Legal recruitment - Trainee Solicitors

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

  • Planning 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.

Why join us?

Responsibility - we empower and enable our trainees. You will handle your own caseloads and will be fee earners in your own right from day one.

Variety – we act as an in-house legal team for every department across Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hart District Council including Planning, Environmental Health, Property, Procurement and many more. 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. Collaborative working and shared thinking is encouraged so that you can learn from our most experienced lawyers, who may even come to you for advice.

Support – you will be allocated a mentor at the start of your seat who will meet with you regularly to make sure you are on track and do not have any concerns.

What we look for in a trainee

We prefer candidates to have a 2:1 in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and you must have completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) (no preference to electives). We also look for the following qualities:

  • enthusiasm
  • excellent work ethic
  • can do attitude
  • passion for the profession
  • preparedness
  • willingness to learn
  • our 'going beyond' values.

Your application

We offer one trainee solicitor post each year. 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.

You can view our jobs page to see all current council vacancies including trainee solicitor posts when they are available.

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.


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 and also be required to work from Hart District Council Offices, usually 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 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, you can view up to date salary scales here.

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, stating the time period over which you are seeking to undertake work experience, and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

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 check our vacancies page for current opportunities.

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
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