We believe that the more diverse our people are, the more successful we'll be as a business. This starts with our future lawyers - our trainees.

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I think the standout factor about Howard Kennedy is how they put into practice their 'Be Yourself' core value. It's a firm that allows (and encourages) you to let your personality come across both with your colleagues and clients and I really like that.

William Daniels, Trainee Solicitor 2021

We know that there isn't just one path into the law. This is why we consider applications from those with previous experience, both in and out of the legal world.

We strive to hire people from a diversity of backgrounds based on merit and personality.

But what can you expect when you get here?

You'll be encouraged to be yourself. We know that people perform better if they feel welcomed, included, and valued. Coupled with a supportive culture, we'll help you grow through development and skills building so you can become the lawyer you want to be.

You'll also have access to interesting work and impressive clients. And you'll have the opportunity to work directly and collaboratively with people at all levels.

You'll play an active part in the social and charity committees at the firm, while also attending client events and assisting with pro bono work.

Meet our second year trainees

Our trainees quickly embed themselves in the firm, getting to know our sector offering, our services and understanding the commercial aspects of working in a law firm. Click below to read their impressions and top tips as they settle into life at Howard Kennedy.


Have some questions about completing a training contract at Howard Kennedy? We've compiled answers to some of the most frequently posed questions. 

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  1. When will you start accepting applications?
    We recruit one year in advance, applications will be accepted from January each year for Training Contracts starting in September of the following year.

  2. What is the closing date for applications?
    The closing date is late April. The exact date is confirmed on the application.

  3. Do I need to have completed my LPC at the time of application?
    You must have completed your LPC, or be due to complete your LPC by July of the year your training contract will start.

  4. Do you offer any paralegal positions?
    We regularly have opportunities for Paralegals to join us in various departments, these vacancies will be advertised on the careers pages on our website.

  5. Do you fund the GDL and/or LPC?
    We will pay the full fees for the LPC and are able to offer a maintenance grant of £6,500 but do not offer any funding towards the GDL. We are not able to offer funding for the LPC retrospectively.
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Charity and social impact are fundamental and extremely important to me and it is evident Howard Kennedy shares these same values through their continued work on social impact.

Peace Benson, Trainee Solicitor 2021

Trainee diary

What's it really like to be a trainee at Howard Kennedy? Hear it from our trainees themselves.