Trainee Solicitors

We are not just looking for trainee solicitors, but future solicitors and partners. Therefore, we look to retain our trainee solicitors upon qualification where possible. 

We provide our trainee solicitors with a varied and hands-on training in a supportive environment, ensuring that their legal knowledge, confidence and skills develop as they complete each of their seats.  

Each trainee is assigned to a specific partner who is responsible for their supervision and acts as their mentor.

The training contract is usually split into four separate seats of approximately 6 months – although training in a seat may be extended beyond the usual 6 month period subject to the needs of the business - in 4 of the following teams:

  • Business Immigration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Commercial Property (including licensing)
  • Employment Law
  • Property litigation
  • Private Client, Estate Planning and Estate Administration 
  • Residential Property

In addition to the practical experience gained in each seat, our trainee solicitors will sit the external Professional Skills Courses (PSC) to meet the requirements of the SRA for trainee solicitors; and also attend internal and external training.


It is our policy to recruit suitable candidates as paralegals before deciding whether or not to invite that individual to apply for a position as a trainee solicitor. Our selection process is robust, and includes detailed written assessments, interviews, and a role play.

A paralegal will usually be expected to work for a minimum of 6 months before they are considered as a suitable candidate. If you are offered a position as a paralegal there is no guarantee that you will be offered a training contract.

We usually recruit one to two trainees per year. Whilst there is no set timetable for the intake of trainee solicitors they often commence on 1 May each year.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from candidates who have gained a 2:1, or higher, degree classification and who have completed their vocational training.  

Please apply by sending a cover letter, explaining why you want to work for DKLM, and by e-mail to 

DKLM LLP is an equal opportunities employer