FAQs

Q: Where are your training contracts and Summer Vacation scheme located?

Rather than recruiting trainees dedicated to specific office locations, we want to give all of our trainees the opportunity to experience our collaborative culture across multiple offices during their training contract. To make this possible, from 2021 all of our trainees will join us at our Exeter HQ and spend a six month seat in either Bristol or London, with the opportunity to qualify into any location.

Our Vacation Scheme is also based in our Exeter office.

Q: Why do you no longer offer training contracts located specifically in London and Bristol?

We want our trainees to be part of our cross office and collaborative culture from day one. We have therefore made a decision to change our approach to trainee development - rather than recruiting trainees dedicated to specific office locations, we want to give all of our trainees the opportunity to experience multiple offices during their training contract. To make this possible, from 2021 all of our trainees will join us at our Exeter HQ and spend a six month seat in either Bristol or London, with the opportunity to qualify into any location.

Q: What support do trainees receive when seconded to another office?  

We want to make our office secondments as easy and enjoyable as possible for our trainees. We therefore organise and pay for accommodation in Bristol / London during office secondments. This means you can continue to afford to pay for rent (or mortgage repayments) in Exeter if you choose to.

In addition, trainees receive an additional living allowance when on secondment and trainees spending a seat in London are provided with a travel card.

Q: How is it decided whether I will spend a seat in Bristol or London?

We meet with each of our trainees at the start of their training contract to discuss their office secondment preferences. Where possible we will match trainees with the office location that is most suited to their preferences, both in terms of city and practice area.

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

Our trainee development team meet with each of our trainees at the start of their training contract to discuss their office secondment preferences and the seat rotation process.

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: 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 and undertake an office secondment to Bristol or London.

Q: If, due to personal reasons, I am unable to undertake a six month secondment to the Bristol/London office, can I still be considered for a training contract?

Yes. We understand everyone has different personal situations and would not want anyone to be disadvantaged for this reason. If you are unable to spend six months away from Exeter for personal reasons, please let us know during the recruitment process and we can discuss alternative options available.

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, our trainee salary starts at £27,500 in first year and increases to £29,000 in second year. We also provide an additional living allowance for trainees during their office secondment.

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: Do I have to have recently graduated to apply?

No, we accept applications from people at any stage of their career. 

Q: Do you offer work experience? 

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

Q: What opportunities do you offer first year students? 

We hold an annual open day at our Exeter and London offices, 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: Do you offer client secondments? 

Yes. Previous opportunities have included 6 months at the MET office and Flybe.

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. We are delighted to be retaining all of our trainees in 2018.

Q: Do you have an Open Day? 

Yes we have an Open Day each year in our Exeter and London office. The dates for our 2020 Open Days will be confirmed shortly. You will be able to register your interest in the event from 1 October 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.