Trainee Solicitor Scheme


At Tughans, we believe that our people make us who we are.  Their intelligence, creativity and endeavour are at the heart of our success.  This runs through our Trainees to our Associates and Partners and as such, we ensure that our training programme provides every opportunity to gain relevant experience by working with expert lawyers on high quality matters.

As one of Northern Ireland’s leading law firms, we need agility and adaptability to meet challenges, seize opportunities and stay ahead.  We are a company with innovation at its heart, always forward-thinking, not settling for the status-quo or what is simply “good enough”.

We are looking for intelligent, open, bold and collaborative people who are not afraid to challenge and be challenged, and excel at what they do.  If you believe you have the skills and attitude that will help us to maintain a positive momentum, then we would like to hear from you.

Our Trainee Experience

A training contract at Tughans represents a fantastic opportunity for talented and ambitious people to gain invaluable legal training in one of Northern Ireland’s most successful law firms.

We are authorised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland to provide training to students who have obtained a place at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS Scheme) and we are also approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide training to students who have completed the Legal Practice Course in England and Wales (LPC Scheme).

Over the course of 2 years, our Trainees have the opportunity to sit in a minimum of 4 different departments, both contentious and non-contentious.

We provide a network of support, including expert supervision, and offer significant scope for personal development.  Our trainees are truly part of the fabric of the firm and have opportunities to be involved in the many social and charitable activities which happen throughout the year.

Tughans has a strong record of being able to offer newly qualified solicitor positions to its trainees at the end of their training contracts.


To apply

The application process for our 2023 Trainee Scheme is now open. You can download the application form and monitoring form below:





Please return completed application and monitoring forms no later than the closing date – Sunday 23rd October 2022.


An assessment centre for shortlisted candidates will take place w/c 31st October 2022.


We will host a virtual open event on Tuesday 27th September.


If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us directly on Tel: 028 9055 3300 or email:

Successful applicants will commence their training contract in September 2023.


Tughans is an Equal Opportunities Employer