Our trainee programme places willingness to take responsibility centre stage. We’ll give you the chance to develop this from early in your career – even dealing with clients in your first week.

Learning from experience

Tax & Trusts

Higher tax rates and more restrictive legislation mean that clients increasingly need help to arrange their affairs efficiently within the tax law framework. Our 40-lawyer Tax and Trusts team advises a diverse client base from charities, entrepreneurs, company directors, and individuals with inherited wealth, to foreign domiciliaries and those with international interests.

Wills & Trusts Disputes

The members of our specialist team are widely recognised as leaders in this field, offering strength in depth and a truly bespoke approach for clients facing difficulties of any kind concerning an estate or a trust, whether in this country or offshore. Working for individuals, professionals and charities, we liaise closely with our colleagues in our Tax & Trusts, Landed & Historic Estates and Probate teams to provide a complete and seamless service.

Probate & Estate Administration

We have a national reputation when it comes to the administration of estates and our senior partner is described in Chambers UK as a leader in her field.  We advise executors and administrators about their duties and deal with all aspects of the administration of estates. Our clients include individuals, land and business owners, foreign domiciliaries and charities.

Farms & Estates

Our deep expertise in farm and estate law dates back to our earliest days. In fact, our firm was originally founded to serve farmers and estate owners. Today, we still specialise in all aspects of property and agricultural law, as well as succession planning and wealth management – enabling our clients to achieve their goals quickly and efficiently.


Where a dispute cannot be avoided, we have a reputation for being fair, but firm. And we believe alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be an effective way to resolve disputes when supported by the parties. Should litigation remain the only option, however, we’re strategic and effective.  Our 10-partner contentious practice is the largest department in the firm and continues to grow offering particular expertise in disputes relating to property plus trusts, wills and probate.

Commercial Property

Insightful, approachable and swift to grasp what’s needed, our commercial property team brings over 50 years’ experience to the table. We provide expert, value-for-money advice to ensure our clients' interests align with their business goals. Our experience covers all areas from commercial lettings and developments to buying new buildings (freehold or leasehold) and freehold acquisitions and disposals.


Our employment team handles a wide variety of work and growing client base from individuals to PLCs, partnerships and owner-managed businesses of all sizes, charities, rural estates and schools and academies. Our responsive advice has seen numerous clients return to us throughout their careers.

Entry Requirements

Our success depends on employing the highest quality people. So, if you apply, you’ll not only need to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, but also show the enthusiasm to learn plus the ability to multitask and think clearly. Good team working skills are also vital.

We recruit four trainees per year – with a 2.1 degree or above from a top-ranking university. For the Chambers Student 2019 True Picture click here.

  • We are now accepting applications for training contracts to commence in September 2022, 2023 and 2024  

  • The application deadline is 30 June 2022 but please submit your application early for early consideration

  • Our trainee assessment day will be held on 27 July 2022

  • Download the form below to apply

I came to Wilsons for work experience initially whilst I was at university, and the firm was really welcoming and friendly. Everyone was very approachable and seemed genuinely interested in helping me make the most of my work experience opportunity which encouraged me to apply for a training contract. Once I had completed my training, I was keen to stay with Wilsons because I’d really enjoyed the work I’d been doing and the team I’d been working with.

Natasha Letchford,

I love the social side of Wilsons. I am on the social committee and it really is a wonderful group of people working hard to deliver all kinds of events and parties, not just for staff but for their families too. I feel like the firm creates a very strong work/life balance and understands the importance of family. In addition to firm-wide events, my department is also very good at organising team get-togethers. This really helps to build strong relationships and means we are a really strong team.

Alice Robson,

Salisbury is a lovely part of the world so I was delighted to be offered a training contract at Wilsons. I qualified here and, seeing no reason to leave, I am still here over a decade later.

Tim Fullerlove,

It is a friendly and welcoming firm where I feel my contribution is valued. The senior management are very keen to listen to all the staff and actively look for ways to improve the firm. I feel there are excellent opportunities for career progression. It is an ideal firm to choose if you are seeking a healthy work – life balance and want to feel part of a team.

Sarah Secker,
Senior Associate

It was Wilsons reputation as a leading private client firm which initially attracted me. I am really lucky to be part of two fantastic teams: the trust and tax team and the London office team more generally. The people you work with is so crucial and so to be surrounded by really impressive, knowledgeable people, who are keen to help you to learn and who are great to be around must be pretty unusual.

Henrietta Watson,

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Please complete an application form and email to Jo Ratcliffe or send by post to

Mrs J Ratcliffe
Wilsons Solicitors LLP
Alexandra House
St Johns Street