Dan Graham and Emily Linsdell at table


We’re a law firm, of course we call it a contract! And in this case it’s designed to provide you with invaluable experience of commercial law, working as part of a highly motivated and tightly knit team, wrestling with challenges and having a great time besides. And while all that is going on, we hope you will be turning into an outstanding commercial business adviser – one whose contribution will help make Muckle an even more successful and respected law firm. In other words, we hope everybody wins.

The way it works is like this. Generally speaking, trainees get to spend six months in four different practice areas. These include corporate, commercial, real estate, employment, dispute resolution, banking, construction and charities, sports, private client, agriculture, estates and rural property and education. You may also get a chance to experience life with some of our specialist teams, and there can be opportunities to revisit a particular practice area. On top of all we will make sure you get lots of first class legal and non-legal training, not just from your own personal mentor, but from partners and team members as well.

The work you will be handling will be live, high-quality and you will be advising clients in person almost from the moment you arrive. Sound scary? Don’t worry. You will be given lots of responsibility, but we definitely won’t be leaving you to sink or swim. Your training contract will start with a detailed introduction programme, and we’ll make sure you get to know the Firm and understand more about how we operate as a business before we turn you loose. You will also receive training on our IT and document management systems, finance, billing, business development and other office systems and procedures.

Before you start

We consider you to be a part of our team from the moment you’ve been awarded a training contract with us, so expect us to keep in touch before you join. And if there are any Muckle social events coming up (there are usually a few!), then we’ll invite you along to those as well. That way you can get to meet as many people as possible before you actually start, including your mentor who will let you know what’s going on at the Firm. You will have the opportunity to join the Trainee Whatsapp group to keep in touch with your fellow trainees prior to and during your training contract.

While we expect you to work jolly hard during your contract, you’ll soon find there are plenty of non-work activities going on that we would hope you’ll want to experience. These range from organised events to impromptu nights out in Newcastle (if you don’t know the place already, this is a lively and fun city with many excellent bars, restaurants, music and arts venues). We also have numerous teams that might well benefit from any sporting prowess you may have, and there are lots of charitable activities for you to get involved with too.

How to apply

You can apply for a training contract by completing our online application form.

Check the key dates deadlines for completion and remember to take a look at our FAQs.  But if you need more information than is provided there please contact Judith Birkett or email us.