Legal recruitment - Trainee Solicitors

The Shared Legal Service is a team of 24 highly qualified lawyers dedicated to delivering a high quality service for Basingstoke and Deane and Hart District Council. We are split into two teams:

  • Local Government and Litigation – providing legal services to the council in its capacity as a public body
  • Property and Contracts – acting for the council as one of the largest commercial property land owners in the country, and also being involved with every contract that the council procures.

For more information regarding each seat please click on the Trainee Profiles below.

Why join us?

Responsibility - we expect a lot from our trainees. You will handle your own caseloads and will be fee earners in your own right from day one. You will never be asked to stand for hours at a photocopier or paginate bundles by hand.

Variety – we act as an in-house legal team for every department across Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hart District Council. Our lawyers are versatile and ready to face the large variety of work that comes in from day to day.

Work Life Balance – we are committed to flexible working hours and looking after your wellbeing.

Teamwork – the open plan office makes for a friendly working environment. No question is too silly and you might even find other lawyers come to you for advice as well.

Support – you will be allocated a mentor at the start of your seat who will meet with you as regularly as required to make sure you are on track.

What we look for in a trainee

We prefer candidates to have a 2:1 in the LLB or GDL and you must have completed your LPC (no preference to electives). We also look for the following qualities:

  • enthusiasm
  • excellent work ethic
  • can do attitude
  • team player
  • passionate about your work
  • being prepared
  • willingness to learn
  • our 'going beyond' values.

Your application

We offer one trainee solicitor post every year with advertisements going out in February. If you do not have your full LPC results, you are still welcome to apply but please note that any offer made will be subject to obtaining the LPC.

Assessment day and interview process

If successful, you will be invited to an interview and assessment session. As part of this, you will be asked to complete one of the following tasks, or similar:

  • a pre-prepared presentation
  • a research task
  • a drafting task.

Current trainee profiles

Take a look at the profiles of two of our current trainees. Find out what they do, what they enjoy and the challenges they face.

PDF document Local Government and Litigation Trainee (PDF)

PDF document Property and Contracts Trainee (PDF)

PDF document Trainee Solicitor job description (PDF) [228 kb]

PDF document Trainee Solicitor person specification (PDF) [185 kb]


I don't have any local government work experience, can I still apply?

We don’t require local government work experience but you will need to demonstrate the transferrable skills that meet our person specification for the role.

Do I have to apply for a particular location/office?

You will work primarily from our office in Basingstoke, however you will be required to work from Hart District Council one day a week.

Do you have any tops tips for a successful application?

Research us and demonstrate you understand how local government works, show us your personality, spend time on layout and ensure there are no errors (especially if you copy and paste from other applications!).

I have a 2:2 - can I still apply?

Although we prefer applicants to have achieved a 2:1, if you can demonstrate you have a strong academic record and relevant skills then we will still consider you for the role. And make sure all other aspects of your application are as strong as possible. Please also include mitigating circumstances in your form.

I have been working in a different industry for a number of years, will you consider me?

Absolutely – please explain clearly why you have decided to change careers and how the skills you have learnt can be transferred.

Is it worth me reapplying if I am unsuccessful in my first year of applying?

Yes, but it is worth spending time improving your application and highlight what has changed since your last application.

Do you accept applications from non-law graduates?

We welcome applications from candidates from all undergraduate degrees but you will need have completed your GDL and/or LPC prior to commencement.

What is the current trainee salary?

Grade 4 (£21,962 for the first year rising to £22,658 in the second year)

Do you offer work experience?

Although we do not have a formal work experience scheme, opportunities may be available upon enquiry. Please email if you would like to find out about a work experience placement with us.

Does it matter where I study/have studied my undergraduate degree?

We believe in the benefits of having a diverse workforce and do not have any preferences in terms of which university you attend/have attended - that is a decision for you.

How do I apply?

Please click on the link below, which will take you to an application form.

Apply here

Contact details

Human Resources team

Telephone: 01256 845584

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    8.30am to 4.30pm