Current Trainees


Kieran Kelly

“I initially undertook Watson Burton’s spring vacation programme in April 2016 – it provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the firm’s ethos with other trainees and develop my experience of practise in a commercial legal setting.  When I applied for the graduate programme I was attracted to the level of responsibility you are given as a trainee: you are involved from the outset.  Contributing to the progression of a case from its inception to conclusion is particularly rewarding.

“Law has always been my passion and my commitment to practise within a commercial environment has been realised here. Watson Burton’s strong commercial awareness, alongside its engagement with a number of exciting industries, is particularly impressive.”



Matthew Watson
“Watson Burton has a fantastic reputation regionally and nationally, so after graduating with an MLaw from Northumbria University, I decided to undertake the firm’s spring Vacation Scheme. I was then offered a training contract and from day one of starting on the graduate programme, it’s been highly enjoyable.

You are given a great deal of responsibility right from the start, and with supervision, you can get involved on a case and feel like you are actively contributing to the client work.

“Plus, in some working environments, you might feel that it’s too intimidating to ask questions, but at Watson Burton, there’s a genuine desire to help you develop and learn. Your opinion and feedback is valued too and it feels like a two-way relationship. In addition, Watson Burton has a relatively small graduate intake, which means that you’ll receive much more one-to-one mentoring than in some other law firms. That really makes a difference.”



Megan Irons
“Watson Burton are very supportive throughout the recruitment process and I’ve seen at first hand that if the firm sees potential in you, they will work with you to develop it.

“In my case, after graduating I undertook Watson Burton’s Vacation Scheme, which was the start of my relationship with the firm. I was then offered a graduate training contract at Watson Burton, but before starting that, I worked as a paralegal in the firm, working mainly in the corporate team. This gave me the opportunity to get to know the staff, the company culture and gain more of an understanding of the kind of work Watson Burton undertakes.

“I then commenced my graduate training contract at Watson Burton. I’m learning about so many different aspects of law and there is a real sense of community here – everyone supports each other.”



Rosie Roof
“What first struck me about Watson Burton was the importance the firm places on its graduate training programme. I first met the Watson Burton team at a law fair at university and the fact that partners from the firm were attending the event and meeting the undergraduates made a huge impression. It showed that they are committed to providing a launchpad for the next generation of legal professionals.

“I started my training contract after undertaking an LPC at Northumbria University and I am really enjoying the opportunity I’ve been given here.

At Watson Burton you’ll work alongside real experts in their fields, from corporate to construction, employment to commercial litigation. You’ll also get the chance to attend networking events and meet the firm’s clients, and gain experience across the whole business.  Plus, the team will help you to settle in quickly, which is a great help when you’re starting your career.”



LeahLeah Pattison

I was first presented with an opportunity to gain work experience with Watson Burton in September 2015 as a result of winning an award at Northumbria University. I was immediately made to feel very welcome and I was able to hear from the trainees the type of work they were getting involved in. I was interested in training at Watson Burton and subsequently secured a vacation scheme and training contract.

What really impressed me is that throughout the recruitment process the firm regularly kept in contact and invited me to a variety of events, providing an opportunity to meet people in the firm and, in particular, the trainees who I would be starting with.

I am given a lot of responsibility and opportunities for client contact but this also coupled with a good level of supervision and support. It has been really rewarding to feel you are contributing constructively to a client’s file. I am thoroughly enjoying the training contact and believe it has been a great start to my legal career.


Sophie_Robertson_croppedSophie Robertson

I am local to the Newcastle area and applied to Watson Burton’s vacation scheme programme as a result of the firm’s excellent reputation for high-quality work and friendly atmosphere. During my week with the firm, I was involved in various departments and really got a feel for the atmosphere. Everyone was incredibly helpful and approachable.

I progressed through the assessment stages for the training contract and found the experiences to be challenging but not intimidating; the firm was keep see true personalities and fostered an environment in which to do so.

The team put a lot of time and effort into developing trainees commercially and professionally. I have undertaken a wealth of extremely interesting and valuable work, and am trusted with a high level of responsibility. The work the team is engaged in is varied in complexity and type, making it ideal for trainees of all levels.