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Training Contracts

Most of our trainees are people who have impressed us on our vacation schemes or through internal recruitment from our paralegal population. We recruit exclusively through these channels for our London and Manchester training contracts.

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A Global Future

As a trainee here, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our household-name clients, spend time in an overseas office, or take up secondments in areas of specific interest. If you have ambition, we’ll help you harness it and use it to create a career without boundaries.

Training contracts in Manchester are obtained exclusively by internal paralegals with no route through a vacation scheme and for our London/Guildford training contracts, these seats are obtained by internal paralegals OR through our vacation schemes.


Where you could work

You’ll be based in either our Manchester or London office. They have slightly different opportunities in terms of specialisms, salaries and grants:


Here you’ll complete three seats in London and one seat in Guildford, and have the opportunity to apply for an international or client secondment. The combination of a wide variety of practice areas, local offices and international and client opportunities, means you’ll have the chance to experience a broad exposure to our whole network. Trainee salaries and grants: Year 1: £42,000 Year 2: £44,500 Newly Qualified: £80,000 Maintenance grant for PGDL and SQE (if you study in London): £9,600


In Manchester you’ll complete four seats in either employment, healthcare, insurance, real estate, banking, financial & professional disputes or projects & construction. You may also have the chance to apply for a client secondment. Perfect for people who want to be based regionally and part of a global law firm with world-class training and development opportunities. Trainee salaries and grants: Year 1: £28,000 Year 2: £30,500 Newly Qualified (into Non-Casualty teams): £55,000 Maintenance grant for PGDL and SQE: £7,700

Let's take it step by step

Our strengths-based recruitment process is based on fairness and equity. It’s designed to help us identify what motivates you to work at a city law firm, over your learnt experiences, and helps you show us the most authentic version of yourself. Here’s how it works:

Applications open

For all programmes, you’ll need to make your application online via our online application system. At this stage you’ll just need to complete your basic personal information. No lengthy written tasks for you to complete here.

Digital simulation

Following your online application, you will be invited to complete our digital simulation. It’s an assessment you can complete in your own time and space. It constraints a variety of questions with responses being a mix between written and video. They’re designed to present you with some of the challenges you can expect to face at Clyde & Co. Some questions will try to understand your motivations behind your application. It’s about as realistic as it gets. For more advice and tips on how to approach this stage, visit the learning hub. We then invite eligible candidates, who performed best in the digital simulation to the final stage – our assessment centre.

Assessment centre

This is the final stage of the process. Here, we are assessing candidates based on the strengths that will deliver success in a role. As part of the assessment day, you will take part in a commercial thinking exercise, a role play scenario, a group exercise and a strengths-based interview.


Our favourite part – the offer. We’ll call you to let you know if you’ve been successful, if you’re not, we’ll offer you some feedback for development.

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Emma Winyard-Church

First seat trainee, London

“I have been impressed by the wealth of speaker and panel events hosted by our practice groups and D&I networks. Listening to a survivor of the 7/7 bombings who went on to become a paralympian and attending a talk with the first black British captain of the England rugby team have been inspirational. As a first seat trainee, I have also attended a real estate networking event at a leading financial institution on my own. At Clyde & Co you really are encouraged and trusted to get involved with networking from day one to learn from experienced professionals across disciplines and sectors. ”

Training contract FAQs

We recruit most of our trainees via vacation schemes, but we have direct training contract application routes in Bristol and Belfast.

We also recruit trainees from our existing paralegals, so you may consider this option (please note our paralegals require 12 months of service before they can apply for a training contract). The early careers team do not recruit paralegal roles outside of the paralegal academy, but you can search our job site for available roles.

We don’t – we only have a September intake.

If you join the London and Guildford training contract, one of your seats could be in Guildford.

Possibly – we look at requests on a case-by-case basis.

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