Becoming a Trainee at Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy is on an exciting journey. Start your legal career and training contract here and we'll bring you with us. 

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One of the great things about being a trainee at Howard Kennedy is that you don't just learn about the law. You have the opportunity to get involved with the business as well. We support the sector groups and help with business development initiatives. These are just as important as your legal training.

Adam Fellows, Trainee Solicitor 2019

From day one we'll give you hands-on experience of what life is really like at Howard Kennedy.

Our Open Days and Insight Evening are specifically designed to give you an insight into the firm. During these events, we'll introduce you to the Howard Kennedy training contract experience by taking you through our core expertise and giving you a chance to ask a panel of our people any questions that you might have.

We believe the potential to become an excellent Lawyer is about much more than the school you attended or university you studied at.  This is why throughout the application process, from application form to assessment centre you are encouraged to be yourself. Our assessment process is designed to allow you to highlight your strengths whilst finding out more about what you can expect from a training contract with us.

And if you begin a training contract with us, you'll have access to interesting work and impressive clients. You'll have the opportunity to work directly and collaboratively with people at all levels. You'll play an active part in the social and charity committees at the firm, while also attending client events and assisting with pro bono work.

Want to join us?

If you're ready to take the next step, apply for a training contract 2021.


Trainee application process

Online application

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Looking for a training contract for September 2021? Complete our application form before 3 May. To find out more before completing an application, apply to attend one of our open days or insight evenings.

Online assessment

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If you meet our criteria, we will send you a short assessment to help us score and shortlist our applicants. You'll have one week to complete it!

Video interview

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Ready for your close up? All shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a video interview. Don't be shy, this is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your motivations.

Assessment day

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Come and see our office, meet the Managing Partner and get the low down from our current trainees. You will be assessed throughout the day but you'll also find out more about us, and hopefully have some fun too!


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We will confirm all offers by mid-July. If you haven’t been successful this time we will arrange a call to discuss feedback.

Trainee diary

What's it really like to be a trainee at Howard Kennedy? Hear it from our trainees themselves.