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

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.

You will undertake your PSC exams with support from the firm including some study time (we also pay for your first attempt at the exams). You will also receive full training in relation to various business and financial matters such as anti-money laundering, pricing training, business networking and relationship building.  We want to develop well rounded lawyers.

Are you dynamic, friendly and commercially aware? Then we’d like to talk to you!

Application Process

We invite applications a year in advance and 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 are currently recruiting for September 2019, with the deadline being 31 July 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


Bethany Donnelly

Trainee Solicitor

Faye Newcombe

Trainee Solicitor

Nikki Bedford

Trainee Solicitor


Robert Newton

Trainee Solicitor

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