Trainee Recruitment

Wilkes is a dynamic, ambitious and client-focused commercial firm. We recognise and embrace intellectual ability, but we are also looking for ambitious, creative people with problem solving skills who will be eager to assume early responsibility and contact with clients in a genuinely supportive environment.

Our aim is to select high quality individuals with realistic potential to become excellent qualified solicitors and, ultimately, partners.

We offer a two-year training contract made up of four six-month seats in the following areas:

  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Business Recovery
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Property & Probate Litigation
  • Private Client

All of our trainees are encouraged to take part in the ongoing qualified development training programme offered to our professional staff.

We welcome applications from individuals who have obtained a minimum of ABB at A Level and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 classification at degree level.

If you have any queries about a training contract with the Wilkes Partnership or the application process, please contact our Trainee Recruitment Partner, Kate Hackett ( Alternatively, if you would like to ask one of our trainees a question, please contact Charlotte Lines (

Applications for training contracts commencing in 2020 are now closed. If you would like to apply for 2021 positions please follow the steps below.

To apply, please click the “Download an Application Form” button below. Completed forms should be sent to and

Please be sure on opening the form to “save as” on your desktop or device of your preference.

The Wilkes Partnership embraces the principle of equal opportunities in employment. As part of our monitoring procedure, it would be helpful if you would complete the Equality Monitoring Information Form and return it with your application. Recruitment, promotion and career development are based solely on objective and job-related criteria.




“The Wilkes Partnership is ideal for those who are seeking an ‘excellent range of work and a ‘wide client base’…..”

“The office boasts a fantastic ‘community culture’, along with ‘friendly’ fee-earners who are ‘always prepared to give you their time’…..”

“This ‘supportive environment’ ensures that trainees ‘feel settled and part of the team’ from the get-go, which will suit those who might find it daunting to tackle ‘plenty of real legal work’ and stacks of responsibility…..”

“Trainee highlights have included ‘running a fee-earner’s files’, ‘attending court’ and ‘completing on a property sale’…..”.

“……many believe that their ‘hands-on training contract’ ‘prepares them for life as a solicitor’…..”

“…..trainees can look forward to ‘client exposure early on’, thanks to the firm’s hands-on approach to training….”

“…..the presence of ‘friendly and approachable’ lawyers means that help is always available…..”

“The ‘very good work/life balance’ does much to impress…..”

“…..the Wilkes Partnership is highly-praised as an ‘expanding’ commercial firm, where you will be rewarded with good responsibility and client contact…..”