Who we are
Machins Solicitors is a highly regarded full-services law firm with over 100 staff working across our two offices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We offer a wide range of legal services across both commercial and private client sectors, with our client base ranging from individuals, soles traders, SMEs, national and international businesses individuals through to multinational corporations.
We are proud of our highly experienced legal team with backgrounds from reputable local and City firms as well as current partners who themselves joined the firm as trainee solicitors. A total of 14 lawyers have been recommended across the practice in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK. Machins also achieved eight practice area recommendations including top-tier firm recommendation in the area of family law.
The last few years has seen exciting changes for the firm, including the Luton office location move to larger premises in early 2019. The new office in Luton is now double the size which will facilitate the continued growth and expansion of the firm over the next few years.
We offer three training contracts each year for law and non-law graduates from a variety of backgrounds.
The aim of our training contracts is to offer a rich variety of work experience providing on-the-ground team-based experience enabling each and every individual to find the practice area that they are best suited to. We offer four seats lasting six months each. You will work directly with a partner in each department who will be your training supervisor. You will also be allocated a mentor, who will be a partner or senior solicitor, who can provide ongoing advice, support and feedback along the way.
Training seats currently offered are:-
- Dispute Resolution
- Company Commercial
- Commercial Property
- Family Law
- Private Client
- Residential Conveyancing
We pride ourselves with offering top quality training and view the development of our trainees as critical to the future growth of the firm. It will leave you equipped with excellent career prospects as well as hands-on legal experience and strong commercial acumen. We are confident that, once qualified, you will choose to stay with us. Our retention rate is high – you will see from our team profiles that a high number of our partners and solicitors trained with Machins.
What’s in it for you?
A training contract is the first step in your legal career. We make every effort to provide our trainees with the opportunity to gain experience outside of just developing their technical expertise and to become well-rounded solicitors with a real investment in the firm. We involve trainees at the earliest stage in marketing and business development initiatives valuing your contribution to the firm’s future from day one. We aim to offer a steady balance between responsibility and support, and you’ll be surprised at the degree of client contact that you will have from an early stage in your training contract.
During your training with us, you can expect:-
- Healthy balance between responsibility and support throughout your training
- Exposure to broad range of clients and work
- Involvement with a range of marketing initiatives and events, networking events, charitable activities and projects as well as some fun social activities
- Support for new ideas, projects and initiatives that you want to initiate
- 1-2-1 mentoring with a partner, associate or senior solicitor throughout your training
We pride ourselves on employing people who are approachable, and if you have any questions, you won’t be short of people to ask.
Ideally, the candidate will:
We are looking for strong all-round, commercially-minded individuals. We recruit on the basis of potential. We are interested in you and what you can bring to Machins to enrich our expanding team.
In particular, we look for:-
- Strong academic ability (degree of 2:1 or above, not necessarily in law). If you do not have a 2:1 but still think we should consider you, please tell us why in your covering letter;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and clear written and oral communication;
- A demonstrable interest in law and a strong commercial acumen;
- Ability to assimilate, analyse and present information clearly and precisely;
- Self-motivated, ambitious individuals looking to develop a career beyond qualification;
- LPC and GDL (if applicable) completed by intake date.
How can I apply?
Please send your current C.V. together with a covering letter to [email protected]. The deadline for our July 2021 intake is 1st March 2020. Please quote reference “Website 2021”.
Initial interviews will then take place in early April, followed by an assessment day shortly after for successful candidates, before final interviews take place towards the end of April.
If you take the time to submit an application, we will take the time to read it.
What our current trainees say
“From day one, I have felt encouraged, trusted and supported in all matters I have assisted on. Not once have I felt intimidated to ask questions, knowing that no matter how trivial it appears, every member of the team will assist me and give me an intelligible response to my problem.” Samantha Ball (Trainee Solicitor in the Commercial Property team)
“I really enjoy the hands-on approach to training that Machins takes. From the first day I have: sat in on client meetings; discussed cases with clients myself in person and on the telephone and; been asked for my input on what steps should be taken on matters. I don’t feel like a trainee, I feel like part of the team.” Edward Gill (Trainee Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team)
“Trainees are given direct client contact from the outset which makes your work more valuable in which you are helping find a solution to real people, with real legal problems.” Victoria Grant (Trainee Solicitor in the Family Law team)
“There is a clear effort to ensure that the firm as a whole works together, with meetings involving all the team, clear communication and social events all leading to a co-operative workspace. Trainees are valued from day 1 to be involved with these events, really meaning you feel part of the Machins family the second you start.” Radha Chauhan (Trainee Solicitor in the Private Client team)
Do you offer any sponsorship or grants?
Unfortunately no grants are currently offered.
Will I be working across both offices?
Yes, trainees could be based in either our Luton or Berkhamsted office, and applicants should have means of transport to either office.
I’m still doing my degree, when can I apply?
If you are in your final year and are due to complete your LPC by June 2021, you can apply now for our training contract commencing July 2021. However, if you are in your penultimate year and will therefore not have completed your LPC by June 2021, you can apply in January 2021 for training contracts commencing in July 2022. We look forward to receiving your application!
Can I choose which seats I do?
For each of your seats, you can express a preference as to which team you would like experience in. We try to take these preferences into account where possible, but sometimes the seats offered depend on the business needs of each department at the time. We will usually try to accommodate your preference for your final seat which will be the team you hope to qualify into.