Simpson Millar


Our strategic aims and growth plans

We recently embarked on a 5-year plan to grow and become the leading consumer law firm in the UK.

In 2018, as part of this plan, we acquired EAD Solicitors to expand our office network into Liverpool, and JWK Solicitors, which has 3 offices in Lancaster, Morecambe and Southport.

These acquisitions reflect our commitment to expanding our presence across England and Wales

Our purpose and approach

Simpson Millar believes in challenging the status quo if and when there is a better way to get things done. We aim to deliver a straightforward and transparent service without any hidden surprises or costs for our clients.

What makes us different?

At Simpson Millar, we pride ourselves on being friendly, approachable and speaking to our clients in plain English. And when we do need to use legal jargon, we’ll always clearly explain what we mean, so our clients are never left unsure of what’s going on.

Wherever possible, we will tailor our services to suit each client’s individual needs and circumstances, and be open and honest with them at all times

About Simpson Millar

Our history dates back to 1841, when Henry Simpson became a partner based in the London Bridge area. Since then, we’ve expanded our range of services both for clients and business partners, organisations and trade unions.

In 2015, Simpson Millar acquired Colemans-CTTS to form a national business with offices across England and Wales. Together, the two firms created a strong business with extensive experience, and today, we’ve got more than 500 people working in 11 different offices.

We were the first law firm to receive the Law Society’s award for excellence in Practice Management (Lexcel), and one of the first to be accredited as an Investor in People.

What services do we offer?

Simpson Millar offers legal services to consumers and businesses.

Our Consumer Law division is broken down into three areas – Public Law, Private Client and Personal Injury. We have specialists in areas including:

  • Abuse Claims
  • Care Home Fees Recovery
  • Child Protection
  • Claims Against Public Authorities
  • Community Care
  • Conveyancing
  • Court of Protection
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Education
  • Employment Law
  • Human Rights and Judicial Review
  • Industrial Disease
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wills and Probate
  • Our Commercial Law team can provide help, clear legal advice and support to businesses on areas including:
  • Commercial Property
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Disputes, Litigation and Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Benefit Schemes

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • Regional
Practice Areas
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Will & Probate
  • Public Law
Head quartersLeeds
Number of Offices11
Office Locations - Overview
  • South
  • South West
  • North
  • North West
  • Midlands
  • Wales
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Bristol
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
No of Partners50
No of Lawyers533
Average Trainee Salary£23,000
NQ Salary£30,000

Training Contracts

Simpson Millar LLP has a long and established history of growing our own talent, many of SM’s former trainees have gone on to become Heads of Department, Partners, Senior Associates and Associates within SM.

We are a progressive, forward thinking, innovative law firm and we are looking for likeminded individuals who want to work together as part of a dynamic team to build the new generation of law firm.

We pride ourselves on operating a fair, transparent and regular intake of trainees from our pool of existing talent. SM only operate an internal process for application for Training Contracts, the Trainee Board sits once per year in June with TC’s starting the following October and April.

The process of application is registration of interest followed by a written application and panel interview.

SM TC’s run over a period of 2 years which we feel allows our Trainees to develop the necessary technical and softer skills which make great Solicitors for the future. As a Trainee at SM you can expect:

  • A full Trainee Induction Programme;
  • Trainee Mentoring scheme;
  • Trainee Forums;
  • Trainee Projects;
  • Business Development training, experience and opportunities;
  • Multi layered supervision;
  • Certainty on seat rotations for the duration of the TC;
  • Internal and external training courses;
  • A bonus structure;
  • Competitive Salary;
  • Competitive Holiday entitlement;
  • Pension contributions;

This coupled with trainee away days, funding for legal research materials and much more.

SM offers two different types of training contract which we feel really allows us to tailor the training to our candidates – we understand that everyone is different and there is no one size fits all, we work in partnership with our Trainees to design a programme which supports the trainee and the business. Broadly speaking, SM offer a traditional seated training contract and a bespoke contract which encourages our Trainees who have already found their preferred and niche area of law to become specialists in their field by the point of qualification.

Current Opportunities

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