Trainee Solicitor – Human Rights Specialist Law Firm

We are seeking an enthusiastic Trainee Solicitor to join the firm at our North London office based in Finchley.  This vacancy is supported by the Justice First Fellowship scheme, as our Practice has been selected as a Host Organisation by The Legal Education Foundation.

Our firm

The firm is a specialist civil liberties firm and applicants will work across our Claims against Public Authorities and Public Law and Community care teams. We are a friendly and dynamic team with work that is often unusual and requires a lot of lateral thinking across a number of disciplines.  The firm is a recommended Legal 500 firm undertaking a broad range of private and public law litigation.

Our Civil Claims team act for Claimants in a range of inquest and private law claims against public authorities. We specialise particularly in actions against the police for abuse of power and misconduct, with most of our cases raising human rights arguments.

The public law and community care team act in a broad range of judicial review challenges against public bodies. We have a particular focus on migrant rights and police law.

As a firm we remain committed to continuing to undertake legal aid work and acting for marginalised individuals and groups.  The majority of our cases are funded by legal aid.

The role

Our Trainees will undertake seats within our Civil Claim teams and Public law teams.

We aim to provide excellent training which will prepare trainees for their future legal careers.

The work is varied, and trainees are involved in all aspects of our cases and will undertake a range of activities. We aim to ensure that our trainees are given responsibility appropriate to their experience and have direct client contact.

Skills and Experience

We are looking for trainees with a demonstrable commitment to the areas of law we practice and to social justice issues in general.

We wish to recruit dynamic yet methodical thinkers with a keen eye for detail.

Previous legal experience or work in a related field is desirable and knowledge of legal aid procedures is also an advantage.  Strong administrative and organisation skills are required, and previous experience of working in an office is essential.

Please see the person specification, which includes job description, for further details 19.8.7 Trainee Solicitor Person Spec_

 Application process

Applications should be made on the form supplied Trainee Solicitor Application form   (CVs will not be accepted):

By email to:, OR

By post to Matthew Gold & Company Limited, 1st Floor, 2D Lodge Lane, North Finchley, London N12 8AF.

Closing date: 16th September 2019