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Trainee Solicitor Recruitment

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

UPDATE: Our recruitment process for trainee solicitor roles to start with us in 2022 is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will relaunch the process as soon as possible.



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 growth 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.


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.


Training Contracts

Trainee solicitors start a two year training period usually in September. The successful candidates are required to have a 2:1 or 1st class degree (not necessarily in Law) and to have successfully completed the LPC before starting the training contract.


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 to 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 makes 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.


Submitting An Application – Trainee Solicitors 2022

UPDATE: Our recruitment for trainee solicitor roles for 2022 is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will relaunch the process as soon as possible.


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 gives 10 people the opportunity 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 taken the decision to stop using one-use plastic cups for water, and know there is more to do.


We’re also fun!

We run a number of 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!


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