Vacation Scheme - Summer 2024


Talbots Summer Vacation Scheme provides talented and ambitious future lawyers with the opportunity to experience a snapshot of how it feels to be a Trainee Solicitor in the Business Services Team in our employee-owned law firm.

Based at our Stourbridge office, you’ll spend a week immersed in a range of commercial practice areas, gaining first-hand experience of working as part of the Business Services offering to our regional and national clients. You’ll also be involved in social events and have networking opportunities throughout the course of the week.

The purpose of our summer vacation scheme is to give you an authentic, valuable and rewarding experience which will set you in good stead for your legal career. At the end of the week, having experienced exactly what it’s like to work as a Trainee Solicitor, meet our teams and develop your skills, you may be offered the opportunity to interview for a Training Contract with our Business Services Team.

Training Contracts in Business Services will involve rotations across some or all of the following practice areas:

You can read more about our Training Contracts in Business Services here:

To be eligible to apply for our Summer Vacation Scheme you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A degree (or post-graduate studies) in law;
  • Have (or be committed to undertaking) your LPC or SQE;1
  • Be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in training and specialising in at least one of the “Business Services” practice areas; and
  • Be available to attend the full week of at least one of the Summer Vacation Scheme weeks.

Summer Vacation Scheme 2024 – key dates

Applications close: Friday 19th April 2024

Summer Vacation Scheme (week one): Monday 1 July through Friday 5 July

Summer Vacation Scheme (week two): Monday 8 July through Friday 12 July

You can apply by downloading completing the Vacation Scheme Application Form and sending this to us via email to , along with a copy of your CV.

If the link above is not working for any reason, please download our application form using the prompt below:

Vacation Scheme Application Form

If you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the application or recruitment process you can email or phone the Careers team on 01384 985789


Q: Will Talbots be offering a similar scheme for Private Client specialisms?

Not at the present time. Please only apply for the Summer Vacation Scheme in Business Services if you have a genuine interest in law relating to at least one of our Business Services areas.

Q: Where will the summer vacation scheme take place?

You’ll need to be within a reasonable daily commute of our Stourbridge office, which is where the Summer Vacation Scheme will be hosted. However subsequent Training Contracts (subject to business requirements) may be offered at another of our regional offices (which you can view on the website).

Our ethos of “train to retain” works well for aspiring lawyers who are passionate about progressing a career in law and working, living and giving-back to their local communities.

Q: What are the start dates for Training Contracts, and how long would they be?

Talbots start new Trainees in October each year. The earliest start date for Training Contracts offered after the Summer Vacation Scheme would be October 2024. Training Contracts are also available for 2025 starts.

Q: Is this a paid Scheme, and how much is the Trainee Solicitor salary at Talbots?

The Summer Vacation Scheme is unpaid, as it is effectively enhanced work experience and also forms part of our recruitment process.

The current (2024) salary for Trainee Solicitors is £27,500 in year one, rising to £28,500 in year two. NB. Trainees who are current / ongoing employees are also eligible for our employee-owners profit-share.

All Trainees are eligible for our comprehensive and competitive Company benefits provision.

Q: How many places are available each week?

There are up to eight places available each week (there are two separate one-week placements, so sixteen placements in total).

Please advise us which week(s) you are available when you submit your application.

Meet our Business Services Team