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Trainee Solicitor

Salary £Competitive
Location Guildford
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This is a Temporary, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Moore Barlow is currently seeking applications from current students interested in joining our 2025 Trainee Programme. 

More About our Trainee Scheme

Applications for our 2025 trainee intake open on 13th January 2023 and the deadline for receipt of applications is 16th April 2023

Our recruitment process begins after the application deadline when all applications are considered. 

We are looking for trainee solicitors who have come through via the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) route or have studied the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


You will rotate training seats across a number of our divisions. This application process is designed for people most interested in building a career in the Guildford/Surrey area on completion of their training. 

SQE – Qualifying Work Experience

This new route began in September 2021. It will soon be the only way to qualify as a solicitor. Your qualifying work experience will cover a period of up to two years.

For both the SQE and the traditional LPC route your training will typically be organised across four seats, each lasting six months. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas of law and there is the possibility, depending on the needs of the business, to specialise  early on in your training within the practice areas that interest you most.

Training contract

We are still accepting graduates who have studied the LPC. Training with us gives you the opportunity to work right across the business, experiencing the full range of legal disciplines we cover.

As with the SQE route you will benefit from a structured programme designed to provide you with the right experience, education, hands on involvement and support to prepare you for your career following qualification.

Why consider us for your training?

We offer trainees experience in a variety of work, including:

  • Four seats from across seven different divisions
  • Experience of on the ground legal work; including court attendance, client meetings and document drafting
  • Early responsibility and ownership
  • Working with lawyers who are experts in their field

What do we look for in our trainees?

When recruiting trainees, we identify candidates who have the potential to become partners. Ours is a long-term commitment, during which you will be given every opportunity to excel.

If you have the characteristics we are looking for, we will provide the environment, encouragement and opportunities for you to flourish both personally and professionally. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

If you are commercially aware, have a positive approach to business development, have an excellent academic track record and are self-motivated, then Moore Barlow is the firm where you can thrive and make a difference in the world.

As a leading law firm, we look to recruit talented individuals and offer places to those who can demonstrate the qualities we seek.. We have a drive to grow organically, therefore we aim to offer a permanent position at the end of your training period

When we recruit trainees, we value and encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here is what we look for:

  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, an eagerness for new challenges and to make a difference in the world
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • A strong commitment to academic studies*
  • Confidence
  • Flexibility
  • Good people and team working skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Analytical ability and excellent research skills
  • Good time management and organisational skills

(*We recognise that all people are different and we place importance around team-fit above pure academics.)

We also look for individuals who share our values; and we will ask you about what these values mean to you in your interview.

We believe that investing in our people will help us deliver the very best service to our clients  . Our culture is open, diverse and inclusive; it’s an environment of belonging, where people can thrive and be the best version of themselves. We strive to nurture our people and offer enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable careers. This includes providing the best training, great pay and rewards, and a good work-life balance.

We are inspired by people who want to make a meaningful difference. As an employee, it’s important to understand the strategic direction of the firm, and your role in helping to achieve it. We encourage our people to be open about their ideas and views and to tell us what they think. Everyone at Moore Barlow has a part to play in our success.

How To Apply:

Please click the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin your application. You will be asked to complete a short application form, and if you have a CV, we will ask you to upload this document. 

We are Moore Barlow, a top regional career law firm with a simple mission – to make a difference.

We support our clients and the communities we help through providing outstanding legal services with empathy and expertise. A full service law firm, we support these core client groups: Individuals & Families, Entrepreneurial Businesses & Organisations and Personal/Catastrophic Injury & Medical Negligence.

We are passionate about making a difference to our people, their careers and care deeply about their experience at work. Moore Barlow aims to be recognised as the best career law firm to work for. This means that we care as much about your career as you do. So whether you join us early in your career, in one of our outstanding business support functions or are continuing an already rich career in law, you’ll find Moore Barlow a great place to further build your experience.

With numerous top-tier rankings in law, exceptional quality of work and named a Times Top 100 best law firm to work for, we have big plans. We are seeking passionate, human-focused individuals like you as we continue to grow. With over 450 dedicated professionals including 70 Partners and 272 Lawyers, Moore Barlow offers substantial opportunity for further advancement and personal development.

What we can offer

Our culture is open, diverse and inclusive and we look for likeminded individuals who recognise that it’s this individuality that allows us to be truly different to other firms. Everything we do is underpinned by the Moore Barlow Way, which is a set of values and principles to ensure consistency of experience no matter which team you work within.

As a true career firm, we seek to reward the great work our people undertake with continued personal development opportunities. We have big plans for growth, and we see that this creates extensive opportunity for our people as we move towards our long-term ambitions.

In most of our roles, we are also open to supporting hybrid, flexible working and different work patterns. What you do outside of work is as important as your time inside of work – and we want to strike the right balance for both the individual and the firm.

We also offer great benefits including 28 days’ annual leave, private medical insurance, income protection, life assurance, firmwide bonus scheme and a generous pension scheme.

If you’re seeking to join a firm that seeks to provide a personal and highly engaging place to work – we are confident that you’ll find this at Moore Barlow.



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