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Trainee Solicitor Recruitment

Start your legal career with Actons – one of Nottingham’s leading independent law firms

We’ve been based in Nottingham, the centre of the East Midlands ever since the firm was founded, over 200 years ago.

But in the midst of all that history, much has changed. We’re a modern, progressive, ambitious law firm on a journey. We’d love you to join us to start your legal career!

If you’re ambitious, work hard and want to make a difference, Actons is definitely the place for you.


Trainee Solicitors 2022 & 2023: Closed

Our recruitment process for two trainee solicitors to start in September 2022 and two trainee solicitors to start in September 2023 for a two-year training contract has now closed.


Register Your Interest

If you’d like to receive a notification email when we launch our next round of trainee solicitor recruitment, please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.


As a successful candidate, you’ll have a 2:1 or 1st class degree (not necessarily in Law) and successfully completed the LPC before starting the training period. At this stage, we are not looking to recruit trainee solicitors who wish to use the new SQE route to qualification.

You need to have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom (please note that we will not be able to sponsor or support any visa applications).

You can also download our Trainee Solicitor Recruitment brochure here.


Our Application Process

Stage One

Submit your completed application form by 5 pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Forms received after this time may not be considered. We will let you know by 26 April 2021 if you have progressed to stage two.

Stage Two

Stage two is a written exercise that will be sent to you on 29 April 2021. You will need to submit a written answer by 5 May 2021. We will let you know in early June 2021 if you have progressed to stage three.

Stage Three

Stage three is an assessment day consisting of individual interviews, a short presentation on a topic provided on the day to the interview panel and a networking lunch providing you with the opportunity to meet some of our directors.

At this stage, we are hoping that we will be able to hold this as a face-to-face event at our offices. In the event that Government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic prevent us from doing this, we will revert to an online assessment instead.

We have reserved three dates for the assessment day – on 23, 24 and 25 June 2021 and we will let you know by 1 June 2021 whether you have been chosen to attend and upon which date.


Your Training & Areas of Law

As a trainee solicitor, you’ll usually get the opportunity to complete four seats in up to three separate areas of law. The specific seats will always depend on availability and workloads within each team. They can include:

  • Corporate & commercial
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment law & HR
  • Insolvency
  • Personal injury
  • Private client
  • Property.

You’ll have regular meetings both formally and informally with the training supervisor and your supervisor in each team. During those meetings, you’ll plan targets and assess progress in each seat. Working closely with all the members of the team provides practice and learning that is fully supported.


What You’ll Get

  • Experience across a broad range of legal services
  • Open and friendly working environment
  • Opportunity to get ‘stuck in’ with high-quality client work
  • Regular formal and informal meetings with the training supervisor and your team supervisor.


What Do We Want?

  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Confident, courteous communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team.


Our Core Values

We believe Actons is different from a lot of other law firms and we work hard to live up to our four key values:


Our teams are made up of down-to-earth, talented people who we are all extremely proud of. We work hard to attract and retain like-minded people who have the right personality to fit into our close-knit, friendly team culture. In turn, we’re able to offer opportunities to work flexibly, promotions, and a great work-life balance.

Client focus

We punch well above our weight with the quality of clients, and we’re very proud of that. By carrying out your training contract at Actons, you’ll have the chance to get stuck in with great quality work for great clients. We also have a strong focus on marketing and business development, believing that everyone has a role to play in attracting and retaining top-quality clients.


Our team structure and management culture make it easy for you to make an impact on the business. Whether that’s through suggesting new ways of doing things, or business development activity that’s going to open doors to new opportunities.


No law firm doubts their integrity. But we believe that we go a step further. As well as applying the principles of openness, honesty, reasonableness and constructiveness to our client work, integrity is also a mainstay of our internal culture.


Celebrating A Diverse Workforce

In our annual report to the SRA, we have continued to celebrate our diverse workforce. Click here to find out more


But Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Here’s what some of our past and present trainees have said about their training contract at Actons:


Our work in the local community

We have a very active CSR programme which you’ll be encouraged to get involved in.

On the charity side, we have developed long-term relationships with Framework, Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Macmillan and Reach Learning Disability, amongst others. We’re also a sponsor of Nottingham Outlaws, the community rugby league club.

For the last two years, we’ve held a volunteering day at Flower Pod, the horticultural base of Reach Learning Disability. It allows 10 people to spend the day giving back to the community, learning new skills and interacting with clients of Flower Pod.

Protecting the environment is a key concern for us and something that is regularly looked at by our CSR Committee. Recently we’ve decided to stop using one-use plastic cups for water, and know there is more to do.


We’re also fun!

In normal times, we run several firm social events throughout the year. On top of events to mark the end of each financial quarter, our CSR committee also organises other social events which have recently included crazy golf, quiz nights, pizza making etc. And our social calendar wouldn’t be complete without the annual Christmas party! Whilst these events are not taking place due to current restrictions, we hope to be able to re-start our social events as soon as it is safe to do so.

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