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Responsibility:
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Work Life Balance:
3.7/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
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2.9/5
 
Company Culture:
3.7/5
 
Career Progression:
3.3/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
3.6/5
 
Enjoyment:
4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Application Advice:

Be yourself, clear concise answers, know what your reasons are for wanting this job, why you fit and what your strengths are.

Interview Advice:

Try and relax!

Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Always triple check your application, and get someone to read over it for you. Attention to detail is crucial. Try to think of different examples for the skills/experience questions as this will show that you are a well-rounded individual.

Interview Advice:

Always re-read your application going into the interview, and don't be afraid to be yourself. Try to remain as calm as possible, and let your personality shine through. Don't forget that people will want to see what you do outside of academics/work.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm, and get up to date with the cases that the firm is working on - they have a big social media profile so use that as the source for information.

Interview Advice:

Try to get as much work/life experience as you can, and relate anything from anywhere to the compentency-based questions.

Otherwise, try to relax and chat to the interviewers - they always bring out the partners for interviewing and they are all lovely without exception.

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Application Advice:

Read the application forms carefully and make sure you answer the questions (and avoid silly mistakes).

Interview Advice:

Think about why you are interested in that particular firm. It's good to focus on their practice areas and market reputation.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand the niche work that Irwin Mitchell does.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be open, be candid.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the firm. The firm is very pro-women so worth talking about equality in the workplace. It is also very proud of its charity so mention this too.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, build a rapport with your interviewer because they are looking not only for good candidates but people they work with. I interviewed for PLS which is probably very different from BLS. We spoke about feminism for most of the interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury – Abuse at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be meticulous with checking what you write in your application. Try to create a story; an explanation as to how you got here and where you want to go.

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself - but the best version of yourself!

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Application Advice:

Having applied for a training contract for four consecutive years before being successful, I would say be patient and persistent. Another huge factor to my eventual success was to gain the relevant work experience as this allowed me to evidence that I could 'walk the walk' as opposed to just trying to convince recruiters through a written application.

Interview Advice:

Interview questions were a mix between getting to know you as a candidate (what drives you, likes, dislikes, etc.) and skills/competency based questions. For the former, be yourself. The interviewers don't want to trip you up (it's in nobody's interest for them to do this) so don't try to be someone you are not. For the latter, it is useful to have stock examples of your hobbies, work experiences, charity involvement, other that display how you have achieved and displayed these skills.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be as detailed as possible and use experiences to draw out skills. Do as much as possible to put on your CV.

Interview Advice:

General competency questions. Research the firm well.

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Application Advice:

Get some work experience, of any type, even if it's volunteering - the ability to demonstrate how you have used skills, rather than just saying that you have them, is invaluable in interview exercises.
Otherwise, tailor the application to Irwin Mitchell. Read about some of their cases that interest you, or refer to something that the firm has been involved in. This will show that your application is not generic.

Interview Advice:

Please demonstrate how you have dealt with difficult customers/clients?

Please detail a dilemma where you have had to make a decision that negatively impacted somebody. Why did you choose the option that you did?

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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly, do not complete the application 'half-heartedly'.
Ensure that not only is the firm right for you but you are right for the firm - check the type of work offered, the working environment, the culture - do these appeal to you?

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Read your application through before submitting it.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Really take your time. Draft your application, walk away from it for a few days and then come back to it at a later date for a re-read.

Understand the firm's values because this is a big part of the application process and forms the basis of the assessment tasks.

Interview Advice:

Most of the questions asked were competency based, i.e. "give an example of a time when..."
Make sure you have a number of these prepared and ready to go which cover a wide variety of situations such as teamwork, ingenuity and independence, etc.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Be passionate about the brand and do your research on the firm, culture and values. Only apply if you really want to work here and know the reasons for wanting to work here. Be friendly, polite and courteous to everyone you meet when you visit the office, including security, reception and HR.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and be yourself - you are more likely to fit in and enjoy yourself in the long run if you are honest! Prepare in advance - consider new developments in the law and research areas that this firm is interested in e.g. if applying to PLS, look at fixed costs, DOLS, etc. If BLS, look at Brexit. I was asked lots of questions about team work because this office is a team environment. Think of examples of where you have worked well in a team and consider in advance what strengths you can bring.

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Application Advice:

To check applications thoroughly, draw on particular experiences to highlight skills and get as many different experiences as possible to talk about.

Interview Advice:

General competency questions.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Get someone else to check your application; they will pick up mistakes that you might not see as you have checked it multiple times already.
Try to be as concise as possible in your answers.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself at the interview, rather than what you think the partners want you to be.

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Application Advice:

Stand out, show off your experience both in law and outside of law.

Interview Advice:

Let your personality come out as this, coupled with the package of skills required of a trainee solicitor, will show recruiters that you will fit into the company.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Show your personality in your application, they want to know about you as a person outside of law and academia. IM want to hire interesting individuals who can be made into good lawyers.

Interview Advice:

Same as above

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Take the time to research the firm inside out before you apply. There are a lot of things about IM that are very different to traditional law firms, and if you are not aware of this, it is likely to show.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly, enthusiastic and try to relax. Being confident that you have researched everything about the firm beforehand is likely to help with this. People hire people that they would like to work with, so don't be pushy or overbearing in the group exercise but also make sure that you stand your ground in a confident, professional way.

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the company thoroughly, look into its values, its working environment, the type of work it carries out and the client it carries it out for. Then think about the type of firm you wish to work for and see if the two marry up. A training contract application is not just about a firm choosing its trainees, but also a future trainee selecting the right firm. In order to make the most of the training contract, you want both.

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly, be able to answer competency questions and research the firm well. Know your application and CV inside out but most importantly try to relax once you are in the interview. There will have been over a thousand applicants, and only a small percentage are interviewed, so to get to this stage, you are the type of candidate the firm is looking for.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the firm and apply your own experience to what the firm specialises in.

Interview Advice:

Show that you can work well within a team and that you care about social issues as the firm is very charitable and is keen to provide an increasingly personal level of client care.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury and Abuse at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make your application stand out from the crowd. It is easy to say, but make sure you are yourself. Try and include details which are likely to enable the employers to remember you.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and enthusiastic. Try not to give up when obstacles are put in your way, or if the interview seems challenging. It is designed to challenge you and to see how you react to pressure.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be meticulous with your application. Attention to detail is critical, as is a clear explanation as to why you are applying to IM.

Interview Advice:

Be the best version of "you"!

Trainee, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

The best thing to do is to try and gain as much work experience as possible. Irwin Mitchell offers short placement schemes which are a great way to experience the company and see whether it is somewhere you would like to work. The firm recruits a lot of its trainees through these schemes.

Interview Advice:

The key thing is to really know why you want to work here. Don't just say the ordinary 'I want to work for a good firm', try to pinpoint exactly what makes IM different and why that would suit you and what you have to offer the firm. I looked a lot at the future of the legal industry to demonstrate my wider knowledge of the sector. Try and research the values of the firm and include these in your application/interview beside skills/activities you have done which reflect each value. Try not to be too contrived when doing this though!

Trainee Solicitor, Public Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

From the moment you sit down to complete the very first line of the application form, show attention to detail.
Be able to demonstrate that you have researched specifics regarding the firm, the role and what will be expected of you. Approach your application with the focus and passion you will be expected to carry into the role. If you choose not to do this, you will not be selected over those who will go the extra mile to do so.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Take time on your application - don't simply copy and paste it but tailor it to the firm's core values which are clear from the website/other literature.

Interview Advice:

Consider a lot of competency question/answers i.e. when have you worked well as a team / when have you shown leadership skills / when have you had to deal with a difficult person etc. etc. - I was asked these sorts of questions in the telephone interview and in a face to face interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be true to yourself. The firm seems to favour individuals with a personality.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate your client care skills and understanding of the ever evolving legal market - particularly for the personal injury side of the business.

Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Know your competencies and make sure you have researched the firm.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you know your application form.

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Application Advice:

Know the firm better than the people that work there - do your research.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you have thoroughly researched the firm and understand the kind of work that it does (not just personal injury). Also, understand as much about yourself, your personal motivations and your experience as you can. This will enable you to show why you match the firm's values and expectations for a trainee.

Interview Advice:

Same as the above.

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Interview Advice:

Have some commercial awareness - you may get asked a business question relating to a specific scenario and you need to be aware of what the best outcomes for your client would be.

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do it early and make sure you understand that you apply for either a Personal Legal Services TC or a Business Legal Services TC at the beginning of the application process.

Interview Advice:

Be confident to talk about you and what you have achieved but be able to relate this to why you have decided to apply to Irwin Mitchell and what your experience and skills will bring to Irwin Mitchell and their clients.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be honest and don't exaggerate as you may be questioned on it in your interview.

Interview Advice:

Try to give different examples and answers to questions than you have given in your application form.

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm that you want to apply to and make sure that law is the right career for you. Many people get an impression as to what law might be like at university and the GDL, but practical law is a very different thing.

Interview Advice:

Prepare, prepare, prepare! The firms is focused on its core values and wants to see applicants that embody them.

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Show enthusiasm for the firm as a whole. One of the greatest aspects of working here is the social responsibility and diversity of work. It was a huge draw for me and I didn't even appreciate how important it is until I started working here. There are tons of opportunities to contribute once you start, so make sure you show your willingness to do so.

Interview Advice:

There was some good cop/bad cop type interview techniques, but just make sure to keep your cool and address each question individually.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, research the firm well, know why you want this particular firm.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly - they are looking for people who will fit with the culture and ethos of the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, the legal profession is intense, with long hours and intellectual demands. If you aren't yourself you'll be miserable. If you find a firm which accepts you as a person and on a personal level run with it - it's a great career.

Interview Advice:

Be passionate and question your interviewer. If you want to say something to counter act what they have said do so but be prepared to debate.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal legal services (Family Law) at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Irwin Mitchell is a pioneering and unique law firm and I would encourage all applicants to research the company thoroughly and to identify initiatives that they can relate to.

This will show dedication to the firm and will also provide an insight into your interests.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and have multiple scenarios question answers ready.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be sure that this is definitely the career for you and be able to explain why. If possible, try to get some work experience at the firm before applying for the Training Contract.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm well and be sure that you can comfortably answer common questions e.g. why do you want to work here, why do you want to work in this particular area of law, discuss one of our recently publicised cases. Firms want to see that you genuinely want to work there and so you need to be able to explain why. Although try not to appear too scripted like you have just learnt exactly what is on the firm's website.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Proof read your application.

Interview Advice:

Read up on competency based questions.

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Application Advice:

Research what the firm does and any recent examples of its work in the news. Also, make sure that your personality shines through in your application and any interviews that you have. That will set you apart from other applicants.

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to be a lawyer?
Why do you want to join Irwin Mitchell?
What could you bring to Irwin Mitchell?

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Sell yourself - don't be shy! Show us how you are perfect for the job. Make us want you!

Interview Advice:

Preparation is key!

Trainee, PI at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and work on commercial awareness.

Interview Advice:

Keep up to date with recent news and commercial issues so you feel relaxed about them if asked at interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application so that it highlights your skills applicable to the firm's main practice areas.

Interview Advice:

Understand the firm's business development moves over the year before you apply.

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Application Advice:

Ensure that you do something to stand out such as working with charities or businesses to develop and assist them in their growth.

Interview Advice:

Think of examples of where you have demonstrated team building skills, something you could improve on but turn it into a positive.

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be concise

Interview Advice:

Be concise and have examples to strengthen points.

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Application Advice:

- Think clearly about the type of work that Irwin Mitchell offers and whether you are more suited to PLS or BLS work.
- Be open to the idea of doing paralegal work, it is a good way to get into the firm and prepares you well for a training contract.
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Interview Advice:

- Make sure that you are comfortable with the video interview process - maybe practice first!

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Application Advice:

Ensure that you have a hobby or are currently involved in a position of responsibility outside work which makes you stand out on your application.

Interview Advice:

Be confident in your abilities and it will really come through and the interviewers will believe in you.

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Application Advice:

Know what the firm stands for i.e. values and culture. The firm is incredibly driven by this culture throughout all aspects of the business

Interview Advice:

Show that you are team player and want to belong to a firm that stands for cameraderie

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Application Advice:

Be yourself

Interview Advice:

A lot of competency based questions

Trainee, Commercial at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm to ensure that our specialised work and unique training contract format are the right fit for you.

Interview Advice:

Try to relax and enjoy it.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Show why you're pasisonate about the firm.

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Application Advice:

Let your personality shine through

Interview Advice:

Similarly let your personality shine through

Trainee Solicitor, Product Liability at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm well, make sure your application demonstrates how your qualities/skills fit those desired by the firm. Demonstrate where you've been involved with charity and wider community events and causes.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you've researched the firm well. Have examples to demonstrate the qualities that you state you have. Be down to earth, and demonstrate that you are a people-person.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be sure it is in an area of law that you want to go into as it is very competitive and Irwin Mitchell is a very sought after firm.

Interview Advice:

Do your research into the firm and what legal cases involve, such as, limitation, details that are needed from clients.

Do your research on the people working at the firm so if you do have an interview you know who you are facing and you know about their interests and job.

Have questions to ask, which are not on the website.

Trainee Solicitor, Clinical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make it interesting and personal to you - what will they remember you for?

Interview Advice:

Listen to the question carefully and take your time.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Double check for typos and spelling mistakes. Then ask someone else to check.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and show that you can think on your feet.

Trainee Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you tailor application to the work that IM does - it is specialist so make sure your application reflects that.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, be yourself, show your enthusiasm for the work IM does

Solicitor, Medical Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Second guess what a graduate recruiter will want to hear, not what a lawyer wants to hear. You have to jump certain hurdles and tick certain boxes first before you even reach someone who fully understands your career aspirations (because they have succeeded in the role already).

Interview Advice:

Don't worry about being asked legal questions. It's all about hoop jumping and coming up with answers to questions about 'team work' and 'personal goals' and 'overcoming challenges'. Many people make up their examples to these questions or exaggerate their experience significantly. Insert buzz words where appropriate. Invest in a thesaurus.

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Application Advice:

Research the whole of IM
Take note of those influential parnters as they may be interviewing you
Get out and do things in your community, learn a language, travel - they are all appealing to IM

Trainee, Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Ensure you are interested in the area of work you are looking to go into and are able to demonstrate why

Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Applicants should take their time and review their application a number of times before submitting. Applicants should ensure that they have researched the firm thoroughly and make a note of recent activity the firm has had in the market.

Interview Advice:

See above.

Trainee Solicitor, Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you proof read, proof read, proof read. We get so many applications that limiting them on spelling or punctuation is an easy first cut.

Interview Advice:

Think practically as well as legally. Yes this is what the law says, but what does that actually mean for your client and in commercially what will be there best option.

Trainee Solicitor, Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm's core values really well because they are key to everything the firm does

Trainee, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and especially the values and the ethos.

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Application Advice:

Show ability and interest beyond acedemics and the law - this is a firm that doesn't have a 'type' but is looking for people who are passionate, with good people skills and personality.

Interview Advice:

I was asked competency based questions with one question on current affairs at the initial telephone interview. At the assessment day I was then asked a wide range of competency questions as well as personal questions to better get to know me and my interest in the area that I was applying for. The final interview with a partner was completely dependent on the style of the person conducting the interview.

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Application Advice:

Demonstrate good people skills and highlight areas of experience that make you stand out from the crowd, such as charity work, pro bono or previous non-law jobs.

Interview Advice:

Always ask interesting and relevant questions.

Trainee Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be passionate about what you do.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury and Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Never lose an opportunity to sell yourself. Try to appear well-rounded and interesting. Get as much work experience - in all different fields - as you can.

Interview Advice:

Very heavily competency-based - ensure you prepare comprehensive answers to competency questions

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate and Transactions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Try and get legal experience to put on your application form, even if it is voluntary such as the citizens advice bureau. Taking part in charity and pro bono work is also important.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you know the firm, such as why it is an Alternative Business Structure, the recent deals it has been involved in, our competitors and key clients.

Trainee Solicitor, Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your reasearch and get to know the firm, there is a lot of information out there so no excuse for not being fully aware of how the firm is changing and developing. Be open minded about your seat choices, you are unlikely to get every seat that you ask for but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have enjoyed the seats I have been allocated despite not getting those I had hoped for. Being flexible is really important so don't go into any application being too rigid about what you want to do.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well, competency questions are prevailant, be nice to everyone from the moment you enter the building and try to stand out. If your examples sound standard to you then they definitely will to the assessors. Try not to be too nervous, all the staff involved in the assessment process started in the same position and they aren't that scary really.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know the firm. Research the firm, make sure they are right for you. Be completely yourself on your application; your personality and flair may be a factor why they want you as a trainee.

Check your application thoroughly and do not rush it.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Be prepared to act as a team in the interview process. Be confident.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the company well and understand it's aims and intentions. It's not a standard old fashioned law firm!

Solicitor, Medical Law and Patient Rights at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be confident, assertive and know your career goals.

Interview Advice:

Reason why you chose law, positions of responsiblity, explain commercial salary.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you have different experiences of communicating with a wide variety of people and developing other skills essential to the role of a trainee solicitor. For each question on the application requiring examples of a skill, use a different experience to demonstrate that skill.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm and your area of interest prior to your interview. During the interview maintain good eye contact and demonstrate that you are a team player.

Trainee Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you research the firm well first and know what work we do; really focus in on PLS or BLS - the two sides of the business don't really work together, so you will need to be firmly in one camp or the other; don't be put off if you are coming from an unconventional background - candidates who have come straight from university/law school (like me) seem to be in the minority.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you are well-prepared and have thought about your motivations. Make sure you also have a think about your CV and how you can demonstrate certain key skills from your experience. My final training contract interview on the vacation scheme felt rather informal although I was asked lots of questions.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Look at the key skills and responsibilities desired and chose interesting examples of how you have them.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm you are applying to.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know why you want to apply to this firm and why you think you will be a valuable employee.

Interview Advice:

Knowledge about the current reforms and challenges of working in legal practice is probably more important now than it ever has been.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly, stay abreast of changes in the legal industry and think carefully about the stream you apply to - is it definitely the right fit for you?

Interview Advice:

Don't be cocky, know your stuff and make sure you can back up anything you've put on your application with examples.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

I would find out as much as you can about the firm and find out if you like the firm before you apply. If you do then I would emphasise what it is that you like about the firm and this will show your genuine enthusiasm and that you are a good match for the firm.

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly, if you fail to prepare then you prepare to fail!

Trainee Solicitor, Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Check your application thoroughly and tailor it specifically to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and answer honestly.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself, if you are right for the firm and the firm is right for you you will get the job!

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you fully research the area of law that you want to work in. Irwin Mitchell streamlines its training contracts into Personal Legal Services and Business Legal Services.

Interview Advice:

Mostly based on the online application - so make sure you remember what you put in the application and be prepared to expand on any aspects you covered!

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Law and Patients’ Rights (Clinical Negligence) at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and include things which make you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice:

Think of a lot of competency based scenarios you have been in and how you have used different skills to excel in each situation.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Keep your answers clear and honest, draw on all of your experiences. The examples don't have to be anything fancy or extravagant; just something which really demonstrates the skill they are asking about.

Interview Advice:

Questions I was asked include:
1. Tell us about something you are really proud of;
2. Tell us about a time you lead a team; and
3. Tell us about a time when you took on extra responsibility.

Trainee Solicitor, Property Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Spend a lot of time on your application, try to think of answers other people would not have given (e.g. for demonstrating your team-working skills, try to think of something other than group coursework at university), and get someone else to check your application for typos etc before submitting it!

Interview Advice:

Research the firm and make sure that you truly want to work here and are passionate about the area of law you are applying for - genuine enthusiasm comes through at interviews and greatly increases your chances.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Law and Patients’ Rights at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research! There is nothing worse then someone fishing for information that is easily learnt from the website.

Interview Advice:

Be original and explain your skills in real life settings.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be honest.

Demonstrate any skills you have from the experience you have had throughout your time at university/other job roles.

Think about what you will bring to the firm and how that will benefit it.

Interview Advice:

Speak clearly and provide examples of skills you say you have.

Ask for a moment to think if you need it rather than launch into a response which may not be appropriate/answering the question.

Trainee solicitor, Clinical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Proof read/ get someone else to proof read your application! Research the firms you are applying to properly.

Interview Advice:

Be your-(slightly more conservative than usual)-self. The interviewers will be experienced enough to know if you are presenting a front!

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm and make sure you can explain why you want to work in a particular field/department

Interview Advice:

Answer the question asked, don't waffle

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you have meaningful experiences in life other than academia.

Interview Advice:

Make eye contact and be confident. Prepare well for the questions you are likely to be asked and research the firm and the role you are interviewing for.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

They are genuinely trying to make a difference - IM was one of the first firms to really push rehabilitation as part of the personal injury litigation process, for example, which makes a massive change to people's lives.

Worst:

Training Contract process leaves trainees with no guarantee of where they will be in the second year, let alone whether an NQ position will be there.

Court of Protection / Contentious Trusts and Probate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Colleagues, work/life balance, socialising, work quality.

Worst:

Remuneration and benefits.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Work/life balance.

Worst:

Salaries.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury – Abuse at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Friendly colleagues.

Worst:

Low pay for long hours.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Generally a very relaxed place to work and this allows me to have a good work/life balance.

Worst:

Some teams can be cliquey which is always quite intimidating as a new starter.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Friendly atmosphere and work environment. Interesting and challenging work.

Worst:

Can be stressful and long hours.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Level of responsibility, trainee supervision.

Worst:

No canteen.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The open plan office with sofa seats, break out areas and quiet rooms, Friday Night Pub Club, my colleagues, the responsibility and client contact.

Worst:

Not knowing the direction the company is going in.

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Best:

The work/life balance and general friendly nature.

Worst:

The NQ recruitment process.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Leader in field, listens to employees and implements ideas on how to improve the working life, good work/life balance.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The people, the location, the clients, the work.

Worst:

Career opportunities, work/life balance, pay.

Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Office environment.

Worst:

A lot of people leaving recently.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The culture, the level of work, the level of responsibility given to lower level staff.

Worst:

The lack of flexibility for trainee seats which are based on business need.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The firm looks after its staff really well and you feel appreciated and rewarded as an employee.

Worst:

Uncertainty about qualification positions and the lower salary in PLS than BLS once qualified.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Friendly. Attract excellent work. They make the effort to try and make employees feel appreciated through bi-monthly drinks and quarterly staff lunches.

Worst:

The pay is below market.

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The people I work with and the reasonable working hours.

Worst:

Pay grades after the initial qualification salary are unclear.

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury and Abuse at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

National firm.

Worst:

Having to move around the offices.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Innovative and forward thinking; excellent marketing.

Worst:

Not the best pay.

Trainee, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Its reputation is fantastic. It is also a very progressive firm in terms of future planning; it is unique in that it has both business and personal practices, allowing for a law firm which can provide a huge range of services. The firm also engages in social responsibility a lot and encourages all its staff to be involved in things such as sponsored cycles, bake sales and even sky-diving!

Worst:

It is competitive to get a job at the firm. However, this is reflective of what a great place it is to work. As with any firm, the work can be demanding but in general work/life balance is maintained.

Trainee Solicitor, Public Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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