Q: How much involvement do I have in selecting my seats?

Each trainee is given the opportunity to put forward their 'wish list' for each seat, and we work with each trainee on an individual basis to ensure that you get a varied and challenging training contract. Our approach to the seat rotation is to be fair and collegiate, whilst balancing this with the needs of the business.

Whilst we encourage our trainees to spend time in each of our different departments, we recognise people's personal preferences, and treat each trainee as an individual.

Q: Do you offer training contracts or Vacation Schemes in London or Bristol?

Our training contracts are based in Exeter or Bristol and trainees have the opportunity to spend time in our other offices (Exeter, Bristol and London).

Our Vacation Scheme is based in our Exeter office. Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not offer a Vacation Scheme in London or Bristol.

Q: Do you offer work experience? 

We offer university students work experience via our Summer Vacation Scheme. 

Q: Do you receive any financial support when attending the Summer Vacation Scheme?  

Yes, we will reimburse travel, accommodation and refreshment costs for the week, up to the value of £250. 

Q: What opportunities do you offer first year students? 

We hold an annual open day at our Exeter HQ, which is open to students at all levels of their university studies. The open day is great opportunity to find out whether Michelmores is the type of firm you would like to train at.

Q: Are all practice areas represented in all offices?

Some practice areas are only represented in one or two of our offices. View a list of seats available in each location

Q: Are there any compulsory seats? 

No, there aren't any compulsory seats but we do encourage our trainees to experience each of our different departments. Trainees are also required to gain experience of both contentious and non-contentious work. 

Q: Do you offer secondments? 

Yes. Previous opportunities have included 6 months at the MET office. To find out more, you can read Megan's article on our trainee blog: 'Did someone say 'Secondment'?'

Q: What is the salary for trainees?

We review our trainee salaries on an annual basis to ensure they are competitive in the local market. 

Currently, trainees in our Exeter office start on £26,000 in their first year and increase to £27,500 in their second year, whilst trainees in our Bristol office start on £30,000 in their first year and increase to £31,500 in their second year.  

Q: What are the firm's trainee retention rates?

We recruit to retain our trainees and over the past five years we have always had as many NQ vacancies as we do qualifying solicitors. Over this period, we have retained 87% of our trainees on qualification.  

Q: Do you have an Open Day? 

Yes we have an Open Day each year in our Exeter Office. Our 2018 Open Day is scheduled for Thursday 18 January. You will be able to register your interest in the event from 1 November via our website. 

Q: After submitting an application when should I expect to receive an update from Michelmores?

We will be in touch with all applicants within 6 - 8 weeks following the application deadline.