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Training Contract

We look for excellent law graduates with relevant experience; an outgoing character and the commitment to becoming an active team member.

We usually select our trainees from our paralegals or through our university intern programme. Therefore, if you would like to join us as a trainee solicitor and develop your legal career with us, you are encouraged to apply for the paralegal development track or university intern programme.

To enable you to decide which area of law you are most interested in, you will spend time in different practice areas during the two-year training period, where you will gain hands-on experience with us and our associate firm Boase, Cohen & Collins.

We offer an extensive training programme where you will be involved in all our key practice areas. You will gain and develop legal knowledge, expertise, experience and abilities through exposure to wide-ranging legal transactions and research.

From the moment you join us, you will be supervised by one of our partners who will review your progress and provide you with regular informal feedback. You are also encouraged to share your thoughts and suggestions to further enhance your knowledge and experience.



Lawyers are the most important assets at Charltons. We treasure our people and we are committed to developing the legal skills and experience of our team. We invest significantly in our people through training, polices and supporting systems. The first legal training program offered by Charltons to a law graduate is our 2-year training contract specifically designed for developing a wide range of legal skills and experience across a spectrum of practice areas.

Qualities we are looking for

We expect our trainees to have:

  • a strong interest in law;
  • exceptional academic achievement;
  • commercial awareness;
  • excellent language and communication skills;
  • strong research and analytical skills
  • meticulous attention to detail

Our training contract is created in conjunction with our associate firm Boase Cohen & Collins, that has a strong focus on practicing litigation and property law. During your 2 year training contract, you will have the opportunity to work across different practice areas, including equity markets, foreign direct investment, investment funds, corporate compliance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and venture capital at Charltons; and litigation, property, intellectual property and banking at Boase Cohen & Collins. You will be assigned a supervisor in each practice group, and you will work closely with the partners, senior solicitors, and solicitors and fellow trainees in the team.


See what our trainees say:

Calvin Ho – Solicitor | Hong Kong | Company Commercial and Corporate Finance

“I began my training contract with Charltons after previously working as a paralegal with the firm. The best part about working as a trainee in Charltons is being able to learn from some of the most talented lawyers around. The firm adopts an open door policy and lawyers are always very approachable and willing to give guidance when required. The lawyers here are down-to-earth, non-hierarchical and extremely helpful. This was important for me and for my training because it helped enhance my understanding of legal and my grasp of the broader “picture” which usually only comes from years of experience.

What I also really like about working with Charltons is the international flavour of the majority of work that I was involved with. Throughout my training contract I have worked on projects in multiple jurisdictions such as Tajikistan, Iran, Peru, South Africa, Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the PRC, and the exposure is truly invaluable.

Whilst work can be challenging, it is the sense of achievement from being involved in some of the most high profile matters around that makes the training experience with Charltons priceless.”


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