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:

Hilary Soanes
Hilary Soanes
Head of Support Operations
020 8645 8220

Danny Cash
Danny Cash
Graduate Learning and Development Manager
020 8645 8220

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 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.

Summer Work Experience Programme Experience

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

Danny Cash
Danny Cash
Graduate Learning and Development Manager

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide an 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 2018 two week summer programme will take place between 2nd July and 13th July 2018.

How to apply

Applications will open on 1st March 2018 and will close on 28th April 2018.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to with the email subject ‘Work experience application’, addressed to Danny Cash, Graduate Learning and Development Manager.

Cover letters must include details of the office locations and areas of practice you are interested in working in.

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. Successful candidates will be contacted by 28th May 2018.

What previous students on the programme have said…

Samantha Fennah - Univeristy of Law Guildford (GDL & LPC Msc) - MW London Bridge

I applied to the MWSL work experience programme as I was keen to gain experience in a large multi office firm, particularly in the private client division as this is the area of law which I felt best suited me and my skills. I had previous experience as a part-time paralegal in a high-street firm with an office close to an MWSL office so when I saw that they ran a work experience programme I was keen to apply. I was lucky enough to be given a place on the programme and spent two weeks in London Bridge reporting to Andy Grant a partner in the private client department.

Andy threw me in at the deep end and allowed me to get involved in all aspects of his team’s work. I was taken to client meetings and undertook complex drafting tasks which meant I learnt a lot in a short space of time, something that I found extremely valuable. Andy was a great mentor, encouraging me to learn about MWSL as a business and giving me a excellent insight into the culture of the company. I went on to successfully apply for a paralegal role at the firm within the Private Client Services division, which is part of their graduate development programme. I look forward to developing my career at MWSL.

Renelle Roach - Kingston University (LLB and LLM) - MW New Addington / MW Westminster

Renelle Roach
Renelle Roach

I applied to the MWSL work experience programme with little previous exposure to law in practice. I was eager to gain some practical experience to help me decide whether law was definitely a career that I would want to pursue before committing myself to the LPC. I was aware of MWSL as, being from South London, I live near several local offices, and was pleased when I secured a place on the two week programme. I was based in the New Addington office under the supervision of a Crime solicitor. I was also paired with a trainee within the department to offer advice and guidance during the course of the programme.

I got exposure to various aspects of the team’s day-to-day work such as meeting clients, reading through cases and watching key pieces of evidence. This inspired me and sparked an interest in criminal defence work. I worked hard, staying later than I was required to to continue the work I was doing and to show commitment to the opportunity. It was this dedication and hard work that led to me being offered a three month internship with the company and I have now secured a paralegal role in the Crime and Extradition division as part of the graduate development programme. I eagerly look forward to developing my career at MWSL.


In addition to our Work Experience, 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

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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