Training contracts

Opportunities to qualify with us.

Our next vacancy for a training contract is September 2025. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2024. We do not recommend you to apply for this vacancy before January 2024.

We are a niche family law firm and we do not recommend you apply unless you wish to have a career in family law.

We offer a two year training contract at Dawson Cornwell which will comprise a seat in matrimonial law and a seat in international children law with additional experience provided in a combination of Court of Protection, private client or property law.

A large number of our trainee solicitors are taken on as assistants in the firm after qualification. Even if they are not, they have the advantage of having acquired significantly more experience in family law than trainees in other high profile firms.

Our trainees are encouraged to think about how they might develop their own client base after qualification and are supported in this.

Our minimum requirements

  • A 2.1 degree (not necessarily law); and
  • A family law elective as part of the degree or Legal Practice Course; and
  • Computer literacy

Fluency in a second language is an advantage, though not a requirement.

You are required to have passed both your GDL and LPC or both SQE1 and SQE2 before the proposed start date of the training contract.  We regret we do not provide funding for the course fees.

We evaluate and shortlist all applications after the deadline for submission has passed so please do not expect to hear from us before then, other than an acknowledgment. Those shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview, followed by a second interview, if successful.

How to apply

To apply for a training contract, please download the Microsoft Word document and return the completed form by email to Partner, Helen Kings on

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