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Considering a career in law?.......Consider Hewitsons

New Trainees

When it comes to legal jobs and legal careers, Hewitsons is ranked among the UK's foremost law firms. With 39 partners, we have offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Types of work

We have a strong reputation in a range of specialisms and a national and international client base, particularly in Europe and across North America.

We have opportunities for legal jobs across our areas of noted expertise, which include:

In 1994, Hewitsons founded LawExchange International, an association of independent law practices in key countries around the globe, providing readily accessible and informed legal advice within their countries for clients of member firms. LawExchange unites partner firms in major centres of commerce, industry, high technology and research across Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Who should apply

A successful applicant will demonstrate the intellectual aptitude and the interest in developing into an enthusiastic, able solicitor who will respond to all the opportunities which we can offer in an excellent, well managed Training Contract. Those who are most successful have generally already achieved a high standard of academic success (at least a 2:1 degree) and have excellent interpersonal skills, show initiative and work well as part of a team. 

Vacation work

The firm operates a vacation scheme. Demand for placements is always high and we offer these during June, July and August.  Application is by way of CV and covering email by the end of January to, setting out your areas of interest and your available dates.

Training programme

Training contracts are currently offered at Cambridge and Northampton with possible seat placements in Milton Keynes and London.

Trainees complete four placements of six months each in a range of different legal specialisms. We work very hard with our trainees to ensure that together we achieve a training profile with which each is comfortable. During each seat, the trainee is supervised closely by a Partner or Associate. There is lots of guidance given and individual progress is monitored on a day-by-day basis as well as in a formal three monthly review, carried out mid-seat and at the end of the seat.

Trainees will participate in a comprehensive induction programme which takes place over a number of days. The PSC is coupled with an extensive programme of seminars specifically tailored for trainee solicitors and provided by specialist in-house lawyers.

Our books are now closed for Training Contracts commencing in September 2021 and 2022.  Applications for training contracts commencing in September 2023 should be made by 31st August 2021 by completing and submitting this firm's Application form.  To request an application form please email Sally Denton, Senior HR Executive,

We are an equal opportunities employer.


Please contact our Senior HR Executive, Sally Denton via email at or call her on 01604 233233. Sally would be delighted to hear from you for an informal chat and she will answer any questions you have about a future career with Hewitsons.

Click here to read an article on our advice to new graduates seeking first jobs.

What some of our trainees have said

"A healthy balance of responsibility and supervision”

“Friendly and approachable supervisors and colleagues.”

"A good work/life balance”
"Exposure to a varied range of work”

"High levels of client contact” 

“Regular catch-ups with the other trainees”