Learn more about the process of applying for a training contract.

How many training contract places are available and for which year are you currently recruiting?

We have six vacancies available for the August 2023 intake.

What method of application do you accept?

Only online applications will be accepted. 

Will my application be considered if I do not meet the minimum academic requirement?

Yes. All applications will be considered and judged on their own merit. We work with RARE Recruitment using the contextualised recruitment system as part of the application screening process.

Can I apply for both a vacation placement and a training contract at the same time?

No. If you apply for a vacation placement, you’ll need to wait to hear from us on the outcome before proceeding with a training contract application.

Do you fill all trainee vacancies from your vacation placements?

No – we consider all direct training contract applications, but we do encourage you to apply for a vacation scheme. To read more about our vacation schemes click here.

How many people are invited to attend a vacation scheme?

We accept up to 6 people onto each scheme and would encourage you to submit an application form sooner rather than later.

What did Bates Wells do with their recruitment processes due to Covid-19?

We converted our vacation schemes to virtual schemes and conducted all assessment days and final interviews virtually. We managed to provide all candidates an insight into the firm and successfully offered candidates for the Training Contract starting in 2022.

We continue to monitor Covid-19 and government guidelines ahead of our next recruitment cycle. If you have any questions then please contact Francesca Evans, Trainee Recruitment & Recruitment Advisor ([email protected]).

What should I do if I want more information about the vacation scheme?

Click here.

When can I apply?

Vacation Schemes Applications: 1st October 2020 – 31st January 2021

Training Contract Applications: 1st October – 1 June 2021

Please apply here .

What approach will Bates Wells take to the SQE?

We are working through our SQE response and will update our pages in due course. Please apply as normal.

When can I expect to hear back from you?

We appreciate that you’ve taken the time to apply, so we respond to all applicants who have applied for either a vacation placement or training contract. We aim to have responded to all applicants by September 2021.

Do you offer sponsorship or a maintenance grant for the GDL and LPC?

Yes, if you’re beginning the GDL or LPC after you’ve accepted an offer from us. We provide full funding and a maintenance grants of £7,000 if you’re studying in London or £6,000 if you’re studying outside of London.

Does Bates Wells have any preference for LPC modules?

No, but you should choose any module relevant to our work and your own interests.

Is there an opportunity for secondment during my period of recognised training?

We have seconded a small number of trainees, but secondment opportunities are more common among our junior lawyers.

Can I defer my start date once I have accepted an offer?

We’ll consider requests on a case-by-case basis, taking mitigating circumstances into consideration. Any deferral will need to be by agreement only. 

Do you keep in touch with future trainees during GDL/LPC years?

Yes, we invite future trainees to a number of our social events. Our current trainees also organise two socials during the year for future trainees.

Are there opportunities for work experience or open days outside of the formal vacation placement?

At present, we’re unable to accommodate work experience or open days outside of our formal vacation placements. Please look at the details of our vacation scheme by clicking here to see if you are eligible to apply.

Can I apply for a paralegal position at Bates Wells?

Specific paralegal roles will be advertised here.

Do you accept applications from applicants who have previously been rejected?

Yes, we accept applications from candidates who have been rejected in previous recruitment cycles.