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Not just a training contract, a


Our trainee solicitors are key to our firm’s future. We invest time and energy to ensure we offer the ideal conditions for your success.

Not just a training contract, a


Our trainee solicitors are key to our firm’s future. We invest time and energy to ensure we offer the ideal conditions for your success.

A word from our Training Principal

“Having joined Greenwoods as a trainee myself, and now as an owner of our firm, I am proud to say that Greenwoods really does view our trainee solicitors as the future of our business.

We invest significant time in recruiting the right people and in carefully choosing experienced lawyers within each department to supervise you every step of the way.

One of the most rewarding things about being Training Principal is seeing our trainees’ careers develop within the firm and helping to guide them as they qualify into their chosen practice area and become the next generation of commercially astute and technically gifted lawyers.”

John Macaulay, Training Principal

As a trainee solicitor with us, you will:

Have the opportunity to work with a varied portfolio of interesting and significant projects.

Be welcomed into a professional but fun working culture – we are “Lawyers you’ll enjoy working with”.

Be part of a vibrant social environment – we encourage you to get involved with our Social, Environmental and Charity committees, and we regularly arrange social events as well as a range of initiatives to promote positive mental health and a healthy lifestyle.

Be supported by a system of regular appraisals to ensure you have all that you need to thrive at Greenwoods.

Be part of a firm that gives you the opportunity to provide regular feedback on your experiences of working at Greenwoods GRM, so we know what we are doing well and what we need to change for the better.

Be part of a firm where many of our current Partners trained and qualified with us.


“My Wealth Preservation seat taught me a multitude of skills. I grew in confidence and learned how to guide clients through what can sometimes be a complex and distressing process. With careful guidance and support from the team, I discovered various effective ways of helping clients reduce the emotional stress associated with estate planning and administration. My supervisor was extremely supportive and always encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. I had day-to-day contact with clients and my workload included preparing bespoke wills and lasting powers of attorney, dealing with estate administration and obtaining the grant of probate, and assisting with Court of Protection applications.”

(Ewelina Kippen, Trainee, Wealth Preservation)

“My supervisor and the team made me feel welcomed and I was able to fit in immediately. Their support and guidance were encouraging – I was trusted with hands on experience and responsibility with actual fee-earning work. I am currently based in the London office but I work seamlessly with partners and other fee-earners across the Cambridge and Peterborough offices.”

(Eleni Nicolaou, Trainee, Property Disputes)

“Risk & Compliance is an expanding and exciting area of law to be involved with. My time with the R&C team has been brilliant, they all support each other, you and the firm, and work so well together. I have been involved with such a huge variety of work including file audits, risk management, onboarding and conflict management, drafting policies, assisting with insurance renewals and so much more, I can honestly say that no two days have been the same throughout my seat. From a seat in R&C you get; to know how the different departments work (separately and together), wide exposure to your colleagues and a great basis for the importance of the regulations and how the team offer sound practical advice for the firm.”

(Heidi Groom: Qualifying in 2022, Heidi was appointed as an NQ Solicitor in our Risk & Compliance team)

“My time in Real Estate has flown by so far! I have learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed working with the team. In terms of work highlights, I: Completed my first property transaction, lead my first client meeting, helped draft transfers, contracts and leases. For training, I attended some interesting webinars on SDLT, e-signatures for Land Registry deeds and introductions to agriculture law. I also participated in virtual networking events with Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Young Lawyers Divisions and joined our social and charity committees.”

(Myles Shearman, Trainee, Real Estate)

“I joined the Employment team for my final seat in March2020. Shortly afterwards, the Job Retention Scheme was created which involved furloughing employees. This was a completely new Employment law concept, the detail of which changed daily and sometimes hourly! I spent lots of time analysing the ever-changing guidance to help provide urgent advice to clients. Being immersed in this process was extremely hard work, but it was fantastic to be in a team where everyone pooled their knowledge to try to understand furloughing and how it might work in order to provide practical and timely advice for our clients.”

(Micheala Drazek: Qualifying in 2020, Micheala was appointed as an NQ Solicitor in our Employment practice)

“My time in Disputes has been very rewarding. I have been assisting the team with complex litigation and have been able to make real contributions to progressing matters. I have drafted various documents such as witness statements, advice notes, and agreements, as well as attending court (both in person and virtually).”

(Sam Baxter: Qualifying in 2021, Sam was appointed as an NQ Solicitor in our Disputes practice)

“I am enjoying the fast-paced work, and the balance between getting involved in corporate work, and commercial work. I have been involved in a myriad of different transactions, such as: share purchase deals, refinancing deals, and de-mergers – all of which comprise of a lot of documents to get the deals over the line. I enjoy the project management aspect of the deals, and ensuring that everyone is communicating with one another. I have drafted various commercial terms and conditions for businesses. I enjoy the aspect of thinking out of the box, and trying to think ‘ahead into the future’ to protect the client, by incorporating robust terms. The team are always supportive and available to answer any questions I have.”

(Daniella Cha, Corporate & Commercial)

“The challenges wrestled since joining Greenwood’s Construction team have already brought personal development success. Exposure to niche blends of contract and dispute law, construction contracts, neighbourly disputes and governmental disaster planning has provided a gauntlet through which I have tested my abilities in such practices as complex contract drafting and in the drawing up of articles of dispute.”

(Connor McNicholl, Contruction)

Training with Greenwoods

During the two-year training contract, you will gain experience in at least 3 substantive areas of English &Welsh law, covering both contentious and non-contentious work.

You will receive the training, guidance and experience necessary to enable you to become a fully rounded commercial Solicitor.

Most of our Trainees spend six months in four different departments, also known as “seats”.

Due to the breadth of our practice, you may receive training in three or four of the following departments:

  1. Corporate & Commercial
  2. Disputes, commercial disputes and specialist sub-teams dealing with construction, property disputes and financial services/tax work
  3. Employment, including specialist sub-teams dealing with data privacy & immigration
  4. Real Estate
  5. Wealth Preservation

We are continuing to offer Training Contracts for candidates who have completed the LPC and also offering routes to qualify under SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exam).  In order to identify suitable candidates to be our lawyers of the future, we will support our existing Paralegal staff with qualification to meet our business need.  Paralegal vacancies will be advertised on our website so please check back regularly to see if there is a role that you may be interested in applying for.

Keep checking our website for further details and updates.

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