Graduate Opportunities


Trainee Programme

We recognise, encourage and reward passion, talent and ambition.

Our supportive culture and collegial environment fosters career advancement based on individual merit.  From the outset, trainees are given a lot of responsibility but will receive ample support and mentoring from an assigned Partner throughout the duration of the traineeship.

Work can be challenging at times, but we acknowledge the need for work-life balance and support this via access to our social events, our Wellness Programme, volunteering opportunities an agile work environment.

Training rotations are determined in consultation with each trainee and will be based on a combination of practise area preferences and business needs.  

Our trainees enjoy a high level of Partner support and supervision, exposure to high level client and quality work, and a friendly and inclusive workplace.  Our aim is 100% retention of all of our Trainees post qualification.

All 2021 Trainee positions have been filled.  We plan to open the application process for 2022 Traineeships over the summer of 2021.

Paralegal Programme

Our paralegals primarily support our litigation department but also assist across our wide ranging practice teams.  During the programme, paralegals can expect to advance their procedural knowledge and gain real insight into the operations of a progressive commercial law firm.  The programme will appeal to those who are ambitious, personally driven and passionate about pursuing a career as a solicitor.

The next in-take for Paralegals will begin in December 2021 with the aim of having individuals commence in February or March 2022.

Associate Solicitor

Darragh Killeen – Associate Solicitor, Litigation department

"The moment I joined the firm it was clear that I had made the right decision. I received top-class bespoke training that reflected my particular interests, and was given invaluable exposure to blue chip clients and challenging, high quality work."

Our Values


We open doors to new opportunities for our clients and colleagues. Underpinned by cutting edge technology, this ethos means we are always flexible in our approach and strive for innovative solutions.


We are committed to providing an environment where all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully. The diversity of our people contributes to our success, and we believe in equal opportunities across the board.


We are invested in the success and wellbeing of our clients, colleagues and community. Working together, we turn opportunity into commercial gain harnessing lessons learned so that we grow and develop our skills and expertise.

The benefits of a career at LK Shields

  • A benefits package which includes:
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Christmas bonus vouchers
  • Access to group health insurance schemes
  • Tax saver travel scheme
  • Bike to work scheme
  • A supportive work environment:
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health checks and wellbeing programmes
  • Agile and remote working arrangements
  • Training and development programmes
  • Subsidised events and healthy food options

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