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Trainee Schemes at Humphries Kirk

Start your career in law

As one of the largest and well regarded high-street law firms in the Dorset and Somerset region, we have an excellent reputation for providing a modern approach with traditional values. 

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We're excited to meet you

“Thank you for your interest in starting your career in law with us. I’m proud of the support and opportunities Humphries Kirk offers to those joining our Trainee Scheme. We’re a firm that is truly committed to the next generation of Solicitors.”

Victoria Pearson, Managing Partner

Join an employer of choice

The opportunity to gain practical experience and be supported through your studies is only part of what Humphries Kirk has to offer. A culture of teamwork, support, and client focus, is at the heart of how we work and how we define ourselves. It’s also central to how we fulfil our aim of being an employer of choice.

As well as the training and benefits, you’ll also enjoy the ability to work across 8 offices in some of the most beautiful locations on the south coast.

Rewarded & valued

At Humphries Kirk, we value our employees and to demonstrate this, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. You’ll also be working in a friendly environment where you will be recognised and rewarded for your individual contribution.

Competitive salary & referral scheme

Generous annual leave & sabbatical opportunities

Pension & life assurance

Wellbeing benefits & social events

Learning & development opportunities

Trainee Scheme

At Humphries Kirk, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for those seeking to embark upon a career in law. Our Trainee Scheme is designed to provide practical experience in a range of legal disciplines while supporting your progression through study and exams as you work towards qualifying as a Solicitor.

“We have a unique and transparent career pathway through to Partnership to those promising lawyers.”

Chris Keenan, Partner and Training Principal

Your career pathway with us to qualified Solicitor


Application & interview

We’ll assess which is the best route for you based on your qualifications
and experience



Start your Training Contract/ Qualifying Work Experience (SQE route)

We typically offer start dates in April and October



Placements & Study

You will undertake four work placements, lasting six months each 




Once qualified as a Solicitor, there is the opportunity to move into
a permanent role with Humphries Kirk.


A few of our many success stories

Everyone has their own unique journey, and we’re proud of the positive experience and culture that enables our Trainees to thrive at Humphries Kirk.

Liam Voysey

Solicitor, Commercial Dept.

In September of 2017 I started the one-year Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. During this course I applied for a training contract here at Humphries Kirk LLP. My training contract started in April 2019, and I qualified as a Solicitor into our commercial department (which was the last seat of my training contract) on 01 April 2021, where I have worked ever since

Emma Webster

Land Law Partner

I enjoy managing a successful team and assisting with supervision and training to help further the careers of the next generation. We have some very special people at HK, who make it a great place to work and study and I would encourage anyone with an interest in a career in the law to apply for a position at HK.

Marnie Thomas

Solicitor, Company Commercial

As part of my training contract, I undertook four separate seats, including an eight month seat in the Company Commercial department.  I was able to add value to the firm from the outset of my training contract, and continue to be encouraged to reach my potential, giving me both job satisfaction and progression. I came with high expectations, Humphries Kirk exceeded all of them.

Routes to chosen qualifications

Humphries Kirk welcomes applications from talented individuals with a wide range of educational and career backgrounds, including law degrees, CILEX, apprenticeship scheme etc.

Let's talk

Call us today to discuss how we can help you start your career in law.