Training contracts & CILEx opportunities

Training contracts & CILEx opportunities

Our goal is simple – to help you achieve yours.

Applications for our training contract intake, Open Day and Vacation Scheme are now closed.

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As a Trainee Solicitor, you will rotate seats every six months and have exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work, so that you are able to get as much experience as possible across a range of legal disciplines. From day one you will be given significant client responsibility with hands-on client contact across a number of sectors and will be welcomed into one of our dynamic teams who will encourage and support your success.

We welcome applications from all graduates and undergraduates, not just those who have studied law. If successful, you will be invited to participate in our Assessment Day, where you will complete a number of exercises throughout the day so we can learn more about you and your strengths and so you can learn more about Coffin Mew.

Our training programme is managed by Miles Brown and Amanda Read, who are assisted by our Employee Mentoring Scheme and the HR Team, who work together to provide a collaborative and supportive environment for all our Trainees.

Open Day and Vacation Scheme

Open Day

Our Open Day is a great opportunity to visit our company HQ and to get a “behind the scenes” insight into the life of a lawyer at a large regional law firm. You will get the chance to meet with our current trainees, as well as some of our partners and solicitors.

Vacation Scheme

Our one week paid Vacation Scheme offers you the chance to have some direct client experience shadowing our trainee solicitors and assisting with day to day tasks. The scheme gives you a unique level of insight into the day-to-day workings of a law firm; from breakfast with the CEO and attending management board meetings, to working directly on client matters – you’ll end the week with a real taste of life at Coffin Mew.

When should you apply?

Applications are now closed.

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CILEx opportunities

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) offer an alternative route to qualifying as a lawyer. We welcome ambitious and driven individuals, whether you are looking to kick-start your legal career or already have a law degree (or equivalent qualification). This route typically takes five to seven years to complete if you have no existing legal qualifications. Training can be done at either a CILEx accredited centre or by distance learning.

Qualifying via the CILEx route allows you to earn as you learn, and gain vital practical experience alongside your studies. Chartered Legal Executives can go on to become Advocates, Partners in law firms and Judges, so there is no limit to what you can achieve. More information can be found at

Get in touch with our careers team to discuss further –

I joined Coffin Mew straight after finishing my degree at Portsmouth University, and had incorporated my level 6 CILEx exams into the final year of my degree. During my six years at Coffin Mew, I have worked my way up from a file opening clerk to a senior conveyancer overseeing the New Homes team. I enjoyed the CILEx modules as this allowed me to apply the law I had learnt at university to real life scenarios, which I found helped me understand it better.

Natalie Marsh, Chartered Legal Executive

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