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With a New Year comes a New Seat

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The return from the Christmas break as a trainee not only means a return to work, but a fresh start in a new seat (i.e. department). For me, this means a move from our Private Family department into my second seat in Private Client. It also means I am back in our Luton office having

PSC Core Modules – All Bark, No Bite?

Trainee Blog

It will come as no surprise that having completed your undergraduate qualifying law degree, and your postgraduate Legal Practice Course (LPC) (or as it is now known, Solicitors Qualifying Exam) that the exams do not end there. Once you embark on your training contract, in order to successfully satisfy the SRA’s requirements that you are

Who are we?

Machins Solicitors is a highly regarded full-service 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, international businesses and multinational corporations.

We are recognised in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK achieving seven practice area recommendations including a top-tier firm recommendation in the area of family law.

We are proud of our highly experienced legal team with backgrounds from reputable local and City firms. We achieve great results when it comes to staff retention; take a look at our partners, some of whom joined us as trainees! Cultivating a sense of pride in your work is at the core of our staff ethos – we aim to go above and beyond when it comes to valuing and investing in our employees.

We want Machins to be a great place to work so we take the time to listen to feedback and understand what we can do to support our workforce from both a personal and professional perspective. We understand the importance of well-being, home and family so we take the time to actively encourage a healthy work-life balance recognising that all our staff need to enjoy their life at work as well as outside the office

We have a great team and the winning combination of our friendly people and inclusive culture is what makes us great to work for. We’re down to earth, likeable and caring.

We are incredibly proud of our diverse workforce that reflects all backgrounds, talents and routes into the legal profession. We want you to achieve your full potential so our training programme ensures every employee has the chance to develop their core skills to progress and succeed in their legal careers

The last few years have 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.

What our current trainees say

From day one of my training contract I have been trusted with direct client contact and undertaking key legal tasks. I have felt challenged, but supported throughout and a valued member of the team. Every trainee has a mentor to support them and there is a real focus on learning and aiding me to be as prepared as possible for qualification.”

Thomas Palmer, (Trainee Solicitor in the Private Family Law team)


“Since starting at Machins in the Public Family Care team, I have been moved by the importance of the work and the level of trust and responsibility the team has put in me from day one. I feel that the combination of support and self-discovery of the training contact has already built my legal and personal skillset considerably. I already feel that I have learnt to do so much in such a small amount of time.”

Thomas Giles (Trainee Solicitor in the Employment Law team)


“Trainees have a real hands on learning experience at Machins, I was sitting in on tribunal hearings in my first few weeks, and discussing strategy with my supervisor and counsel. It’s been a really interesting and varied workload so far, and it has great to apply my academic knowledge to real world legal problems.”

Stephen Nolan (Trainee Solicitor in the Public Family Law team)


“From day one I have had a great mix of responsibility and support. I feel trusted to get on with my work but I always know I can go to anyone for advice if I need it. I have a lot of client contact and feel like a valued member of the team.”

Dan Bradley (Trainee Solicitor in the Private Client team)

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We offer three training contracts each year for law and non-law graduates from a variety of backgrounds.

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