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On our tailored programme, we give you the best training experience possible, with a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession. As well as high quality work and unique levels of responsibility and client exposure, you’ll enjoy personalised development that takes your individual interests, ambitions and needs into account.

It all starts from the moment you accept our offer, with a programme of events and communications leading up to when you join the firm and take your first steps to becoming a qualified lawyer.

Your training starts on day one at our Crown Place Headquarters, where you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow Trainees and begin to build a network of contacts across the firm.

Once you have completed PPC1 and returned to the office to commence your first seat, we will also organise a local office induction for you.

On our two-year training programme, you’ll enjoy the chance to build both the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly-qualified Solicitor and business advisor.

Throughout the programme you’ll gain broad exposure to different areas of the firm by moving seat every five to six months. The training in each seat is ‘front loaded’ to enable you to quickly develop legal knowledge of each area and take on real responsibility. When you qualify, you’ll have fully informed idea of which practice areas interest you and can take your career to the next level in your chosen specialism.

Our Graduate Development and local HR teams will support you throughout your Training Contract, from liaising with the wider business on seat allocation, to meeting with you regularly to offer personal or professional support and guidance.

Our trainee salaries are subject to review on an annual basis. The salary rates at July 2020 are as follows:

1st Year – €45,000
2nd year – €47,000
Upon qualification – €70,000

Entry requirements


from your Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent.


already gained or predicted to achieve.

If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

Law school sponsorship

Applicants to our Dublin Office must undertake the Professional Practice Course I and the Professional Practice Course II (PPC I & PPC II) during their Training Contract.

As a firm we’re keen to ensure we recruit the most talented people and so in order to help ensure fair access to the profession we are willing to cover the cost of these fees.

Reward package


1st Year

2nd Year

Upon qualification

Additional benefits


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What we believe makes a great Trainee


We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.


You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.


With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.


With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.


You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions, With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.


You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.


You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.


You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

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Our recruitment process

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline.

Qualification and beyond

Our investment in your training means we’ll do everything possible to continue your career with us after qualification. We carefully control the number of Trainees in the business to maximise retention. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop. At the moment, we retain 80% of our Trainees.

We run a fair and transparent NQ selection process.  Our graduate development team work with the business to identify which roles are available and circulate a list. You’ll be able to apply for any relevant, available vacancies across the firm’s offices. The recruitment process is centrally managed and includes interviews and technical skills assessments. The outcomes will be based on your performance at assessment and throughout your training contract. This gives you every opportunity to further your career with a leading, well-respected firm in your chosen area of law.

After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. With a wide range of courses available through the Pinsent Masons Academy, as well as in your practice area, you’ll have plenty of scope to develop your skills, add to your responsibilities and build a successful career.

Want to know more?

You can meet us prior to submitting an application by attending one of our events. Details of all upcoming events can be found in our events calendar.

In the meantime, why not follow us on our social media channels where you can receive up-to-date news from the firm and find out more about developments across the legal sector?

If you’ve any other questions relating to this programme, take a look through these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question that needs answering, email the Training Contract team at [email protected]

Some frequently asked questions

Usually, we offer around 68 Training Contracts each year across the UK and 4 in our Dublin office. We review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.

No, we understand you could have other commitments that prevent you from doing an Internship, so we also run assessment centres for direct applicants. Having said that, our Summer Internship programme offers an ideal opportunity for you to understand the firm and vice versa.

Yes, if you want to defer your start date for 12 months. We look at these on a case-by-case basis, taking our business needs into account. If you want to defer, you should give us reasonable notice before your agreed start date by contacting us at [email protected].

Our Training Contract gives you experience-based professional training across four seats. This means you experience a variety of teams and gain a well-rounded view of our business. If you have extensive legal work experience, you can apply for ‘Credit’ and we’ll consider your case in line with the Law Society of Ireland guidelines and the needs of the business.

You can let us know which seat you’d prefer for each move and we’ll do our best to meet your request, in line with Law Society of Ireland guidelines and our business needs.

We aim to retain as many Trainees as possible and at the moment our retention rate is over 80%. We can only offer the positions which have been identified as part of our NQ process. That’s why we encourage you to keep an open mind about the practice area and location you’d like to qualify in.

Applications are: closed