At McMillan Williams, personal development is just as important as corporate maturity. We believe our organisation is only as good as those that work for and with us. Working for MW is more than just a job.

We welcome interest from any legal discipline, irrespective of length of experience.

For an informal and confidential chat, please contact either:

Dionne Allen
Dionne Allen
Partner, Director Regulation, People and Standards
020 3551 8070
dionne.allen@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Hilary Soanes
Hilary Soanes
Head of Support Operations
020 8645 8220
hilary.soanes@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Catherine Griffiths
Catherine Griffiths
Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager
020 8645 8220
Catherine.Griffiths@mwsolicitors.co.uk

MW is a committed meritocratic employer and our workforce represents that.  We recently topped the Black Solicitor's Network's survey in total demographic diversity, and placed first or second in total ethnic minority or female paralegals, associates, and Partners.

We are committed to a policy of treating all our Employees, workers and job applicants equally. No Employee or potential Employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any ‘protected characteristic’, namely:

  • Age (or perceived age)

  • Disability (past or present)

  • Gender reassignment

  • Marriage or civil partnership status

  • Race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation

Diversity is in Our DNA

McMillan Williams strongly believes that it has a responsibility to be a good Corporate citizen and we exhibit this by investing in our people and the people we represent. You can read more about our committment to, and celebration, of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of our business on Our Diversity page.

McMillan Williams adopts a unique approach to recruitment. We believe in rewarding hard work and talent from within the firm and so we recruit our trainee solicitors by employing them first as paralegals for a 12 to 15 month period.

The Training Contract


Catherine Griffiths
Catherine Griffiths
Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager

The training contract at MW follows the typical two year fixed term contract format, with trainees usually sitting in four different departments throughout the training contract.  Trainees rotate seats every six months and must sit at least one contentious seat.

At MWSL we recognise the importance of gaining valuable legal work experience and strive to provide an enjoyable yet challenging work experience scheme.


Catherine Griffiths
Catherine Griffiths
Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide insight into what life is like at MWSL.  The scheme is open to all students who are considering a career within the legal sector and who are currently studying an undergraduate degree (law or non-law degree or equivalent) and GDL/LPC students.

Our 2017 Summer Programme will take place between 24th July and 4th August 2017.

How to apply

Applications will open on 1st March 2017 and will close on 28th April 2017.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to Catherine.Griffiths@mwsolicitors.co.uk with the email subject ‘Work experience application’. Cover letters must include details of the office locations and areas of practice candidates are interested in working in. Successful candidates will be contacted by 26th May 2017.

Schools Programme

In addition to our Summer Programme, we aim to support local schools and colleges. MWSL currently partners with Enabling Enterprise, an award winning social enterprise, that works with primary and secondary schools and with businesses to bring the world of work into the classroom through lesson-time projects, challenge days and inspiring visits to businesses.  You can find out more about Enabling Enterprise by visiting their website at http://enablingenterprise.org.

If you (or your school) would like further information on the programme, please contact Enabling Enterprise via their website.

We regret that we unable to accommodate work experience requests that fall outside of our formal programmes.

 

Each year MW holds the Advocacy Competition, an event which has become the highlight of the training calendar and is a mandatory part of the training and development of all Paralegals and Trainees.

Each year, MW holds it’s Advocacy Competition. A mandatory event for all internal paralegals, trainees and newly qualified solicitors with up to two years Post Qualification Experience.  The videos below explain in depth why it forms such an important part of our training and development programme.

Part 1

Part 2

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