At McMillan Williams, personal development is just as important as corporate maturity. We believe our organisation is only as good as those that work for and with us. Working for MW is more than just a job.

We welcome interest from any legal discipline, irrespective of length of experience.

For an informal and confidential chat, please contact either:

Hilary Soanes
Hilary Soanes
Head of Support Operations

Danny Cash
Danny Cash
Graduate Learning and Development Manager



We would like to hear from ambitious LPC graduates (or soon to be LPC graduates) who are looking to begin their legal careers and work towards qualification. We believe our unique approach to recruiting talented solicitors of the future is second to none.  We reward 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.  Whilst training contracts are not guaranteed, our approach to recruiting and retaining talent at MW works, and this is reflected in our extremely high success rate of transferring paralegals onto a training contract.

As a paralegal, you will assist fee earners with the profitable management of their caseload whilst practicing the highest codes of professional conduct and customer service.

Training Contracts

The training 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 covering at least three areas of law and at least one contentious seat.  Our trainees are expected to undertake seats across the MW network of offices providing a broad and varied training experience.

At MW, we try wherever possible, to accommodate the preferences of each trainee when determining which seats are to be covered.  Before each seat rotation, you will meet with the Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager to discuss your future aspirations and seat choices that best meets your needs.

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 and 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 MW.  Our objective is to identify exceptional candidates, train them "The MW Way" and retain them as the next generation of lawyers.

MW is a committed meritocratic employer and our workforce represents that.  We recently topped the Black Solicitor's Network's survey in total demographic diversity, and placed first or second in total ethnic minority or female paralegals, associates, and Partners.

We are committed to a policy of treating all our Employees, workers and job applicants equally. No Employee or potential Employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any ‘protected characteristic’, namely:

  • Age (or perceived age)

  • Disability (past or present)

  • Gender reassignment

  • Marriage or civil partnership status

  • Race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation

Diversity is in Our DNA

McMillan Williams strongly believes that it has a responsibility to be a good Corporate citizen and we exhibit this by investing in our people and the people we represent. You can read more about our committment to, and celebration, of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of our business on Our Diversity page.

Our Diversity


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 Recruitment 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.

Work Experience


At MWSL we recognise the importance of gaining valuable legal work experience and strive to provide an enjoyable yet challenging work experience scheme.

Danny Cash
Danny Cash
Graduate Learning and Development Manager

Summer Work Experience Programme

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide an insight into what life is like at MWSL. You will gain real and valuable experience within one or more of our departments working alongside our solicitors undertaking real work.
The scheme is open to all students who are considering a career within the legal sector and who are currently studying an undergraduate degree (law or non-law degree or equivalent) and GDL/LPC students.

Our 2019 two week summer programme will take place from 1st July and 12th July 2019.

How to apply

Applications will open on 1st January 2019 and will close on 29th March 2019.

Applications will open on 1st January 2019 and will close on 29th March 2019.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to with the email subject ‘Work experience application’, addressed to Danny Cash, Graduate Learning and Development Manager.

Cover letters must include details of the office locations and areas of practice you are interested in working in.

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and candidates will be contacted directly.


MW Schools Programme

In addition to our Work Experience, we aim to support local schools and colleges. MWSL currently partners with Enabling Enterprise, an award winning social enterprise, that works with primary and secondary schools and with businesses to bring the world of work into the classroom through lesson-time projects, challenge days and inspiring visits to businesses. You can find out more about Enabling Enterprise by visiting their website at

If you (or your school) would like further information on the programme, please contact Enabling Enterprise via their website.

We regret that we unable to accommodate work experience requests that fall outside of our formal programmes.


We spoke to three current trainee solicitors about their working day.

John Matthews

John Matthews
John Matthews
Trainee Solicitor

John is a first seat trainee solicitor in the Personal Injury Department at MW New Addington.

"I usually arrive in the office between 08:00 and 08:30. I start off by checking my emails to see if anything has come in overnight that I need to inform my supervisor of or I need to action. I also update my training diary with work undertaken during the previous day. I review my task list so that I can plan my day.

First off is an application to a client’s legal expenses insurance provider to seek reimbursement of our client’s disbursements. The application is not that lengthy but requires quite a bit of information and a large number of documents. I review the client’s file to obtain the information and documents required before putting them all together, and passing to another Solicitor in the department for checking and signing. She is happy with the application, and so I send it off.

It is now mid-morning, my next task is to call a client who left a message the day before while I was at a department meeting. She had some questions about the letter we had sent providing details of an appointment to see an expert and what to expect.  I talked through with her the purpose of the appointment and how it will help conclude her claim as well as answer any of her other questions.

My next call is to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court to find out if a recent application for an interim payment sent to the Court had been listed.  Our client was in urgent need of funds to cover ongoing treatment and care costs.

A new Clinical Negligence enquiry has landed in my inbox and I have been asked to give them a telephone call to find out more details.  Before contacting the client, I conduct some initial research to gain an understanding of the medical conditions they have reported and how they relate to each other.  I then give them a telephone call but they are not available so I leave a message requesting a call back. I diarise to call again in the next day or two.

For most of the afternoon I review a medical report received from an expert and use it to calculate the client’s damages. I check to ensure that the report answers all the questions posed to the expert in the instructions, and that it provides all the information needed. I then draft a document that estimates the client’s general damages and their past and future financial losses.

During the afternoon I am also required to cover reception, and assist several people who have come in seeking legal advice. I also answer the telephone to several others who wish to speak to their Solicitor. At about 4pm I sort the outgoing post in preparation to it being collected.

At about 5:30pm I close the office and continue working on the calculation of damages. I take it as far as I can, and plan what further information I require in preparation to discussing with my supervisor tomorrow. I check my emails, and review my task list to ensure it is up to date before leaving the office at around 6:15pm.

Ayse Dourmoush

Ayse Ceylan Dourmoush
Ayse Ceylan Dourmoush
Trainee Solicitor

Ayse is a trainee solicitor in her third seat working in the Clinical Negligence Department at MW New Addington.

"My main role is to assist a partner with high value and complex claims where there has been a death or injury due to inadequate or incorrect medical treatment or late diagnosis.  Working in the Clinical Negligence I work closely with medical professionals and Counsel.

I usually start my day by checking my emails and my task list which usually consists of drafting witness statements, meeting with clients, collating documents and preparing bundles for experts and Counsel.

Our Clients have usually gone through very difficult times and therefore require empathy whilst providing a high standard of client care. I catch up with my supervisor and ask any questions that I may have.

Today, I am attending a conference with Counsel, an expert and our client to discuss liability and quantum. Having attended the conference I then make my way back to the office to type up the attendance notes. Whilst I am at the office I receive new client enquiries. This is an invaluable opportunity that allows me to have direct contact with clients at an early stage analysing the prospects of their case.

No enquiry is ever the same and so I am constantly dealing with a varied caseload across the spectrum of personal injury claims, birth injury claims, fatal cases, GP negligence, cancer cases, late diagnosis and spinal injuries.

Before I leave the office I review my to do list and up date it ready for the next day.

Each year MW holds the Advocacy Competition, an event which has become the highlight of the training calendar and is a mandatory part of the training and development of all Paralegals and Trainees.

Each year, MW holds it’s Advocacy Competition. A mandatory event for all internal paralegals, trainees and newly qualified solicitors with up to two years Post Qualification Experience.  The videos below explain in depth why it forms such an important part of our training and development programme.

Part 1

Part 2

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