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Training Contracts.

Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors.

Lanyon Bowdler takes on four to six trainees each year, so with training contracts usually being for two years we generally have at least eight trainees with us at any one time, and usually around ten.

Trainees usually spend six months in each “seat”, so they gain experience in four areas of work.

Listen to our podcast Training to be a Solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler via the link – this will give you an idea as to our recruitment process and what you may expect during any interview are you are invited to as well as, if you are successful, information prior to commencing your training contract with us.

Training Contracts Commencing September 2026

The 2025 applications are now closed.

We are currently accepting applications for 2026. Please ensure your application is submitted by the end of December 2024.

 

Applying for a Training Contract

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to info@lblaw.co.uk or post to:

Brian Evans
Lanyon Bowdler
Chapter House North
Abbey Lawn
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury SY2 5DE

We’d particularly like you to explain why you are applying to Lanyon Bowdler and why you consider you may be a good fit for our firm.

Current Trainees

We currently have eleven trainee solicitors, pictured below in September 2023, with Brian Evans, are: Leanne Jones (now qualified as a solicitor), Emily Mouland, Kelly Reynolds, Afsarah Haque-Hassan, Calum Eagles, Mia Williams, Sophie Speirs, Claudia Booth, Jemma Parocki and Sarah Gallagher (who has left the firm). In March 2024 Lizzie Cross, Sam Russell and Nicholas Bridgewater commenced their training contracts.

 

 

Not only do we offer our trainees support, guidance and valuable experience in the technical aspects of their work, we encourage them to be part of the firm as a whole. They have opportunities to attend careers fairs, where they can talk to students about how to work towards a future in the law, there are also chances to attend events and seminars, where they can develop their business development skills.

For more information please see below:

Podcasts

The Legal Lounge

We have two useful podcasts which can be listened to via the links below.

A Day in the Life of a Trainee Solicitor featuring Edward Rees, Alexander Spanner and Sophie Burgoyne.

Training to be a Solicitor featuring Brian Evans and Alexander Spanner.

Routes into Law

For detailed information about the routes into law, download our handy guide.

Awards

We were delighted to win the ‘Best Recruiter – Small Firm’ category in the 2019 LawCareers.Net Awards.

We won the ‘Best Trainer – Small Firm’ award in both 2018 and 2017.

We have previously had many nominations for the LawCareers.Net’s Training and Recruitment Awards for either “Best Recruiter-Small Firm”, or “Best Trainer-Small Firm”. We also previously won awards in 2004 and 2009. We are delighted to receive this recognition of the standard of our trainee solicitor training programme.

The trainee solicitors nominated us for these awards, and the following are quotes from a couple of previous submissions:

“I cannot fault the experience that I have had. I have seen an increase in responsibilities, coupled with as much support as I need; every single staff member is approachable and willing to help. I have been given the opportunity to express how I would like my training contract to be shaped by having a choice of seats. I feel privileged to be able to say that I have trained with this firm.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the client interaction afforded to trainees at the firm. From almost my first week, I was meeting clients and being exposed to real life legal issues. This has given my fellow trainees and me a practical, human approach to solving legal issues that you just can’t get sitting at a computer all day.”

Testimonials

What our colleagues say.

I have been supported by Lanyon Bowdler throughout my career. Starting as a legal support assistant in 2016, undertaking my LPC part time, and then through my training contract. I am now recognised as an associate solicitor. It has been a supportive and friendly place to work.

Staci Robinson
Hereford

I have worked as a solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler for over 30 years and have particularly enjoyed building up my practice and experience in contentious probate work during a large part of that period. The quality and range of work has always been very good and kept me interested.

Claire Vale
Contentious Probate

I can hand on my heart say Lanyon Bowdler are the best company I have worked for. Everyone is so welcoming and approachable, I feel honoured to have been offered an opportunity to work here and to be a part of such a fantastic team.

Bethany Fennell
Debt Recovery Unit

I have returned to Lanyon Bowdler after many years and am enjoying being part of a dynamic firm with a firm focus on client care and having the right people to deliver that. As an employee, my experience of the working environment is that it is supportive in all ways, from career development to work/life balance.

Mandy Mason
Shrewsbury

There is a strong emphasis on employee wellbeing and continuous professional development, ensuring that all staff have the opportunity to excel and grow within the firm.

Naila Kosser
Court of Protection
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What to Expect when Commencing a Training Contract at Lanyon Bowdler – Leanne Jones and Afsarah Haque-Hassan

They explain what to expect when commencing a training contract and how there's a buddy system in this firm to help new ...
Published • 13 May 2024
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