Front-row seat

When you join us, you’ll be one of just six trainees. This means you’ll get more opportunities to make your mark.

It also means we’ll care more about what you want to achieve, with us and in the world around us.

We’re looking for trainees who are genuinely excited to join a smaller firm that’s driven by its values, where making a positive impact is as important as making a profit. We offer clients you can commit to, as well as incredibly interesting and demanding work. We expect and empower you to have client contact from the very beginning of your career.

You’ll begin to experience all of the unique qualities of a career at Bates Wells from the moment you’re given your training contract. We’ll keep in touch and invite you to our social events before your first day in the office.

We aim to have all our trainees qualify into the firm, where there is plenty of opportunity to grow and progress. One-third of our partners started out as Bates Wells trainees.

Our values

To learn a little more about who we are, the values that drive us, and our B Corp certification (we’re very proud to be the first UK law firm to get accredited), take a look at our About Us page.

Financial Assistance

We currently pay first year trainees £36,000 and second year trainees £38,000. We review all salaries annually.

We’ll provide full financial support for both the GDL and LPC, as long as your courses commence after we’ve offered you a training contract. We also provide maintenance grants during the GDL and LPC.


Applications for our 2021 Summer Vacation Schemes and 2023 Training Contracts open on 1st October 2020!

Our Trainees Team