Frequently asked questions

What do your assessment processes consist of?

We operate two separate assessment processes - one for our UK summer vacation schemes and the other for our UK training contract opportunities. All applications start with our online application form which can be found here and if you're successful you'll be asked to take a psychometric test. 

If you are successful with your application for our summer vacation schemes, you will be invited to an assessment centre. These are conducted at our offices and have a range of exercises, from an interview to a group exercise. To be considered for a training contract, you will take part in a final interview at the end of your vacation scheme experience. 

The selection process for our training contract opportunities is made up of a comprehensive assessment centre. This will be made up of a range of exercises and two separate interviews where you will meet up to four partners and senior associates.  



What is the firm's response to Covid-19 and graduate recruitment activity?

As a firm, the health and wellbeing of our staff and prospective employees is of utmost importance. We are following government guidance closely and will offered a range of in person and virtual events in 2022/23. 


Do you accept applications from candidates who have obtained a 2:2?

Our minimum academic requirements are stipulated under the 'eligibility and selection criteria' section. However, we realise that there may be mitigating circumstances behind why potential applicants may not have achieved the requisite grades or degree classification. As such, there is a dedicated section on our application form where you can fully explain these circumstances. This information will  be taken into consideration when reviewing your application. 


Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?

Yes. Should you be successful, we will do our best to obtain a work permit for you. However, our offer will be conditional upon us being able to secure a work permit on your behalf from the UK Border Agency. 


Does it matter where or what I study / studied for my undergraduate degree?

We believe in the benefits of having a diverse workforce and do not have any preferences in terms of which university you attend / have attended or what you study / have studied - this is entirely your decision.


How do you keep in touch with your future trainees?

We host a range of social activities for our future trainees in any given year to integrate them with the firm and to make the beginning of their training contract as less daunting as possible.



How much responsibility can I expect during my training contract?

During the course of your training contract, you will be given as much responsibility as possible. Depending on the department that you are based in, you will be given your own files to run or will work as an integral part of a team on contentious and / or non-contentious matters. You will also find that many clients will eventually contact you directly with any questions that they may have.


What makes Trowers & Hamlins different?

We believe that the sheer diversity of our practice, our ethos and the quality of work you will get involved in will make your training contract a challenging (yet enjoyable!) experience. Where else could you work on Middle Eastern infrastructure projects in one seat, major urban regeneration in another, and private equity deals in a third?

We are a firm that recruits to retain. We take on a sensible number of trainees every year that we can personally get to know and professionally mentor, and are looking at them to contribute brightly and strongly to our long-term future.



What is the process for deciding where I will qualify?

Approximately five months before you are due to qualify, you will be invited to a meeting with our Training Principal and Head of Graduate Recruitment & Development, who will explain the process to you. All vacancies are advertised internally to the qualifying intake and each trainee has the opportunity to apply to a couple of departments of interest. Each department will conduct their own interview process and, thereafter, offers are made. You will normally be told at least three months before the end of your training contract the department / office that you will join upon qualification (if you are successful).


Am I able to qualify into one of your overseas offices?

Yes, provided they have a vacancy. All overseas positions are advertised at the NQ process stage along with vacancies in the UK. It is also possible to qualify into one of our UK offices and to transfer overseas at a later date.


How to apply?

The deadline for our UK summer vacation schemes is 15 January 2023, and the deadline for our training contract applications is the 31st July 2023.

Please note that any potential applicant is only able to apply to one particular office.



When is the firm introducing the SQE?

We are introducing our SQE programme from May 2024. If you are applying for a training contract to commence in 2024 you will need to complete SQE 1 and 2 and two years' qualifying work experience. For more information on the SQE, please visit the SRA website