By DebbieH 22 Oct 2013 7 min read

Working for Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is a leading UK law firm, today employing over 180 partners and over 900 associates, consultants, senior advisors and other fee earners. In total there are over 22,000 employees. Best known for its personal injury work, the firm is ranked 19th Top UK Firm by revenue, according to Legal Week. It’s the largest ‘full service’ law firm in the UK, providing a wide range of private client and business legal services to private individuals, businesses, charities, institutions and organisations. Irwin Mitchell is also ranked in the Top 50 Litigation firms Worldwide (The Lawyer, 2012). Since its inception in 1912 Irwin Mitchell has opened nine offices around the country so now has comprehensive national coverage. Offices are in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. There are also two offices in Spain, giving international reach. Client care comes first at Irwin Mitchell and this corporate value runs right through the organization. Group chief executive John Pickering says: “At Irwin Mitchell we pride ourselves on looking after our clients very well.” He says CSR is taken seriously too with staff committed to working with all areas of the community. Trainees are encouraged to get involved in pro bono work and charity fundraising, which as included everything from 24 hour ‘rowathons’ to volunteering in local care homes and schools. Lawyers and support staff enjoy a good work-life balance here, according to the latest research by RollonFriday.

Careers at Irwin Mitchell

According to the recruitment section of the firm’s website: “At Irwin Mitchell we have a commitment to exceed the expectations of every client. To meet this commitment, we need people who share our passion for client service and are committed to continuous improvement.” So what law job opportunities are there at Irwin Mitchell? Legal professionals are required across the following areas:

Personal Legal Services

The Personal Legal Services Division includes the largest personal injury practice in the country. Services include:

  • Personal injury
  • Public law
  • Family
  • Court of protection
  • Wills

Business Legal Services

The Business Legal Services Division is growing rapidly, and now include:

  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • Commercial
  • Contentious and non-contentious work


Trainee solicitor contracts are available and the firm also runs summer work placements as a key part of the recruitment strategy. Whether you’re interested in personal injury, family law, real estate or employment, Irwin Mitchell offers a variety of work and real responsibility. The firm says that over the last five years it has consistently offered qualification roles to more than 80% of trainees. “So, by choosing us for your training contract you could be taking the first step towards a long and successful career with us.” Find all the details about training at Irwin Mitchell on their graduate recruitment site. The salary for a first year trainee is currently: £22,450 outside London and £30,000 in London. For a second year trainee, salaries are currently: £24,650 outside London and £32,150 in London.