McMillan Williams adopts a unique approach to recruitment. We believe in rewarding hard work and talent from within the firm and so we recruit our trainee solicitors by employing them first as paralegals for a 12 to 15 month period.

The Training Contract

Catherine Griffiths
Catherine Griffiths
Graduate Manager

The training contract at MW follows the typical two year fixed term contract format, with trainees usually sitting in four different departments throughout the training contract.  Trainees rotate seats every six months and must sit at least one contentious seat.

However, at MW we offer Trainees at least three seat rotations in order to meet SRA requirements. We recognise that trainees might prefer one area of law over another and therefore offer two distinct routes for your training contract.

The Contentious Route offers at least two contentious seats and one non-contentious seat.  The non-contentious route offers at least two non-contentious seats and one contentious seat.

Contentious Law Non-Contentious Law
Family & Children House & Home
Divorce Residential
Domestic Violence Commercial
Adoption & Care New Build
Injury & Health Money & Finance
Personal Injury Wills & Trusts
Clinical Negligence Probate
Mental Health Inheritance
Accidents at Work  
Criminal Defence  
Civil Defence  
General Litigation  
Actions against the Police  
Property Disputes  
Professional Negligence  
Costs Budgetting  



At MW, we try wherever possible, to accommodate the preferences of each trainee when determining which seats are to be covered (subject to business needs).

Successful candidates are expected to have passed their LPC, live within reasonable travelling distance of the firm's offices and have use of a car.

Our trainees are given responsibility from the outset with full support from their supervisor. However, the support doesn’t end there as our dedicated Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager will be with you every step of your journey to qualification.

We take great pride in the training and career prospects offered at McMillan Williams.  Our objective is to identify exceptional candidates, train them "The MW Way" and retain them as the next generation of lawyers.

After your initial induction at our Head Office, you can expect to receive regular appraisals and reviews of your work both within your probationary period and beyond. It is neither in the Firm’s interest, or the paralegal’s interest, to leave someone who is unlikely to be offered a training contract waiting until almost the end of their paralegal period to advise them of this. That’s why you will have an opportunity to meet with your supervisor towards the end of your probationary period to discuss your future development within the Firm. At the end of the paralegal period, the expectation is the candidate will be considered for a training contract with McMillan Williams. Whilst training contracts are not guaranteed, we believe our approach to recruiting and retaining junior talent at MW works, and this is reflected in our extremely high success rate of transferring paralegals onto a training contract.

We believe our unique approach to recruiting talented solicitors of the future is second to none. This is evident in our retention rates, which, for the last two years have been 100% in transitioning our Paralegals onto Training Contracts after their 12-15 month period and 100% of our Trainees have been retained upon qualification. Training & Development is fundamental to MW, and this is evident from our internal Advocacy Competition. The MW Advocacy competition is a mandatory competition, open to all Paralegals, Trainee Solicitors and Newly Qualified Solicitors up to two years PQE. The competition is run over three rounds, with the first rounds being judged internally at our Head Office in Coulsdon. Four participants are selected to go forward to the Semi-Finals at Croydon Crown Court and Two are ultimately selected to participate in the Final. The Final is held at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Annual Advocacy video can be viewed here.


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