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Solicitor Training Contracts


We are delighted to win the 'Best Recruiter - Small Firm' category in the 2019 LawCareers.Net Awards.



Kay Kelly and retired partner Colin Spanner accepting the 'Best Trainer - Small Firm' award in 2019.



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.

It is the trainee solicitors who nominate 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.”


Lanyon Bowdler take on four 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.

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

Read our blog about Training to be a Solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler via the link - this article 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.

Contracts Commencing September 2023

The 2022 applications are now closed.

We are currently accepting applications for 2023. Please ensure your application is submitted by the end of December 2021.

Apply for a Training Contract

You can find out more about what it's like training to be a solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler by listening to our podcast.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to brian.evans@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 have been delighted to take on two new trainees in September 2020, Emma Cousins and Laura Jones, who are settling in well. This means that we currently have ten trainee solicitors, showing our commitment to them, and how we consider our trainees to be the future of the firm.

The trainees who joined the firm in September 2019 are featured in the photograph below: Rachael Matthews, Chloe Hassall, Alex Spanner, Gruffydd Owen, Amber Pinnell, Jordan Sadler and Omar Jones-Lewis.



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.

Read blogs written by current and former trainees, by following the links: Training Contract Selection and  Life as a Commercial Trainee Solicitor