trainee solicitor jobs

Current vacancies

Company Commercial Solicitor – 4 years+ PQE – Poole/Dorchester

We are seeking a full time Company Commercial Solicitor to work out of both our Dorchester and Poole offices.

The successful candidate will be a Solicitor with 4+ years PQE, who has proven experience of corporate transactions work and a willingness to further develop their skills within company/commercial law.

The role will involve working within a busy team on a very wide range of company /commercial work, which may include: company and business sales and purchases, contract drafting and negotiation (covering all types of contracts including Terms & Conditions of Sale/ Purchase; Supply/ Distribution/ Agency /Franchise agreements etc.), private equity/ investment documentation and other corporate finance related transactions; Shareholders Agreements and disputes, share capital restructuring; employee share option and other incentive schemes; business start-ups, business succession planning; education sector work including academy conversions and multi-academy trusts.

There are excellent opportunities for advancement for those seeking to progress within their career.

For details on how to apply and for a full job description and job specification please email:

5-10 year PQE Lawyer – Residential Land – Swanage

We are seeking a full time 5-10 year PQE Residential Property Lawyer to be based in the Land Department at our Swanage office.

The successful candidate will be a 5-10 years’ PQE Solicitor, Legal Executive or Licensed Conveyancer with extensive overall working knowledge of Residential Property Law.

The position will involve managing a full caseload from instruction to post-completion.   There are excellent opportunities to grow the practice, and potential for career progression for the right candidate.  The main duties are set out in the job description.

For details on how to apply and for a full job description and job specification please email:

5yr+ PQE Commercial Property Solicitor – Commercial Land & Property – Dorchester

We are seeking a 5yr+ PQE Qualified Commercial Property Lawyer (Solicitor preferred) to be based in the Commercial Land & Property Department at our Dorchester office. 

The successful candidate will be 5+ years’ PQE or have the equivalent experience with good overall working knowledge of Commercial Property and Land Law, including Landlord and Tenant law and Enfranchisement law.

The position will involve working alongside two highly experienced Partners, managing a full caseload from instruction to post-completion.  There are excellent opportunities for career progression for the right candidate.

For details on how to apply and for a full job description and job specification please email:

Legal Secretary – Private Client – Bournemouth

We are seeking a Full-Time Legal Secretary to support the Lawyers in the Private Client team at our Bournemouth (Southbourne) office.

This role will suit a skilled Legal Secretary with previous Private Client experience, however, legal secretaries wishing to cross train into this discipline will also be considered. Candidates must have good overall secretarial skills gained within private practice, along with an accurate typing speed of 60 WPM+.

For details on how to apply and for a full job description and job specification please email:

Float Legal Secretary – Full time – Various offices

We are now looking for a full-time Float Legal Secretary to work across multiple offices and disciplines within the firm.

The role will suit a skilled legal secretary who enjoys the variety of working in varying aspects of law. Candidates should have strong legal secretarial skills gained within Private Practice in one or more of the following disciplines; Land law, Private Client, Commercial, Family, Litigation. Skills in land law would be highly beneficial. Candidates must have their own transport and be willing to travel to our Dorchester, Crewkerne, Swanage and Wareham offices. Mileage will be paid. The main duties are set out in the job description.

For details on how to apply and for a full job description and job specification please email:

Apprenticeships can be an alternative route into the legal profession. Instead of heading to college or university, you can take the opportunity to learn on the job and gain valuable industry experience. Humphries Kirk offer Apprenticeships across the Firm, and they are a fantastic way to earn whilst you train in a highly professional environment.

Office Admin Apprentice – Full Time – Bournemouth

We are now seeking a Full time Office Admin Apprentice to be based in the Admin Department at our Bournemouth (Southbourne) office on a 1 year fixed term Apprenticeship.

This role is suitable for candidates who possess previous admin skills that have been gained in a professional office environment. Some previous reception experience is desirable but not essential as training can be given, however candidates must be conscientious and reliable with a professional demeanour and possess excellent communication skills including a good telephone manner. An eye for detail is also essential as is a keen interest in helping colleagues to achieve common goals.

Candidates should be aware that the role will involve a degree of light lifting and carrying (i.e. files) and regular use of stairs. There may also be daily shopping and postal duties that will involve leaving the office for short periods of time as needed.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Admin Level 2 qualification via an appropriate training provider sourced by the Firm.

Please be advised that applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Gateway Training Consortium Limited on behalf of Humphries Kirk LLP, and only those applicants who meet the criteria for the role will be contacted.

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Trainee Solicitor

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Training Contract, however, we are currently taking applications for the 2020 and 2021 intake. When sending your application, please apply by email if possible and specify your preferred year of commencement in the subject header.

What we look for: We recognise the importance of contributing to the next generation of Solicitors and as a leading local law firm, we are proud to offer excellent training and support. Trainee Solicitors also provide a valuable resource to our busy Firm, therefore, candidates must be prepared to undertake a wide range of tasks and go the extra mile in preparation and recognition of the fact that this is a profession that is going to require an incredibly high degree of dedication, tenacity, flexibility and hard work. Desirable traits will include; good communication skills, strong academic skills and a good work ethic. Ties to the region are desirable but not a pre-requisite. Please note that Training Contracts are normally only offered on a full-time basis.

Candidate Eligibility: In order to apply, you will have completed your law degree or be able to verify predicted results.  Candidates will normally have been accepted onto an LPC before applying, but in any event, it is a condition that all appointed Trainees must have successfully completed the LPC prior to commencement of the Training Contract. If you have taken an alternative route to qualification, you will be required to supply appropriate details and qualification results.

Applying for a Training Contract: Your application should be emailed or posted to us and will be held on file. By email: Please entitle your email – ‘Trainee Solicitor Application’
By post: Trainee Solicitor Applications, Humphries Kirk Solicitors, Glebe House, North Street, Wareham, BH20 4AN.

Applications must include the following information:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter detailing; details of any relevant work experience, your degree results/predicted results, dates of your LPC, any areas of law where you have a specific interest and your preferred start date (please note, we will not normally consider candidates wishing to commence after next year).

Your application will be held on file. In the event that you are selected for interview, we will contact you, at which point you will be required to undertake our full application process.