Training Contracts 2019

Applications for 2019 are now closed. 

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

We have recruited internally over the past number of years but are pleased to be able to advise that we are now recruiting for a training contract to commence in September 2019.

Birkett Long LLP is interested in attracting applications from 2:1 (or higher) candidates who will have completed their LPC prior to the start date, preferably achieving a Commendation (or higher).


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 a high retention rate for our trainees, and a number of them are now 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 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). 

We keep in touch with our successful candidates during the period prior to the training contract commencement date, receiving regular updates of their progress and development and inviting them 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.


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, wherever possible, on the basis of any stated preference. Once the trainee has joined us, a 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
  • Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes
  • Property – Commercial and Residential
  • Agriculture & Estates Team
  • Business
  • 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, 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 Events & Fundraising Committee which organises monthly activities (including theatre trips, ten pin bowling, quizzes etc) for all staff spearheading 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. Awards are presented to members of staff whose good ideas are implemented.

Start date

Training contracts usually start in September.

The first week is 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.


Birkett Long LLP is interested in attracting applications from 2:1 (or higher) candidates who will have completed their LPC prior to the start date, preferably achieving a Commendation (or higher).

Applications for 2019 are now closed.  

Our Candidate Privacy Notice can be found here.

Enquiries should be sent to Liz O'Mahony - but no applications should be sent to this address.

Paralegal opportunities are advertised on the vacancies page on our website when they arise.