What is the closing date for applications?
The deadline to submit your application for 2026 Training Contracts is 23:59 on Wednesday 1 May 2024.
Do you accept CVs in place of the application form?
No, all applications must be made by completing our online application form. Applications which are made by any other method will not be considered.
How do I add supplementary information to my application?
If you have submitted an application for this application round, you can’t change the application after submitting, however you do have access to a ‘Supplementary information’ section on your homepage where you can add additional details at any time after submission (academic and also work experience).
I applied last year but was unsuccessful, can I apply again?
If you submitted an application last year, you may submit a new application for this year’s position.
Will my application be acknowledged?
Yes, we acknowledge receipt of all validly completed applications received by us on or before the application deadline. If your application has not been acknowledged within two weeks, please contact us at email@example.com.
If I am selected to attend an interview, will my travel costs be reimbursed?
Yes, Wedlake Bell will reimburse reasonable travelling expenses from within the UK and Ireland. A copy of your receipt is required and reimbursement will be paid by payment transfer. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse any expenses incurred if you travel back from a holiday to attend an interview.
Please contact the team with any questions regarding travel after you have been invited to attend an interview.
Will I get paid?
We pay our trainees in accordance with current market rates in London. These are reviewed annually.
Will my LPC fees be paid?
LPC funding may be available subject to the terms of your offer. Wedlake Bell offers a £7000 maintenance grant for those who are yet to start or are currently completing the LPC.
However, for 2026 Training Contracts, if you have not already begun the LPC, you will be asked to complete the SQE. Further details are below.
Will I need to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)?
If you started, accepted an offer or completed the LPC or (P)GDL before 1 September 2021 you are eligible to follow the transitional arrangements and qualify under the LPC route. This is also the case if you accepted an offer for a qualifying law degree by 21 September 2021.
Please note, the firm you choose to complete your training with may require you to follow the new SQE route to qualification from a set date.
The SRA have full details of the transitional arrangements on their website.
I’m a non-law student, what will the SQE route mean for me?
If you have already completed the (P)GDL you will be eligible to continue the LPC route to qualification or you can choose to complete the SQE.
If you are a non-law student and did not start the (P)GDL before 1 September 2021 you will need to complete the SQE route to qualification.
Non-law students should review the SRA’s transitional guidance.