Training Contracts

Bright?  Ambitious?  Commercial?  Personable?

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We aim to have up to 15 Trainee Solicitors in training at any time. We are looking for bright, ambitious, commercial, entrepreneurial and personable individuals and we take time to ensure this select group are the perfect fit for our firm. We place a great emphasis on equality of opportunity for all and appreciate all of our differences.

We are now accepting applications for 2019 and 2020 Training Contracts, Open Day 2018 and Vacation Scheme 2018.

During an Assessment Day for Training Contracts candidates will be put through a number of exercises, they will have the opportunity to meet a number of Coffin Mew Partners and employees, including our current Trainee Solicitors, and also have a tour of our 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth office.

Our training programme is designed to ensure our trainees develop the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge of the law required to become a successful Solicitor. We will challenge your thinking whilst providing you with excellent training, coaching and mentoring.

We hope that after attending our Open Day and Assessment Centre candidates will leave having learnt about us as a Firm, what we are looking for in our future Trainee Solicitors, while having a challenging and enjoyable experience.

Our Trainee Solicitor retention rates are high and it’s interesting to note that our recently retired Chairman Nick Gross started his career with Coffin Mew and with promotions throughout a 30 year period, he held positions at the firm including Head of Corporate, Managing Partner and Chairman.

The 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, supportive and nurturing environment for all our Trainees.

As a Trainee Solicitor, you will rotate seats every six months and have exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. From day one you will be given significant client responsibility with hands-on client contact for a full service range of sectors.

Trainees have regular review meetings, an informal mid seat review and an end of seat review with their seat supervisor. They also have an end of seat appraisal with Miles and Amanda.

In 2016 we were shortlisted for the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards in the ‘Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm’ category and were awarded the title of Lex 100 winners for our training contracts in 2 categories: Work/life balance and confidence of being kept on.


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We’ve Trained Here!

I joined Coffin Mew because I was looking for a varied training contract experience at an ambitious regional firm.  I was not disappointed.  I was given a high level of responsibility from the outset and a good range of client work and client contact in all of my seats. 

Emma Stevens


My training contract with Coffin Mew has been diverse, varied and hands on. I have really enjoyed the significant client responsibility and the high quality of work in every seat. It is clear that trainee solicitors are really valued at Coffin Mew for the contribution and expertise that they can bring.

Charlotte Allery

From day one I have felt like more than just a trainee at the firm. While getting a chance to move between different teams and learn the detail of law in practice is a major part of the training contract, at Coffin Mew it is just as important to build strong commercial skills. This has meant attending client meetings, going to networking events and being a part of the growth of the firm.

James Kitching