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Trainee Recruitment

We recruit our trainees solely through the summer Vacation Scheme - a week of work experience, which is a chance for us to get to know each other. Information on the process and timing is below.

Applications for the 2024 vacation scheme and 2026 training contracts are now open and will close at midnight on 28 January 2024.

Successful applicants must be able to attend an assessment day on either 17th or 24th April 2024.

You can download our brochure here.

We recruit trainees solely through our new Vacation Scheme that provides the top 20 highest performing graduate students – our potential future trainees – with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and lift the lid on life at Fladgate.

Vacation scheme attendees will experience a weeklong programme consisting of departmental exercises, assessments, networking and social events. Successful attendees will join us as Trainees in 2026, undertaking four seat rotations across our fee earning departments.

Matthew Williams, a Partner at Fladgate, leads the Trainee programme which has been recognised by The Lex 100 for top job satisfaction and client contact.

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Come and join our friendly, collaborative team!


As a general rule we have six to eight trainee vacancies per year and we recruit two years in advance.

Our application process opens in October and closes in January.

Yes. We are open to receiving applications from both law and non-law graduates. If you are a non-law graduate we mandate that you complete the PGDL before enrolling in the SQE. As we recruit two years in advance, you will have plenty of time to complete your PGDL and SQE prior to joining. Many of our trainees and lawyers chose not to study law at undergraduate level and went on to complete a conversion course.

We like to see a consistently strong academic record. However we review each application on its merits and will take into consideration mitigating circumstances. Where academics fall short of a 2:1 (or equivalent) we would expect to see that you have met the criteria of our selection process in other ways; for example commerciality and work experience. Competition for a place on our vacation scheme is high, so take time to make your application the best it can be and try to stand out from the crowd.

We offer sponsorship for the PGDL/SQE route. Our exclusive provider is the University of Law. We are unable to offer sponsorship via any other academic provider. For non-law graduates, we mandate the PGDL/SQE route, and with respect to the SQE we mandate the LLM legal practice course. Unfortunately are unable to reimburse course fees retrospectively for any courses already completed prior to receiving an offer from Fladgate.

We also offer an additional maintenance loan of £6,000 (London) or £5,000 (regional).

Our exclusive provider is the University of Law, Moorgate. We will however show flexibility where London is not a feasible location due to personal circumstances. If you are already enrolled with another course provider, upon acceptance of our offer we would ask that you contact the course liaison officer and request to be removed from their programme. We will then provide you with all the necessary information to get you enrolled with the University of Law.

Yes, you can study the SQE part time if you are able to complete the course by the specified start date with us. Any maintenance loan will be expected to cover the duration of your course(s).

While we accept applications from all nationalities, unfortunately we do not offer visa sponsorship and would expect candidates to provide proof of their eligibility to work in the UK before joining us.

We update our website regularly with vacancies and would encourage applicants to apply for paralegal roles regardless of the outcome of their training contract application.

Yes you can! We will contact candidates individually to confirm if you have been successful / unsuccessful in your application but you can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter for regular updates regarding dates, deadlines, useful articles, blog posts and Fladgate social activities.

We are very keen to keep in touch with all of our future trainees prior to you joining us. We host many events throughout the year and regularly offer opportunities to meet our current trainees and NQs.

We plan a full induction programme to get you up to speed. We ease you in gently with a ‘who’s who’ of the departments and support teams as well as taking you on a tour of the building to get your bearings.

You will meet with our training principal, as well as your first seat supervisor who will guide you through what you can expect from your training contract as well as what will be expected of you as a first year trainee.

We also have a very active social calendar. Our second year trainees take the new joiners out for lunch on their first day and impart some words of wisdom for the annual Fladgate treasure hunt which you will be arranging (this is now infamous within the firm…no pressure!).

Our core seats are within corporate, real estate, dispute resolution and finance, funds and regulatory.

We will always take into consideration your personal preference when deciding on your remaining seat, which can either be a repeat of an old favourite or in one of our more specialist areas such as employment or CSI. This is of course always dependent on a business need and circumstances at the time.

A training contract with Fladgate is not about sitting at your desk all day. We actively encourage employees of all levels to further themselves in both personal and professional development. We regularly hold “lunch and learn” sessions attended by entire departments (including partners) with both internal and external speakers discussing hot topics and legislative updates. We also have fantastic IT training with LTC4 qualifications becoming compulsory across the business.

Externally, all of our trainees attend the Professional Skills Course which covers the practical application of your legal skills in a working environment.

While some of our clients are large FTSE 250 companies, many are entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and as such we do not offer secondments during your training contract. We have a fantastic team of partners and PSLs on hand to offer you the best training and top quality work right here at our offices.

Formal appraisals take place every three months (mid and end of seat). However, we like to maintain dialogue and operate a very ‘open door’ policy when it comes to supporting and encouraging our trainees. Feedback is not just a one way process; we like to hear from you too!

Absolutely! While we do not have international offices, over 40% of our revenue is from international work and many of our lawyers utilise their language skills regularly. We currently have 26+ languages spoken at Fladgate.

Our training contract

What We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive sponsorship package to our trainees who have yet to undertake the PGDL and/or SQE. We will pay the course fees of all our future students who study with our exclusive training partner the University of Law (ULaw) for the PGDL and/or the SQE. We will also provide a maintenance loan of £6,000 per annum for studying the course(s) in London and £5,000 per annum for studying the course(s) outside of London. The maintenance loan is repaid during the training contract.

We also offer a competitive salary plus benefits as follows:

  • Holiday: 26 days

  • Life assurance

  • Staff introduction bonus

  • New business bonus

  • Group income protection scheme

  • Interest-free season ticket loan

  • Interest-free sports club loan

  • Free in-house weekly personal training sessions

  • Private medical scheme

  • Group personal pension scheme

The Training Programme:

The programme includes:

  • A comprehensive induction programme.

  • Seminars and practical workshops on basic and advanced legal skills during each of your four seats. This includes, in the first few weeks of each seat, three or four sessions on the topics you will come across most often, with a step by step guide to drafting relevant documents.

  • Invitations to attend all other departmental meetings and training sessions as well as training sessions within the department where you are sitting.

  • On-the-job training. You will work on a variety of deals both large and small. Where possible you will deal direct with the client and be given every opportunity to develop your drafting and negotiating skills in real life situations.

  • A Professional Skills Course that will be undertaken externally and we pay for.


All Fladgate sponsored LPC students study the LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management at ULaw. The electives you are required to undertake are:

  • Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice

Please note that from 2024, Fladgate will no longer sponsor the GDL/LPC route, unless in exceptional circumstances. All Fladgate sponsored SQE students will study the LLM Legal Practice at ULaw.

Our Location

Fladgate is based in attractive modern offices in Covent Garden. Our lawyers and staff enjoy a friendly and professional working environment with impressive client facilities, first-class technology and research resources and a culture built on collaboration and relentless client focus.

How can we partner with you?

Fladgate has always been structured around deep relationships, creating true partnerships with clients.