Early Careers

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Each year, we recruit exceptional talent from a range of disciplines to help us continue to provide a personal, innovative, and high-quality service for our clients. The expertise of our partners and lawyers, combined with our collaborative approach and award-winning training and wellbeing programmes, makes the firm an exciting place to begin your legal career. 

We hope the trainee solicitors we recruit will continue to develop with us and go on to become our future partners. A training contract with Penningtons Manches Cooper will offer you the opportunity to grow into a knowledgeable and confident lawyer whose career will thrive, helping us to maintain our standards of excellence and making an individual contribution that will drive us further as a firm.

We welcome applications from all degree disciplines and from applicants at all stages of their careers – we see the value people can bring when they have gained relevant experience in other roles. In addition to our vacation scheme and trainee solicitor programme, we offer work experience placements that aim to provide support and guidance to students from a variety of backgrounds.

Come and speak to us

Below are details of our events and where you can meet us on campus from October 2023. Join us there and speak to trainees, partners and the early careers team to find out why the firm is a great place to start your career. 


Event Date Time
The Legal Cheek October UK Virtual Law Fair: Future Lawyers Hub 10 October 2023 14:00 - 17:00
All About Law Virtual Law Fair - Application top tips 16 October 2023 12:00 - 13:00
BPP Online Law Fair Expo 18 October 2023 14:00 - 16:00
All About Law Virtual Law Fair - How to network 19 October 2023 10:00 - 11:00
All About Law Virtual Discussion - Thriving in the digital age: technology and innovation in the legal sector 19 October 2023 15:00 - 16:00
University of Oxford - Law Fair  21 October 2023 10:30 - 13:30
University of Cambridge - Law Fair 24 October 2023 14:00 - 18:00
University of Reading - Law Fair 25 October 2023 12:30 - 15:00
University of Kent - Law Fair 2 November 2023 10:00 - 15:00
University of Law (Guildford) - Law Fair 8 November 2023 14:15 - 16:30
University of Birmingham - Law Fair  8 November 2023 13:00 - 17:00
All About Law Panel Discussion - Breaking barriers: inclusive strategies for legal careers 8 November 2023 16:00 - 17:00
University of Law (Reading) - Law Fair  15 November 2023 14:00 - 16:00
University of Southampton - Law Fair  15 November 2023 16:00 - 19:30
Legal Cheek Virtual Law Fair 21 November 2023 14:00 - 17:00
BPP Cambridge - Virtual Presentation  7 December 2023 16:00 - 17:00

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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