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Start your legal career with us

Are you looking to train at a modern, friendly, dynamic commercial law firm? A firm where, right from your first day, you’ll be working directly with high profile clients, helping to address complex legal issues? A firm where you’ll be fully integrated into the team, where you’ll be supported by leading lawyers but given personal responsibility to work directly with clients? A firm with a clear vision to grow and to develop its position as the go-to legal practice for businesses on Teesside and across the region? A firm where you’ll be challenged, nurtured and encouraged to reach your potential?

If so, we might be right for you.

Read on to discover more about our lawyers, our clients and our work. We’ve information about our salary and benefits; our approach to flexible working, work-life balance and wellbeing. We’ll explain our training programme and our approach to supervision and mentoring. We’ll discuss retention statistics and the opportunities available on qualification – all you need to know. We’ll provide a little more insight into our culture – our working environment and the social and community activities that we take part in.

An update to candidates applying in 2024, we offer to fully fund SQE 1 and 2 preparation courses and exam fees.

1. Rewards and Benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to fairly reward your effort and contribution including:

  • A very competitive salary
  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays and additional time off over Christmas
  • Generous employer pension contribution
  • Flexible private healthcare including dental cover and wellbeing support
  • Substantial life assurance cover
  • Inclusion in discretionary firm bonus scheme
  • Enhanced family rights
  • Participation in the employee Christmas saving scheme

2. Quality of Work

As the largest independent commercial law firm between Newcastle and Leeds, we offer the quality of work you’d expect from larger “City” law firms but from our offices on Teesside.


Our top ranked teams support clients in all sectors (including Silverstone Circuits, Middlesbrough FC, Teesside Airport, Tomahawk Steakhouses, Racz Group, Tees Valley Combined Authority and Teesside University) with a range of highly valued and complex legal issues.


In 2022-2023 alone, our Corporate and Commercial team worked on transactions totalling £500million, including some of the largest transactions in the region.


When asked about his experience during his first seat with us, one of our current trainee solicitors, Daniel McNicoll, said:


“The work I have been involved with at The Endeavour Partnership has been extremely diverse and given me great exposure to clients both locally and internationally. Given the firm works regularly with local clients, I have been able to witness the impact of the projects I have been involved with in real time – this is something which I think is extremely valuable so early in my career.


As we deal with a lot of repeat clients, I have become extremely familiar with each client’s practices and how their business works, informing me of how best to carry out future transactions from a commercial perspective and understand how different businesses operate and scale.


As a trainee in my first seat in the corporate department, I have been heavily involved with work such as advising local businesses on share purchases, international clients on intellectual property matters and large corporate groups on financing options and restructures. This has given me a varied portfolio of matters and involved me with many aspects of legal services that a business may require. I feel this has assisted me in finding what type of work motivates me and helped inform my future decision in where I’d like to practice, following qualification.”

3. Responsibility and Client Contact

Unlike in many larger commercial law firms, from the outset, our trainees have hands on involvement and direct contact with clients on a regular basis.


When asked about his experience during his training contract with us, Ben Farline, a Solicitor who recently qualified into our Commercial Property team, said:


“As a trainee solicitor at The Endeavour Partnership, I was given responsibility very early in my training, and given direct contact with clients from the off. In fact, in only my second day at the firm, I was invited to sit in on a meeting with a new client to discuss their claim during my litigation seat.


Throughout my various seats as a trainee, I have been given a great deal of responsibility, including direct contact with clients across the various departments. During the course of my training, I have been given the chance to undertake a secondment at one of our clients to work on a large property due diligence project. During this time, I was fully integrated within our client’s team and working at their office part time alongside my training for a period of three months. This experience was especially valuable, as it allowed me to gain inside knowledge of the client during my secondment, and familiarise myself with their team and their working practices and my time on secondment has also resulted in further projects being awarded to the firm.


I feel that my early exposure to the firm’s clients has benefitted me greatly throughout my training and ahead of my qualification at the firm, as I have been able to develop my skills in managing relationships with various clients.


In addition, as I have already familiarised myself with some of our clients, the transition to working with them directly further to qualification will be smoother, and will be beneficial for both me and the wider firm.”


First year trainee Safia Kayum added:


“During my seat I have been given many opportunities to engage with clients in different ways, aside from the general meetings in the office.


One form of client contact is through HR Conversations. This is a breakfast hosted every few months by the Employment team and it allows us to stay in regular contact with our current clients and have a chat about the present issues employers are facing. It is a good way to meet the clients and has given me the opportunity to establish myself as part of the team.


The Employment team also host seminars to help engage with our clients. In my first month I was given a roleplaying exercise to show clients how to manage disciplinary hearings.  Although it took me out of my comfort zone it was a fun way to network and build on our relationships.


I have also been fortunate to be able to attend hearings at the Employment Tribunal. On these days I meet with counsel to discuss the preliminary issues, observe the parties during cross-examination and take accurate notes of the hearing.


Endeavour has provided me with an incredible support network and during my seat they have trusted me to take on exciting and challenging work. The level of client exposure has given me a huge boost in my professional skills and self-confidence.”

4. Good Work / Life Balance

We recognise that you have a life outside of work and don’t expect our trainees to work from dawn until dusk.


We also offer free onsite parking and EV charging points at our offices and are supportive of flexible/hybrid working arrangements.


Shannen Wilson, one of our recently qualified Solicitors who completed her training contract with the firm, says:


“Throughout my training contract and now as a qualified solicitor with The Endeavour Partnership, I was given a great deal of flexibility in terms of my working arrangements. Whilst working at Endeavour I have found there is no expectation for junior team members to be present in the office five days per week and I have been able to take advantage of flexible working where necessary.


In terms of work life balance, whilst there is always the requirement to make sure that all work is completed there is no such expectation that the trainee or junior team members are required to stay in the office until late when other more senior team members have already left the office or logged off for the day. There are the odd times when later working is required however, these are not a common occurrence and these have all been supported by the relevant supervising partner or senior member of staff.”

5. Great Working Environment

Our trainees work in an open and friendly environment, working closely and receiving ongoing support from newly qualified Solicitors up to and including Partners.


We encourage our trainees to join in social activities within their team and the wider firm –  indeed, from the moment our future trainees accept an offer to join us, we will invite them to our trainee events and firm-wide social events like summer and Christmas parties.


Once you join us, we host monthly firm breakfasts for our staff to catch up and have a range of other optional social activities/clubs such as a running and walking club, a book club and lunchtime yoga classes.


Kyra Wainman, a Solicitor who recently qualified into our Corporate team after successfully completing her training contract with the firm said:


“As a trainee, being able to sit in each department means that in the two years of training you have the opportunity to work with everyone in the firm. This is a great way to fully integrate into the firm and get to know everyone personally, build strong working relationships and really feel part of the firm. I have felt supported and encouraged from day one, and for me this has instilled the confidence to develop in each of the departments. Everyone is super encouraging, which creates a great learning environment, and getting to know everyone means you feel comfortable approaching with questions, which is so important. It’s testament to the culture of the firm that each department is such a positive space.


We also have a great social calendar – we have a bi-monthly book club, a weekly walking/running club and we are constantly doing different activities to raise funds for our charity of the year. It’s a great way to get to know colleagues socially, which ultimately helps us to work so collaboratively to best serve our clients.”

6. Retention Rates and Progression Prospects

We are heavily invested in developing our trainees to become the future Solicitors and Partners of the firm and our retention rates support that as is evidenced by the fact that:

  • we have a 87% retention rate
  • a number of our past trainees have worked their way through the ranks and gone on to become Partners and owners of the business.


Natalie Kay, a Partner in our Commercial Property department who trained at the firm and is now heavily involved with trainee recruitment, said:


“Prior to commencing my training contract with Endeavour, I had no ties to Teesside but, despite that, after my two years’ training, I didn’t want to qualify anywhere else! Notwithstanding the poor state of the economy at the time, the firm recognised the importance of retaining good, loyal people and created positions for both me and my fellow trainee on qualification. I’ve since been given fantastic opportunities to get involved with great quality work and, within 7 years of qualification and following two prior promotions, I was made a Partner in 2021.”


We also asked our recently qualified solicitors Kyra Wainman and Ben Farline why they wanted to stay with the firm on qualification. Kyra said:


“I felt at home at Endeavour from very early on in my training and knew that I wanted to begin my qualified career here. I’ve had excellent client exposure and garnered a desire to help local businesses, owners and organisations to achieve their goals. Teesside is a great place to work and there are so many different companies doing great things in the area. During my time so far, I have been able to meet so many passionate owners and decision makers driving local businesses, and I am excited to continue to support them. I have lived, studied and worked in the Northeast my whole life so it was an easy choice to make to put down roots here in Teesside, where I can give back to the region. It was an even easier choice to know that I wanted to do that here at Endeavour.”


Ben added:


“Despite not being from Teesside originally, The Endeavour Partnership stood out to me as a firm that has a wide reaching impact throughout Teesside and the wider north-east, and working with local clients enables me to see the impact of the firm’s work on local business. The firm also has a great culture, and as a trainee, you experience a variety of both different areas of law, but different ways of working within each team, whilst ultimately linking this experience together as a result of the collaboration between the teams.


I am delighted to have trained at The Endeavour Partnership, and to be qualifying at this firm, as I will be able to make a tangible impact on the region, and further grow the collaboration within the wider firm.”

7. Volunteering / Fundraising Opportunities

Social responsibility is ingrained into our core values as we recognise the importance of giving back to the community. Each year, our staff nominate and vote for our Charity of the Year. We then encourage everyone to get involved with various fundraising activities throughout the year. Additionally, employees are encouraged to engage in volunteering and fundraising activities for various causes close to their hearts.


One of our current trainee solicitors, Harry Thompson, said:


“I have had the privilege of being part of a workplace culture that actively supports and encourages involvement in charitable activities. Volunteering is a cornerstone of the firm’s commitment to social responsibility. Trainee solicitors, associates and partners alike actively participate in volunteering initiatives that span a myriad of causes.


In 2023, we managed to raise £5300 for our charity, the CAUSE Foundation. The charity of the year also receives dedicated support extending beyond financial contributions – last year, my colleagues and I spent time volunteering with the CAUSE Foundation at the Riverside Stadium for their Christmas Hamper initiative, organising and distributing Christmas hampers for those in need within our community.


 Fundraising efforts at The Endeavour Partnership are dynamic and creative, engaging for employees and clients alike, with a range of activities designed to raise funds and awareness. For example, workshops for businesses, Christmas wreath making and book clubs. By actively engaging in these activities, trainees develop essential skills such as teamwork, communication, and leadership. These experiences not only enhance professional development but also contribute to a positive and collaborative workplace culture.


Our firm encourages trainees to organise sponsored events with other charities too – for example, I am our firm’s liaison with MFC Foundation and a fellow trainee planned ‘Blue Monday’ Bright in support of the Headlight Project.”


What are we looking for in a prospective trainee solicitor?

We recruit across a range of academic disciplines, skills, and backgrounds so no two of our trainee solicitors are the same (nor would we want them to be!).
Below are some of the key qualities and attributes we look for in our future trainees:

• Strong oral and written communication skills;

• The ability to work well as part of a team;

• A practical approach to problem solving;

• Enthusiasm and initiative;

• A good academic record;

• An eye for attention to detail;

• Commitment to a career in commercial law; and

• The willingness to learn.

We welcome applications from candidates who have completed or expect to complete either the LPC or SQE.

How and when to apply

Many successful applicants have previously undertaken a work experience placement with us to get a better idea of what it’s like to work with us and show us what they can offer, though this is not a requirement.

If you are interested in joining us to commence your training contract in September 2026 then we would love to hear from you.

Please complete our online application form before 31 July 2024.

We will confirm receipt of your application by 9 August 2024 and let you know by mid-September 2024 if you have been shortlisted for interview.

Interviews are expected to take place in late September and early October 2024, with candidates being notified of the outcome by the end of October 2024.


If you have any questions regarding our training contracts please contact