Training contract

One of the best things about Penningtons Manches Cooper is its mix of corporate/commercial and people-based work.

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We know our trainee solicitors are happiest and most successful when busy with good quality work. We believe in introducing trainees to challenging cases and recognise the value of real responsibility and direct client contact. However, our experienced solicitors are always ready to give support when this is needed.


You'll be given a thorough grounding in the law, spending time in the various practice groups within the firm's main business divisions; business services, private individuals and real estate. We ensure trainees gain a broad experience during their training contract to avoid too specialised an approach before qualification.

Training programme

We offer training contracts in London, Basingstoke/Reading, Cambridge, Guildford and Oxford. To see an example of what seats are available during a training contract in one of our locations, please click here. Please note that seats available vary each year.

You'll complete four six-month seats across the firm's three divisions: private individuals, business services and real estate.

Your time with us begins with a week-long induction. Thereafter, throughout the year, there are quarterly training sessions specifically for trainees as well as team know-how and training sessions. Additionally, the Professional Skills Course is provided.

Support when needed

As well as having a seat supervisor in each of the divisions, you will be allocated a trainee buddy and mentor. Your mentor will be a partner or senior associate who will be someone you can go to for impartial advice and help during your training contract. Your buddy will be a trainee who is a year ahead of you and will be able to answer the questions that you may not want to ask someone more senior. The trainee appraisal system also ensures that you are given regular feedback and support.

Be your own person

We recruit between 15 and 18 trainees a year and value each and every one of them. You will get to know everyone else in your year and the year above you and meet up with them regularly at training sessions. As a trainee at Penningtons Manches Cooper, you will certainly have a life outside work. We don't deny that at times you will be asked to work longer hours - nevertheless, our relaxed work-life culture enables trainees to continue with their hobbies, interests and social commitments.

Sports and social

Each office has a sports and social committee made up of solicitors, trainees and support staff. The committees organise regular outings such as theatre trips, summer barbecues, drinks evenings and ten pin bowling. In addition, at least two firmwide social events are organised every year giving partners and staff across the offices an opportunity to get together in an informal atmosphere.

After qualification

We hope that the trainee solicitors we recruit will prove to be the firm's future partners. A training contract with Penningtons Manches Cooper will offer you the opportunity to develop into a capable and confident lawyer who is able to help us maintain our standards of excellence.

How to apply

To apply for a training contract to start in 2022, please complete our online application form by accessing The recruitment timetable is as follows:

  1. Applications open: 30 September 2019
  2. Applications close: 31 July 2020 (we will review applications on a rolling basis)
  3. Interviews: from April to September 2020
  4. Join Penningtons Manches Cooper: September 2022

We often visit recruitment fairs at law schools, so please do come and see us.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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.

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