Wollen Michelmore Solicitors Devon


We firmly believe that our trainees are the future of Wollen Michelmore. We see a training contract as an investment in each individual and an investment in the future of the firm.

We are one of the leading law firms in Devon with offices in Torquay, Exeter, Dartmouth, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple. We have a love for Devon, as well as a passion for the work we do.

We’ve been serving the Devon legal community for the last 150 years and during the last decade we’ve grown significantly. We have 5 offices that stretch from coast to coast in Devon and we employ 140 staff.  The services we offer have been recognised externally; earlier this year we were awarded 'Leading Law Firm of the Year (11+partners)' at the Devon and Somerset Law Society Awards.  In 2017 we were awarded a Law Society Excellence Award for our Private Client Practice and a Solicitor's Journal award for our Family Team. 

We have the benefit of being in an amazing location whilst undertaking complex and rewarding work nationally and locally.  With a training plan that aims to progress a trainee's career, not just tick a box, and a high retention rate of our trainees on qualification, you need look no further for your future career in law.


Our Training Contracts
Why Wollen Michelmore?
Application & Selection Process
What Our Trainees Say
Download our training brochure


Our Training Contracts

We provide tailor-made training specific to each individual and have a successful record of taking on our trainees into full time positions, once they qualify.

Our two year training contract will ensure you have experience across a broad range of areas, including:

  • Commercial property
  • Commercial litigation
  • Company commercial
  • Court of Protection
  • Probate and wills
  • Trusts and charities
  • Dispute Resolution including: employment, professional negligence, contentious probate etc.
  • Medical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Residential property
  • Family law (public and private)


You will undertake appropriate fee earning work including taking on some of your own cases that you will be expected to run from start to finish, with full support. This will involve direct client contact, giving legal advice and drafting pleadings etc.  You are not here to be the office junior but to get fully involved in the work and the cases we deal with.  There is no better way to learn.

Each seat is usually for a period of six months and you will be allocated a supervisor during each seat, who will mentor you through the process.  You will also have regular reviews with the training principal.

Why Wollen Michelmore?

We have made significant investment into the firm in terms of growth and adapting with the changing tides.  We have recently completed our fourth merger in under seven years. We have made significant investment into our technology and IT to ensure our team can always provide the high level of client service that we strive for and to work as team regardless of the distance between the offices. 

We also provide innovative client service and costing training for all fee earners including our trainees. 

But it’s not just about expansion, winning awards or developing our brand. It’s about harmony and lasting connections. It’s about working with our community, it’s about helping protecting, fighting for, and serving our clients.  If you share these values, we would love to hear from you. 

Application & Selection Process have a deadline of 31 July in the year prior to the start of the training contract.  We aim to recruit two trainees per year.



The training contact will usually start on the first Monday in September. 

We invite applications a year in advance and are currently recruiting for September 2019, with the deadline being 17th September 2018.

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to joinus@wmlegal.co.uk

We aim to have selected applicants who we would like to interview within four weeks of the deadline.  Interviews will usually be with at least two partners and the HR Director. 

What we look for:

As well as a good academic background, we will look at what experience an applicant has of the law and of work/life generally.  If we can see that an applicant has a passion for the law that will go a long way.  Commercial awareness is really important to us as are good communication skills.  We know you want a training contract, what we really want to know is why you want it with us!

What we offer:

As well as our tailored training with a competitive salary, we offer the following benefits:

  • Performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension
  • Generous holiday including an extra day for your birthday as well as extra time over Christmas
  • An employee referral scheme
  • Staff and family discount of legal services (after qualifying period)
  • Local perks such as tickets to Paignton Zoo
  • A discounted shopping portal

What our trainees have to say:

Beth Donnelly, Trainee Solicitor:


"Having had the benefit of working at the firm for some time before my training contract started, I was sure that Wollen Michelmore was the right firm for me and my future career goals. Those who you will work closely with take the time to explain and teach their technical knowledge allowing you to have a hands-on approach with clients. As you rotate through at least four seats of the training contract each department makes a real effort to include you in the social aspects of the department so you never feel out of place."

Faye Newcombe, Trainee Solicitor:

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"I have always found that Wollen Michelmore allow and encourage their trainees to have a substantial amount of client contact from the beginning of each seat within the training contract. It is a busy working environment with ample opportunity to sit in on client meetings through which you build confidence to then meet with clients on your own. I have found this to be an extremely useful way of building and developing the knowledge obtained on the LPC."


Rob Newton, Trainee Solicitor: 

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“The firm offers a great environment to learn from others and provides you with opportunities and early responsibility in dealing with clients and your own cases.  The variety of the work is immense and the firm’s open-door policy gives you a real sense of a supportive and engaging law firm, where your skills and experience are nurtured and developed to maximise your potential.”




Bethany Donnelly

Trainee Solicitor

Faye Newcombe

Trainee Solicitor

Georgia Galsworthy

Georgia Galsworthy

Trainee Solicitor

Rebekah Brook

Rebekah Bayliss

Trainee Solicitor

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