Solicitor training contract application

If you are looking to begin a career in law, or wish to take your legal career to the next level then you may be in a position to apply for a training contact.

Our applications are currently closed, however, do keep a close eye on this page for further updates.

Choosing your training contract is one of the most important career decisions you will make so you should think carefully about the firm you want to work for. At Royds Withy King you will get all the support and training you require in order to gain a broad spectrum of experience. You will be part of the team, doing real work from day one, helping you to qualify as an exceptional solicitor.

“What’s different at Royds Withy King is the cultural attitude of the firm. It’s informal and as a trainee that really helps if you need to approach a partner for guidance on a particular question. I was never refused that time or attention, no matter which department I worked in. It’s a nurturing environment and I’ve never been scared of anyone or any situation. It makes a tremendous difference to have a positive learning environment” – Lucy Crawford, Associate Solicitor (Clinical Negligence).

What We Look for in a Trainee

At Royds Withy King we are on the lookout for ambitious and dynamic individuals to become our next generation of lawyers. We want people who are committed to our vision of providing outstanding client service and who will have a long and successful career at the firm.

The Application Process

We have a rigorous application process and with a high volume of applications, competition is fierce. What will make you stand out is your passion for client service but also your individuality. Tell us about all those interesting things you get up to outside and alongside your work and studies and why you feel they will make you a great lawyer.

Strengths and Competencies

The areas of strengths that we are looking for throughout the application process are linked to our Career Development Framework and Core Behaviours which we will use to shape your future career at Royds Withy King.

These areas will be assessed through a number of activities throughout the selection process:

  • Your application form
  • Video interview
  • Group activities
  • Face to Face Interviews
  • Written exercises
  • Presentation


All applicants are required to hold a university degree or equivalent at 2.2 or above in any discipline (or be on track to achieve this). You will need have completed your legal studies (GDL and LPC) prior to the start of your training contract.

Training at Royds Withy King

Your training contract at Royds Withy King will typically consist of four different areas of practice (seats), both contentious and non-contentious. Being a full service law firm, you will have the opportunity to do seats across various areas of law without having to chose a focus on corporate or private client law. Each seat will usually last 6 months and we will work with you to ensure you get the most from each seat.