Your training contract is the start of your career in law.
The two-year training period gives you hands on experience and a highly personal feel via six-month seats in four of the following practice areas:
- Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Corporate and Commercial
- Employment Law
- Intellectual Property
- Restructuring & Insolvency
- Insurance Litigation
- Private Client
- Property and Property & Trusts Litigation
Whilst there is inevitably high demand to be seated in some areas, we seek to give you as much scope as possible to shape the direction of your training. In addition to SRA requirements we endeavour to enable all trainees to complete a seat in both our non-contentious practice areas and our Litigation departments.
Training confident solicitors
Edwin Coe is committed to helping trainees develop into competent and confident solicitors. You will be given the opportunity for ‘hands on’ involvement including managing your own files. Throughout your training period, there will be a continuous process of two-way feedback. The firm operates mid-seat and end-seat reviews, with the aim of monitoring your progress and supporting your development over the course of the two years.
If you receive an offer of a training contract, you probably won’t start here for around two years. To ensure you start to feel part of the team and in order for you to get to know your peers, we will be in regular contact with you and invite you to various social events.
What we look for in you
Whether you are applying for a Summer Vacation Scheme place or a Training Contract, we are looking for well-rounded individuals with a passion for law, supported by a strong academic record:
- Minimum 2:1 degree or grades to date
- Plus ABB at ‘A’ Level or equivalent qualifications
Candidates that have not achieved the above academic qualifications will still be considered where exceptional circumstances apply.
In order to be considered, your application will need to demonstrate your ability to establish professional credibility, build strong working relationships and to work both autonomously and as part of a team. Strong IT, communication and listening skills are a prerequisite for the role of a Trainee Solicitor. Ideally we are looking for candidates who participate in extra-curricular activities and who have already attained some legal work experience.
- Applications for September 2026 open: 1 January 2024
- Applications for September 2026 deadline: 30 June 2024
Salary and Rewards
Students who accept a training contract with Edwin Coe LLP will be provided with sponsorship for the LPC course or SQE 1 & 2 courses and exams, provided they have yet to complete the course.
Edwin Coe offers a competitive salary package.
We offer a flexible benefits package.
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 27 after five years’ service)
- Private Medical Insurance
- Pension scheme (5% employer contribution, 3% employee contribution)
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Group Life Assurance (4x base salary)
- Group Income Protection
- Health Cash Plan
- Dental Plan
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Critical Illness Cover
- Holiday purchase (subject to arrangements agreed on an annual basis)
- Cycle to work scheme
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a training contract?
We recruit our trainee solicitors two years in advance of the start of a training contract. If you would like to apply for a training contract at Edwin Coe, please complete and submit the online application form.
Do we wait until receiving all applications before reviewing them?
Yes, all applications will be reviewed once the deadline has closed.
How many trainee solicitors do you take on each year?
We recruit 4/5 trainee solicitors each year. The trainee intake is generally in the month of September.
How many seats will I sit in during my training contract?
The training contract is made up of four seats, each lasting six months.
Are there any seats that are compulsory?
We require all trainee solicitors to undertake a seat in both contentious and non-contentious practice areas.
Will I get feedback during my training contract?
Yes, trainees are given both formal and informal feedback during their training contract. All trainee solicitors have mid-seat and end-seat reviews enabling us to identify any development needs, let you know where you have excelled and ensure that you are progressing well.
Who will I sit with during my training contract?
Each trainee solicitor shares an office with a partner and/or an associate who will be their supervisor(s).
Can I apply more than once?
If you applied for a place on our vacation scheme and you weren’t successful, you can still apply for a training contract. If you applied for a training contract last year and we turned you down (either before or after an interview), think carefully before reapplying.
We don’t prohibit a second application as we appreciate that candidates can improve over the course of a year. However, please carefully consider what has changed in the time since your first application that you will be able to demonstrate to us in your application.
For the sake of clarity, we would not expect a third application to be successful since you will have already given it your best shot.
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