to complete the course at your preferred campus location. We also provide funding for SQE Law Essentials where applicable as an alternative to the GDL.

As a Birketts employees, you will also be entitled to our excellent staff benefits and rewards.

Newly qualified and beyond

Alongside your training contract, we think about the next steps in your legal career. When you qualify as a solicitor at Birketts you can explore career possibilities as a solicitor, associate, senior associate, legal director and a partner.

Whatever pathway you choose, we’ll give you all the support and guidance you need. Our Learning and Development team offers a wealth of in-house and external training opportunities.

Key dates

September 2024 – Training Contract applications close 30 June 2022

September 2025 – Training Contract applications close 30 June 2023

Further Reading

Training Contracts application process

Ready To Join?

We are delighted that you have decided to apply to Birketts, follow the link to start your application process.