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:

Hilary Soanes
Hilary Soanes
Head of Legal Support Operations



We would like to hear from ambitious LPC graduates (or soon to be LPC graduates) who are looking to begin their legal careers and work towards qualification. We believe our unique approach to recruiting talented solicitors of the future is second to none.  We reward 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.  Whilst training contracts are not guaranteed, our approach to recruiting and retaining talent at MW works, and this is reflected in our extremely high success rate of transferring paralegals onto a training contract.

As a paralegal, you will assist fee earners with the profitable management of their caseload whilst practicing the highest codes of professional conduct and customer service.

Training Contracts

The training 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 covering at least three areas of law and at least one contentious seat.  Our trainees are expected to undertake seats across the MW network of offices providing a broad and varied training experience.

At MW, we try wherever possible, to accommodate the preferences of each trainee when determining which seats are to be covered.  Before each seat rotation, you will meet with the Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager to discuss your future aspirations and seat choices that best meets your needs.

Our trainees are given responsibility from the outset with full support from their supervisor. However, the support doesn’t end there as our dedicated Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager will be with you every step of your journey to qualification.

We take great pride in the training and career prospects offered at MW.  Our objective is to identify exceptional candidates, train them "The MW Way" and retain them as the next generation of lawyers.

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.

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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 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.

Work Experience


At MW Solicitors 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 Manager

Summer Work Experience Programme

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide an insight into what life is like at MW. You will gain real and valuable experience within one or more of our departments working alongside our solicitors undertaking real work.
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 2020 two week summer programme will take place from 29th June to 10th July 2020.

How to apply

Applications will open on 1st January 2020 and will close on 28th February 2020.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to with the email subject ‘Work experience application’, addressed to Catherine Griffiths, Graduate 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 and candidates will be contacted directly. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are not able to respond directly to all candidates. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by 1st May 2020.


MW Schools Programme

In addition to our Work Experience, we aim to support local schools and colleges. MW Solicitors 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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