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Did you know you can start a legal career with Ward Hadaway immediately after leaving school?

You will obtain some great hands-on experience with experts in their fields, start earning right away, and obtain professional legal qualifications without incurring any tuition fees or building up university debt.

Danny Costello

Applying for the Ward Hadaway apprenticeship programme was the best choice I have made. It has provided me with vast amounts of knowledge and years of practical experience when it comes to practising law
Ward Hadaway solicitor apprentice, Danny Costello

Varied and interesting work

Our solicitor apprentices embark on a six year programme offered in conjunction with our learning provider, Northumbria University that leads to their achieving an LLB(Hons). We are amongst the UK’s top 100 law firms and the work we do is varied and interesting.  You will have the opportunity to act for a broad client base, some of which are household names, in relation to major pieces of work.

A relaxed and friendly environment

Whilst the work will be important and challenging, Ward Hadaway is a relaxed and friendly place to work and offers the ideal nurturing environment for a candidate embarking on a new and exciting career.

You won’t be required to wear a suit every day and our flexible approach ensures you’ll be able to dedicate adequate time to work and study whilst still enjoying your home life. We have a busy social calendar with excellent networking opportunities through sports fixtures, regular nights out and team building events.

Based at our landmark offices at  Newcastle Quayside, you’ll be right at the heart of a great city working at a firm that is proud of its northern roots.


Complete your application form here. You have until 8 April to apply, and if successful you will be invited to the North East Solicitor Apprenticeship selection day where you will be given group and written exercises.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a final interview with Ward Hadaway where you will have the opportunity to join a team of exceptional people in a friendly flexible environment and a fantastic start to your legal career.


The starting salary is £16,380 in addition to generous employee benefits such as pension contributions, life assurance and corporate discounts.

“You don’t have to just go to university to succeed as a lawyer”

Danny Costello was recently shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year category for the Made in Manchester Awards 2018. Taking huge pride at being a Ward Hadaway apprentice, Danny said “I hope more students realise that an apprenticeship route is a viable option to becoming a lawyer. Ward Hadaway recognises that you don’t have to just go to university to succeed as a lawyer and I am so grateful that they have given me this opportunity“.

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