Training Contracts

Birkett Long has a long history of providing training opportunities and regularly recruits graduates for training contracts.

We have recruited internally in recent years but are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for training contracts to commence in September 2023.

Applications for 2023 intake are to be made via the online form only.


Our main priority in recruiting trainees is for the long-term. We hope for more than just a two year contract which comes to an end with the trainee moving on; rather, our aim is that we will then have a solicitor committed to Essex and to Birkett Long. We have an extremely high retention rate for our trainees with many now Associates, Senior Associates and Partners with the firm.

Whilst our applicants must have a strong academic record, we are also looking for some extra “depth” – well-rounded individuals with interests which will enhance a career in the law. We are a firm which values quality and provides the highest level of client care, and it is therefore important to us to recruit individuals with similar values.

Our recruitment process

We are recruiting for September 2023 intake. The application period will be between 1 February 2022 and 6 June 2022.

We usually seek applications from those who have achieved 2:1 (or higher) and who will have completed their LPC by the start date, preferably achieving a Commendation (or higher).

Please not that the first round of interviews will be held on the 11 and 12 July. No alternative dates will be offered.

The second round of interviews will be held on the 26 July. No alternative dates will be offered.

We keep in touch with our successful candidates during the period prior to the training contract commencement date. You can expect to receive regular updates and invitations to join us for some social functions so that we all know one another a little better when the time comes for the training contract to begin.

We are hoping to recruit three candidates.


Each trainee will have the opportunity to cover four seats of six months’ duration across the firm, one of which must be a contentious seat. The seats may be based in any of our three offices. The first seat is selected by us but, wherever possible, based of any stated preference by the trainee. Once the trainee has joined us, regular discussion takes place regarding the remaining three seats, with trainees having the opportunity to cover their main interests, so far as is possible, to enable an early decision to be taken as to which discipline the trainee wishes to qualify into.

The firm is divided into three departments – Commercial, Private Client and Real Estate.  Our areas of work include:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Intellectual Property
  • Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes
  • Property – Commercial and Residential
  • Agriculture & Estates Team
  • Business - Commercial and Corporate Finance
  • BLHR and Employment
  • Divorce Family
  • Personal Tax Trust and Probate

The firm also offers Independent Financial Services (BL IFA) and Human Resources (BL HR) advice to clients.

Career development

We often hold lunches and business meetings with our trainees to ensure good communication.

We have a Mentoring Scheme in place to provide support and advice about career development to trainees and to newly qualified solicitors.

We have a formal career structure in place - from trainee to equity partner. Set criteria are in place which need to be fulfilled to secure an invitation to associate, senior associate or subsequently, to partnership level.


Birkett Long provides a good work/life balance for all employees, including trainees. We are looking for people who can communicate at all levels, are driven by ambition and have a sense of fun.

We have an active Social & Charity Committee which organises regular activities (including theatre trips, ten pin bowling, quizzes etc) for all staff as well as spearheading the fundraising for our annual “charity of the year”.  We also host many sporting activities, including cricket, golf, football, tennis and netball.

Our culture is such that we both care for our staff and listen to their suggestions and ideas.

Start date

The Training Contracts normally commence on 1 September.

The first few days will be spent in induction which provides an introduction to our case management system, policies, procedures and working practices. The process is designed to ensure that staff are eased into our working environment as smoothly as possible.


Applications for 2023 intake are to be made via the online form only.

The application from will only be available from 01 February 2022 and 6 June 2022. Applications after this date will not be considered.

Please submit your application form to

All other enquiries should be sent to Rhiann Wilford - but NO applications or CV’s should be sent to this address as they will not be considered.