Get the inside buzz from graduates at Irwin Mitchell

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 47 ratings in 2018)
"Approachable, modern, responsive."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
8.8 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.3 / 10


  • Trainees are offered challenging and high-quality work from the time they start working.
  • People of all levels are approachable and meet for regular social events.
  • Many feel that the informal training at the firm is of excellent quality.
  • There is a lot of diversity support for LGBT, minorities and women.


  • There can be limited choice and transparency regarding seat moves.
  • The challenging workload and levels of responsibility can feel overwhelming to some.
  • The salary is seen as being low when compared to similar firms.
  • Some trainees consider the IT systems to be of lower quality than at other firms.

What insiders say about...

"For the interview, I would have a couple of competency scenarios ready and prepared...."

"There is a very friendly atmosphere within the office. The Partners and supervisors..."

"I did a two-week induction and professional skills course at the beginning of my..."

"You are provided with a trainee mentor, which is nice because it's a familiar face..."

"The Southampton office is in the centre of town. The office space is not cramped..."

"They vary, although it is not unusual to be doing 45 – 50 hours a week in some..."

"Pay is market-comparable. As a trainee we do not get bonuses and I do not know how..."

"We have a wide array of corporate perks. These include recognition schemes with vouchers..."

"Through my own personal experience, I applied for a training contract at Irwin Mitchell..."

"There were a series of competency questions, such as a highlighting a period when..."

"You are given training and information about how the firm reduces its carbon footprint..."

"Irwin Mitchell is very committed to diversity, with various steering groups set up..."

"Although my work has varied depending on the seat that I am in, such as when I was..."

"I have worked with the Irish in Birmingham charity providing a biweekly legal advice..."

"There's a lot of variety in the work and you're provided with lots of responsibility...."

"Having to pick between private client and corporate from the outset for your training..."

"I attended events led by the firm such as open evenings and liked the friendly culture,..."

"The retention rates are consistent within the firm and I have experienced transparency..."

"Our head of business legal services started life in personal legal services and the..."

"Friendly, welcoming, caring."

"The firm has ongoing links to schools from less privileged areas who are afforded..."

"Put induction days into place for each trainee when they take up a new seat to give..."

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