Training contracts

We are now accepting applications for training contracts to commence in September 2020.

We consider our trainee solicitors to be the future of our firm. 

We recruit trainees both from within our internal Paralegal pool and externally.  Paralegals are recruited into the business when new vacancies arise in both support and fee earning roles.  Progression and development is offered to paralegals, through the opportunity to apply for a training contract at the annual assessment.

We also welcome applications from motivated LPC graduates from all backgrounds.  Enthusiasm, a commercial outlook, good communication skills and adaptability are all essential skills.  At DMH Stallard you will be working not only in a specialist practise group, but also involved in cross-disciplinary teams.

DMH Stallard views trainees as an important asset of the firm and we expect them to make a significant contribution. As our trainees have direct access to clients from an early stage it is important that good client care skills are developed, which includes being aware of the client’s business or personal goals.  Our goal is to prepare our trainees to be effective solicitors on qualification.

  1. Our training programme
Our training programme comprises four six-month seats across the business, giving trainees the chance to experience working in both contentious and non-contentious practice areas.  Seats are usually offered in: corporate, employment, dispute resolution, personal injury, private client, planning, real estate, real estate dispute resolution, technology, media & telecoms dispute resolution.

Trainees may be required to undertake seats in any of our Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick, London or Guildford offices and it is important that they have the flexibility and willingness to do so.
  1. How can I find out more about DMH Stallard?
In addition to the research you would undertake about the Firm, you may wish to speak to someone who works at DMH Stallard.  Representatives from DMH Stallard attend a number of events over the course of the year. 
  1. Application
To apply, you will need to complete an on-line application form and email it, along with a copy of your CV to


The closing date for applications is 30 March 2020.

There are two assessment days, the first round includes a written exercises and a range of assessments which test the competencies we feel Trainee Solicitors should possess.  The second stage comprises a presentation and interview with the Panel, along with further assessments/tests.  The goal of the assessment process is to identify well rounded applicants who can cope with early responsibility and client contact.  Approximately 50% of candidates who attend the first assessment day will be invited back to the second assessment day.

The assessment days will take place in June and will be confirmed in due course.  Once the dates are confirmed please ensure you are available for those dates as we will be unable to hold further assessments.

If you have any questions please email or call 01293 605067.
  1. Job opportunities for newly qualified solicitors
Our policy is to select and develop trainees who will have, at the end of their training contract, the skills and enthusiasm to continue their career with us.  We endeavour to retain as many trainees as possible, subject to the needs of the business.  Ideal applicants are those with the potential to become effective managers or strong business developers.
If you are a paralegal or a trainee solicitor looking for an exciting new role, why not have a look at our current vacancies page and send us an email. 

Our Trainees and NQ Solicitors participated in the All About Law survey and we’ve been nominated for 10 awards. 

The awards ceremony is on 28 November and we are hoping to bring home a few trophies!
  • Top Law Firm
  • Best Training Contract
  • Best Graduate Recruitment Manager
  • Best Training Principal
  • Best skills for development (Training Contract)
  • Best for growing confidence (Training Contract)
  • Best Training Contract (National Firm)
  • Best Training Contract for career progression
  • Best Training Contract for level of responsibility
  • Best Team Relationship (Training Contract)


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