All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Irwin Mitchell LLP employees based on 226 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.5/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.9/5
 
Benefits:
3.1/5
 
Company Culture:
4/5
 
Career Progression:
3.6/5
 
Colleagues:
4.3/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
4.1/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

We’re legal experts with a difference.

We’re more than just a law firm – we’re a group of like-minded, friendly people working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

As well as offering a full-range of legal services to individuals and businesses, we also support people with their financial planning, wealth, and asset management. We work with our clients, and take the time to understand what matters most to them. We call it ‘expert hand, human touch’.

We focus on what really matters, our clients, colleagues and communities.

 

Early Careers Opportunities

We offer training contracts and apprenticeships across 11 of our UK offices.

Training Contracts are for two years and consist of 4 x 6 month seats in different departments covering our personal legal services or business legal services.  Please see our online brochure for further details regarding which departments are available in our different locations.  We offer a formal Legal Work Placement over the summer for those students who are 2nd year law or 3rd year non-law.  We increasingly look to make offers to this group of candidates therefore for a chance to show your skills and work with our solicitors we encourage students to apply for our placement.

Our apprenticeships are varied and can cover paralegal, business admin, finance and other apprenticeship schemes.  Roles are advertised on our website so please click on the Careers section for more information.

Whatever role you are in you will be supported from day one with training and guidance from your supervisor and the team around you.  We value you for who you are and what you bring to Irwin Mitchell.

 

 


Industry: Law Department: Various Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Family Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Colleagues, work

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Client contact

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Industry: Law Department: Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Personal Legal Services Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Varied work, client contact and responsibility from the start.

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Industry: Law Department: Family Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Great work life balance
- Very varied work and seat opportunities
- A lot of responsibility from early stage
- Interesting cases
- Top tier in many areas of the firm
- Great colleagues and management
- Extra-curricular opportunities

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Industry: Law Department: Construction and Engineering Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people are fabulous and the work is usually very interesting. There is a huge variety of work across diverse teams and there are disputes and transactions from relatively small amounts of money up to very significant sums.
Work/life balance is excellent and support for diversity and disability absolutely outstanding.

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Industry: Law Department: Tax, Trusts and Estates Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Public Law and Human Rights Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work with a wide variety of clients and people
Opportunity to feel like you are creating positive change through cases
Opportunity to work on ground breaking cases
Very supportive team
Fast paced

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Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The work is really interesting and you are constantly learning.

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Industry: Law Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

dealing with different issues, always learning, no two days are the same

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Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The work/life balance is better than most other firms.

I receive stimulating work on a daily basis.

The level of supervision and support I receive excellent.

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Industry: Law Department: Residential Property Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Will Trust and Estate Disputes Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The work I am doing is highly technical and I feel able to give my input and thoughts. I have plenty of opportunity to get involved with new client enquiries which exposes me to the varied work that our team does and has been a great learning experience.

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Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The life changing work that we do obtaining settlements for clients at a very low point in their lives.

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Industry: Law Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

supportive team

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Industry: Law Department: Workplace Illness Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I love my job. My colleagues are amazing - supportive, patient (I am only a few months into my training contract), understanding, friendly, interested in me as a person and not just an employee.

Work/life balance is very important to IM. I very rarely work excessively long hours & have been able to maintain a good home life alongside my work. I do not feel forced to work long hours and am encouraged to maintain my work/life balance by my supervisor and wider team.

Benefits- IM has a great benefits package & rewards package.

Opportunity for progression - IM have excellent reward schemes to notice the hard work their employees put in. Opportunities for promotions and career progression are vast if you work hard.

Stability - as above, if you work hard then IM offers great career stability.

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Industry: Law Department: BLS Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

the people and the culture

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Industry: Law Department: Asbestos Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Colleagues
Work life balance
Opportunities for career progression
Importance that is placed on BD and charity work.

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Industry: Law Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The level of supervision

The people

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Industry: Law Department: Commercial Dispute Resolution Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Real Estate Job Title: Trainee

Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Getting to support solicitors on very interesting cases, getting to engage with expert evidence and interact with vulnerable clients.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Interesting tasks and a wide range of work. Client meetings via MST or zoom.

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Industry: Law Department: Serious Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Various Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Restructuring and Insolvency Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Challenging and stimulating

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Industry: Law Department: Work Place Illness Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Restructuring & Insolvency Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Colleagues

Responsibility / client exposure even in a junior position

Well-respected career

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Industry: Law Department: Public Law Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Interesting work
The people are really lovely and helpful
Good culture regarding the importance of wellbeing

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Industry: Law Department: Restructuring & Insolvency Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Responsibility
Client contact
Work

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Industry: Law Department: Litigation Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Engaging with clients and helping to resolve their problems

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Industry: Law Department: Various Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Great people; interesting work.

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Industry: Law Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Pensions Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work life balance

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Restructuring & Insolvency Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I am trusted to have a high level of client contact which I really enjoy.

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Industry: Law Department: Family Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The People, Commitment to Flexibility

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Industry: Law Department: Serious Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The client focus and the feeling that you are making a difference.

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Industry: Law Department: Personal Legal Services Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Good culture, high profile work, good rewards

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Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The variety of work and amount of responsibility. Work/ life balance is great.

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Industry: Law Department: General Counsel Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people that work here make this firm amazing to work for. Everyone is so friendly and approachable which is reassuring as a trainee.

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Industry: Law Department: Solicitor Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work life balance and good work

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Industry: Law Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Supportive and encouraging colleagues.

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Industry: Law Department: Family Law Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Challenging, interesting, diverse, client contact, responsibility etc.

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Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Banking and Finance (6 month training seat) Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Responsibility to manage certain aspects of matters and communicate with clients despite being junior.

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Industry: Law Department: Medical Law and Patients' Rights Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Clinical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people
The firm's expertise
The firm's culture
The emphasis on charity and fundraising

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Industry: Law Department: Personal Legal Services Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I have been exposed to all sorts of tasks and areas of law which has enabled me to expand on my training and development.

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Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work life balance

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection Job Title: Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The support I have from colleagues and teammates, and how interesting the work itself is.

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Industry: Law Department: Construction Job Title: Trainee

Industry: Law Department: Wills and Probate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Serious Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing about my job is that you get to work with a lot of amazing lawyers who have many years experience in what they do. You get to pick up on their hints and tips as you go along and choose which ways of doing things suit you. Then you start to become your own lawyer and have your own way of doing things, but you have had the opportunity to learn from the best.

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Industry: Law Department: In-house counsel Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Colleagues, level of responsibility, variety of work, work/life balance.

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Industry: Law Department: Commercial Dispute Resolution Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people, the work (the interesting clients) and the high level of training received.

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Industry: Law Department: Banking and Finance Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Supportive working environment where the focus is on developing us as trainees to progress and develop.

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Industry: Law Department: Banking and Finance/Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Engaging, interesting work and a good work/life balance.

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Industry: Law Department: Will Trust and Estate Disputes Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing about my job is the diversity in the workload from day to day and the ethos of the firm which runs through all of the employees.

I enjoy the challenge that each day brings and the training opportunities offered.

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Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law Department: Corporate Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

High level of responsibility.
Intellectually challenging.
Great colleagues.

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Industry: Law Department: Clinical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Great colleagues
Very interesting and challenging work load
Work/Life balance

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Industry: Law Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work life balance
Exciting work
High degree of responsibility

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Industry: Law Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work/life balance
Interesting cases
Perks of the job i.e. benefits packages
Location
The colleagues/partners

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Private Client Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Commercial Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Court of Protection

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Commercial Litigation Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Medical Negligence

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Employment Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Personal Legal Services Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Pensions Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Paralegal Job Title: Trainee

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: BLS Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Personal Legal Services Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Family Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: BLS Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Serious Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Personal legal services (Family Law) Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Solicitor Department: Product Liability Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law, Solicitor Department: Personal Injury Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

Industry: Law, Solicitor Department: Clinical Negligence Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

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Industry: Law Department: Family

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The team that I work with are very helpful and work with me to help develop my skills.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The range of work
Training
Good management

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Industry: Law Department: Tax, Trust and Estates

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The firm are really flexible for example in the ways we work, whether we wish to work from home certain days etc. We have great benefits such as bonuses and the firm are always eager to train you and are extremely supportive.

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Industry: Law Department: IT

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Excellent work/life balance & flexibility to alter times if necessary
- Support is available
- Friendly colleagues

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Industry: Law Department: Family

What are the best and worst things about your job?

My colleagues are fabulous and always happy to help and explain. I have learnt and continue to learn so much from my colleagues.

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Industry: Law Department: Residential

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The support I receive from other members of the team.

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Industry: Law Department: Medical negligence

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Good team to work in and I have a lot of responsibility running my own cases. The company is very helpful and checks on my wellbeing.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

It is rewarding to help your clients with their day-to-day lives.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing about my job is that it is rewarding, seeing and helping clients and getting the best outcome for them is amazing.

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Industry: Law Department: Personal injury

What are the best and worst things about your job?

the type of work, working with different clients and colleagues

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Varied, interesting work, something different could happen every day when supporting clients under the Court of Protection.

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Industry: Law Department: Medical Negligence

What are the best and worst things about your job?

There is a lot of amazing things about my job, so I will list them below:

A lot of responsibility is given to me
Great career progression
Lots of support from the company
Lots of different work tasks to complete
Training provided to help develop
Good company benefits
A lot of client communication
Drafting legal documents

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Industry: Law Department: Commercial Litigation

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I am given the freedom to manage my own workload, completing tasks when I believe to be necessary.

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Industry: Law Department: Family

What are the best and worst things about your job?

My colleagues are brilliant and understanding. They are always on hand if I need extra explaining or talking through something new.

I enjoy the work that I am given and appreciate all of the experience and opportunities that I have been granted so far. I am able to attend court and communicate with clients.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Meeting very interesting clients.

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Industry: Law Department: Court of Protection

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Job satisfaction, helping clients and seeing a positive outcome.

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Industry: Law Department: Commercial Litigation

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Enjoyable work which is challenging- allowed to carry out the work with adequate supervision, but not dictated at the same time.

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Industry: Law Department: Personal Injury - Special Damages

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The ability to handle and manage your own workload, every case is different and its very interesting to learn and develop your skills

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Industry: Law Department: Serious injury

What are the best and worst things about your job?

For me, the best thing about my job is seeing a case come together following all of the work you have done. As a paralegal apprentice I only support other fee earners doing work for them if and when they need me to so I never usually see a case from start to end like the case handlers do. However I do get involved on some cases regularly and although I wasn't necessarily working here when they were started, seeing them settle after so much hard work is very rewarding; especially as the cases we deal with are very high value and can go on for years.

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Industry: Law

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Excellent support offered throughout the apprenticeship scheme.
- Variety of tasks and new challenges.
- No day is exactly the same.
- Level of responsibility given.
- Varied workload.
- Good colleagues.
- Good social events.
- Invaluable experience.

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Industry: Law Department: Real Estate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Working for well known company, good variety of work

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Be thorough, and have faith in your experience.

Interview Advice:

Be open, confident but take your time, don't rush.

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Give lots of good examples that adopt the firms values.

Interview Advice:

Make sure to show your personality and dont just say what you think they want you to say - being original makes you stand out and irwin mitchell don't just hire one certain 'type' of person

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

Make sure you research the firm, the values and what the firm is looking for in a candidate then apply your own experiences to show how you have demonstrated those values and skills.

Interview Advice:

Read over your CV and application before hand. Be yourself, they will want to get to know you as a person not just as a potential employee.

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

- Identify firms values and how you incorporate these into day to day life/ work
- Show your experience through clear examples of previous work/ roles
- Demonstrate your interest in the firm and the areas of law

Interview Advice:

- Competency questions
- Firms values
- Identify some interesting or big cases from Irwin Mitchell

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

focus carefully on the components of the questions. IM operates a blind application process so your grades and university are not relevant. How well you answer all elements of the competency questions is what will get you to the interview stage. Use recent examples if possible. If a question asks 'tell me about a time when' and 'what your role was within...' then both are equally important elements of the answer.

Interview Advice:

Relax. Prepare by reading the twitter feed/linkedIn feed of the firm. Use Legal 500 to understand what work is actually done in the office you are applying to and can speak knowledgeably about it.
At the interview itself the questions the interviewer will be asking is whether they would like to work with this person and whether they would put them in front of a client. Therefore, relax, smile, be polite to everyone and don't be afraid to laugh. Calm, relaxed authority - expert hand - human touch!

Trainee Solicitor, Construction and Engineering at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Proof read and ensure there are no errors in the application
Include all experience even if it might seem irrelevant
Think imaginatively when answering the competency questions
Demonstrate an interest in the firms particular areas including writing about cases etc. that have been in the news
Don't worry if you do not have much legal experience

Interview Advice:

Read up on firm's values and how Irwin Mitchell has been featured in the news
Research and be familiar with particular issues that might affect the industry
Focus on commercial awareness - in particular relating personal injury and private client
Keep answers clear and concise

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

Ensure that you have researched the firm thoroughly. Blanket applications will stand out and will not get you very far.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be honest! The firm are looking for someone who will fit in with the culture and who is willing to work hard.

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

make it specific to the firm , focus on their values and make sure your personality comes across

Interview Advice:

be yourself - that way you'll get a feel for whether it is the right fit for you.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Relate your previous experience to the job requirements. Obtain as much legal experience as you can.

Interview Advice:

Research possible interview questions and prepare responses for them. Have confidence in your ability; if you made it to the interview stage, you are good enough to get the job!

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Get involved in plenty of extra-curricular activities and talk about them. Irwin Mitchell want to see well-rounded people and academics are not important at the application stage. Be succinct with your answers and don't waffle. The word limits are there to be used, but focus on quality over quantity. Ideally, quality and quantity.

If you aren't successful the first time, listen to the feedback and apply again. Tenacity is one of Irwin Mitchell's core values.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, smile, be your best self. The interviewers aren't trying to trick you, and if they challenge you on an answer you have given, engage with them and defend your position appropriately. Speak up during the group exercises, but try not to dominate the conversation. Offer your thoughts and try to include those who haven't spoken as much as you.

Trainee Solicitor, Will Trust and Estate Disputes at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Advertise your transferrable skills from all of your roles - it doesn't matter if you do not have legal experience.

Interview Advice:

Your interviewer wants you to do well. Try to relax and let your personality shine; they want to employ people that will fit with the personalities in the team already.

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

make it specific
stress you understand the firm values

Interview Advice:

know the firms values

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to Irwin Mitchell - research their values, ethos etc. and demonstrate why you think your values align with those of the Firm. Don't send a generic application.

Turn any negatives into a positive, for example a bad exam result/failed exam - not a failure, but an opportunity to revise your exam skills and improve in the future.

Show your personality - hobbies, interests etc. - not just academic ability.

Be honest and truthful.

Show commercial awareness. The Firm is a business and the market is competitive. Show that you are aware of this, are interested in it, and are dedicated to furthering the wider goals of the Firm as a business

Highlight your skills - team work, tenacity, commitment, time management & flexibility, the ability to build relationships with others & handle those relationships appropriately, etc.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Engage with other applicants and your interviewer/s. If you are not sure of an answer, do not panic. Do your best. Don't try and lie/make something up just to provide an answer.

Be friendly. Smile. Engage with the people around you, not just other applicants and interviewer/s - everyone you meet at the firm could be a future colleague. Show how you can interact confidently & respectfully with people - you will need this skill for clients too so best to show it off now. You will work as part of a team at IM, show you are a team player and can communicate effectively & build relationships.

Speak up as to why you want to work at Irwin Mitchell. What has your research into the firm told you? Why have you selected IM over other firms? What do you think working at IM will be like? Show your enthusiasm and commitment to your career & the firm.

Remember to be commercially aware and show this to your interviewer/s. The Firm is a business and the market is competitive. Show that you are aware of this, are interested in it, and are dedicated to furthering the wider goals of the Firm as a business

Trainee Solicitor, Workplace Illness at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

research the company and values

Interview Advice:

try and draw on examples that will stand out from the crowd - demonstrate you have something different.

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Read up on the company and the work that they do.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. They are a personable firm and are looking for people that will get along with colleagues and clients.

Trainee Solicitor, Asbestos at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Emphasise the professional experience you have - firms want people have some work experience, not just 'fresh' graduates with strong academic records.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic and confident. I was asked a range of questions on key competencies (e.g. a time you've managed a difficult situation) and more 'thought-provoking' questions about particular areas of law (e.g. 'Is it wrong to sue the NHS?').

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

Be interesting and don't lie

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Don't be shy in group exercises. I was asked about work I had recently been doing and talked about this naturally which made me feel relaxed and I think the interviewers liked it.

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

Research the firm in detail and provide specific examples of case, clients, lawyers and values that interest you

Interview Advice:

Base everything you say on clear examples

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring and Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Use lots of examples to demonstrate your points / why you would be suited to the role.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm and have examples of how you can demonstrate key competencies.

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring & Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Show why you are interested in this area of work - if you're not genuine in what interests you, it will be obvious in the interview stage!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be confident in what you have to offer! I undertook 4 different exercises - a group exercise, a written exercise and 2 interviews. The first interview was about me and the second interview was a task where I had to pitch for one office out of the options given.

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

Research the firm's USP more specifically than stating information available to all applicants - dig deep into the financials, CSR policy, reports to get a feel of what the current position is and where the firm wants to be.

Interview Advice:

Know your application and be adaptable to different situations.

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring & Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - firms know you can do the law, but they want to see how you fit into their culture.

Interview Advice:

Relax and don't over-think things.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Make a personal connection if you can.
Research.
Provide lots of details on relevant work and life experience including extra curricular activities.

Interview Advice:

Make a personal connection
Research the areas of the firm
Research you interviewees if you can
Be yourself
Enjoy it

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm; an impersonal and 'scattergun' approach to applications will not help. A good idea is to apply for fewer firms and make these applications specific to each firm.

Interview Advice:

Prepare by ensuring you have a well rounded CV that speaks for itself. Be yourself in the interview; the firm wants to meet candidates that are genuine and will fit with the culture here. Consider the values of the firm and what experience you have that reflects these.

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

Research the values and make sure that you consider times when you may have demonstrated the values in your previous experience.

Interview Advice:

Show your passion, in whatever that may be. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate excellent communication and a willingness to learn.

"How do you market yourself"

"What advice would you give to your younger self?"

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Look carefully at the core values of the firm and make sure that you demonstrate as best you can why you would be a good fit.

I considered the values and then set about gaining experience and undertaking roles at university to demonstrate in my application that I was already carrying out the firm's core values. For example I joined the charities committee at university and I joined one of the Irwin Mitchell Schemes to get involved.

The firm is interested in you as a person, so be sure to show your personality and you hobbies and interests. Sports and hobbies can be a great way to demonstrate key qualities that make a desirable candidate.

Interview Advice:

During the interview, my best advice would be to be yourself. I attended many interviews during my second year of university. I prepared much in the same way, for each firm, researching the firm and being as well read as possible. It was not until my interview at Irwin Mitchell that I understood that it really is about finding the firm that is the right fit for you.

Do not be afraid to show your personality. The focus is more on recruiting people who will be part of the team and work within the ethos of the firm, rather than the grades achieved in exams.

The questions I was asked were largely competency based. Be prepared with examples where you have shown good customer care or dealt with an issue etc.

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

Get help from those you know in industry, friends, proof-read lots

Interview Advice:

Link back to actual experiences and examples in as many questions as possible

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

Demonstrate how you can reflect and show the firm's values.

Interview Advice:

Be open and friendly, they're trying to get to know you as an individual.

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

Take your time. Conduct wider research into what the firm does outside of what is available on the website. Look into their charitable foundation IMCF as well as their social media presence for an insight into the firm.

Get legal experience before applying as this will help you during the application and interview processes.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! The firm wants to hire people with a range of personalities. This will get you much further than anything else.

Trainee Solicitor, General Counsel at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm

Interview Advice:

It is as much as interview for them as it is you - try and get a feel of any firm you interview at

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm before applying. Lots of research is key. A clear focus on the firm's core values and its business approach are essential.

Interview Advice:

The application process may involve an online interview before a physical interview. Candidates should remember to dress the part and practice in front of a camera first.

Physical interviews are usually conducted with two members of staff interviewing in pairs. Partners take an active role in the recruitment process so it is important to be prepared to demonstrate enthusiasm, commercial awareness and professionalism when addressing partners in an interview room.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research before filling out your application. Know the firm and its values and refer to these in your application i.e. how do your values fit around the firm's values and how this makes you suitable for the role. Try and think of a range of interesting examples to refer to (not just academic). Make your application specific to Irwin Mitchell and ensure it is not a generic application which could be sent to any national full-service law firm.

Interview Advice:

Have a full range of examples ready to refer to (not just academic). Do your research on the firm, any recent news and any interesting cases. Know the firm well and be able to refer to attractive features during the interview. Prepare for competency questions as well as questions on why the firm, why BLS/PLS, why the particular location etc.

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

Write concisely and to the point. Have someone check your written responses before submitting the application.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, show maturity, know your application inside out (and be ready to expand on it) and prepare questions/a discussion for the end of the interview that shows your curiosity and understanding as to the workings of the business/its clients/the wider industry.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance (6 month training seat) at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research; be commercially aware.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and sincere in your answers and your enthusiasm and warmth will come through.

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

Make sure you show your individuality and show specifically why Irwin Mitchell and not just why any law firm. Tailor it. Show off your extracurricular activities.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be confident and have lots of different examples to show off your competencies.

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

- Make sure you proof read. Check for spelling and grammar.
- Make sure you have someone read over your application.
- Ensure that you use an example for each competency to evidence the skill/quality you are writing about.
- Gain as much experience as possible.

Interview Advice:

- Try and use an example for each skill/quality you are talking about.
- Make sure you maintain eye contact with your interviewers and engage in a discussion with them, as opposed to just answering the question.
- Try to enjoy the interview - it is about showing off the qualities you have!

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

Be open and honest regarding your experience and why you feel you are suited for the role. At Irwin Mitchell, there is a distinct split between 'personal' and 'business' law - only apply if you know which side of the divide you want to work on!

Interview Advice:

You need to show your interviewer that you would be a good addition to their team - no one wants to hire someone that they think would be a pain to work with, e.g. due to the size of their ego.

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

The application process consists of an online application and video interview.

Interview Advice:

The assessment day tests a number of skills through a variety of formats, for example a partner interview, a group exercise and a written exercise.

Trainee Solicitor, Wills and Probate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Attention to detail. Know the company. Be yourself. Invest your time in hobbies and activities outside of law that help display your personality. It's not all about amazing grades!

Interview Advice:

Take time to think about the question and don't rush/waffle/panic. Have a list of things in your head that you have done that may be relevant to classic interview questions and that way you can draw on those no matter what you have been asked (within reason).

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

Research the firm and make sure your application is tailored appropriately. Give examples of extra-curricular achievements that demonstrate you are a rounded individual.

Interview Advice:

My interview was mainly competency based. In my preparations for the interview, I had thought of a few examples that I could apply to different competency questions and this definitely helped on the day as I wasn't trying to think of things on the spot and it meant that I gave the best examples and wasn't left thinking "oh I wish I'd said that instead".

Trainee Solicitor, In-house counsel at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Get to know the firm beyond the superficial level; understand its direction, what it looks for in future trainees and make an effort to understand the type of work/clients.

Try and find a way to make yourself memorable, IM receives thousands of applications every year and there is a huge emphasis on people. Show some personality, and demonstrate what attributes you have that reflect the firm's values.

Interview Advice:

As nervous as you may feel, try and remember that this is your chance to shine and you need to be the best version of yourself (not the nervous version!). Thoroughly research the firm and prepare competency questions to enable you to discuss a variety of different examples, rather than focusing on a singular example.

Think about key questions: why IM? why law? why commercial/personal law? what motivates you? what others would say about you? a time you worked in a team? a time when things didn't go to plan? your strengths and weaknesses?

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Get to know the business and what is currently happening at the time of the application process.
Understanding the importance / available opportunities for clients in full-service firm.

Interview Advice:

Use non-work examples as well as academic / work.

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

Tailor your application to reflect the firm's values.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well and have a sound understanding of how we operate as a business including as an ABS.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Be thorough, check your application a lot and give it to a family member or friend to give it a sense check.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and know why it is you want to be a lawyer and why at Irwin Mitchell.

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

Focus on the firm's ethos and key objectives. The firm wants someone enthusiastic who will take on the firm's ethics and be more than a lawyer. We pride ourselves in being approachable and caring, as well as fantastic listeners, so people skills are a must. Having a hobby that you are passionate about can add an extra dimension which attracts recruiters.

Interview Advice:

Be very prepared and fully up to date on the goals of the firm. We are currently working on 'OneIM' and client sharing, promoting ourselves as a full-service firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Will Trust and Estate Disputes at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't undersell yourself - you only make one application per year!

Ask lots of (honest) people to proof read your application. The more people that read it, the more people that will spot mistakes or ask questions that could prepare you for interview.

Interview Advice:

Don't script any answers but make sure you know your CV / application very well and, where you have given opinions or made statements about your experience, be well prepared to discuss them in more detail!!

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the company and show that you are interested in what makes Irwin Mitchell stand out from other law firms.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality, the firm like to know about your skills and interests outside law as well as your technical knowledge.

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

Highlight any unique skills/interests/hobbies that you have that are not legal/law related and that make you stand out.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and relax, don't try to put on a front - being 'human' is the best thing you can be in an interview, otherwise you may come across as frosty/too serious.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

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

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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?

Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

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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"!

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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.

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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.

Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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.

Trainee, at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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 do offer you alot of support and try to make trainees feel as valued as possible. Everyone is very personable

Worst:

Paralegals take precedent over NQ roles which is not great for new trainees coming in to the company as the NQ positions have almost been pre-decided

Trainee Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Care about their colleagues and transparency and communication with executive board. Varied social responsibility and charity projects they are involved in.

Worst:

Targets.

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

work life balance
quality of work
respect and support for diversity
variety of work

Worst:

People assuming things about the firm based on tv adverts

Trainee Solicitor, Construction and Engineering at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Culture

Worst:

IT

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Supportive of flexible working
A lot of career opportunities
Provides job security - very good at future planning/ proofing
Well-respected

Worst:

High targets

Trainee Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The company works hard to ensure that its' staff are happy and responds well to any concerns.

Worst:

The company uses full time recording, which can be incredibly stressful.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

the work and the people

Worst:

don't have one

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Wide range of departments and opportunities.

Worst:

The regional salary is significantly lower than the London salary.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Work-life balance, flexible working, interesting work

Worst:

Not necessarily having control over options of seats and career direction.

Trainee Solicitor, Residential Property at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The firm's culture has greatly improved. There has been a big push towards remote and flexible working . There is a great spirit of inter- and intra-team co-operation and plenty of socials.

Worst:

The salaries are generally slightly lower than other firms of similar size.

Trainee Solicitor, Will Trust and Estate Disputes at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The firm cares about its staff and wellbeing is very important.

Worst:

The IT.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

See previous page.

Worst:

See previous page.

Trainee Solicitor, Workplace Illness at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

culture, work,

Worst:

-

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The work

The level of supervision

The people

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Very committed to inclusion and diversity. Increasing flexibility, e.g. home working.

Worst:

Despite lots of talk about wellbeing, targets around billable hours are still high.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Work/life balance

Worst:

IT support

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Level of responsibility

Worst:

Pay

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring and Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Well known and respected
Good culture regarding the importance of well-being

Trainee Solicitor, Public Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Openness of all colleagues
Approachable
Supportive and understanding of new starters joining remotely - made to feel part of the team

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring & Insolvency at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Good work/life balance.

Worst:

IT systems are outdated in some areas.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Handled the pandemic incredibly well; have, and retain, great people; attract a range of interesting work.

Worst:

The IT systems!

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Culture
Work life balance
Principles
Collegial

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The client contact.

Worst:

The IT.

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Collaborative approach, training opportunities and transparency.

Commitment to Community work.

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The genuine care the firm has for it's staff and clients

Worst:

The pay gap between personal legal services and business legal services

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Continuously trying to develop, well placed in market

Worst:

Slow to develop, only moved electronic due to COVID when has meant to be happening for years, lack of trust for flexible/home working

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

Very friendly and open and management are very approachable

Worst:

Business legal services staff are paid more than personal legal services which seems unfair.

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Ambition to grow and the reasonable expectations placed on staff when setting targets and KPIs.

Worst:

Some administrative processes.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Colleagues all approachable, supportive etc. Lots of training opportunities and opportunities to be involved with firm initiatives, diversity groups etc.

Worst:

Salary is not competitive outside of London.

Trainee Solicitor, Family Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Work/Life balance.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance (6 month training seat) at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

High profile cases and great hands on experience.

Worst:

Workplace morale can sometimes be low.

Trainee Solicitor, Clinical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

See above

Worst:

See above

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Irwin Mitchell actively promotes a healthy work/life balance amongst its employees, and the majority of 'line managers' genuinely care about their colleagues learning and progressing.

Worst:

The management often seem aloof and disconnected. The pay is also £1000s behind competitors doing the same or similar work. It is disingenuous for the firm to claim that the salary is reasonable if you compare IM to larger firms where people are working hours, as many 'medium' sized firms offer a similar work/life balance yet do not pay so poorly.

Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Work/life balance, the people, training opportunities, inclusivity, CSR work.

Worst:

Technology, salaries.

Trainee Solicitor, In-house counsel at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Good work/life balance

Worst:

Salary isn't as competitive as other law firms.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance/Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The firm is innovative and enthusiastic. We are specialists in so many areas and yet we are so much more than a law firm. There is the opportunity to grow and learn all the time.

Worst:

No car parking available. The car parks nearby are very expensive and free on road parking is far away and difficult to find.

Trainee Solicitor, Will Trust and Estate Disputes at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Great colleagues.
Good work / life balance.

Worst:

Low pay.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

The people
The work
Company values

Trainee Solicitor, Clinical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
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Best:

Friendly
Well known

Worst:

Can be seen as 'ambulance chasers'

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury 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.

Irwin Mitchell LLP
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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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