At Switalskis, we’re always on the lookout for dedicated and passionate individuals who are keen on making a significant impact in the legal sector. Our firm thrives on diversity of thought, a wealth of expertise and a shared commitment to providing exceptional legal services.
Explore the various career opportunities available below and take a step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career with us. If you can’t find a role that suits you, please feel free to get in touch - we’re always interested in hearing from talented and ambitious people.
At Switalskis, we’re dedicated to expanding our team by welcoming seasoned professionals who are eager to contribute their expertise in a collaborative setting.
Join our Qualifying Solicitors Programme to embark on a rewarding legal career at one of the UK’s top firms.
Work experience at Switalskis will provide you with a glimpse into the legal world if you’re looking for a career in law.
Further information about our solicitor and graduate apprenticeships will be available in the spring.
The dedicated talent management team at Switalskis is directly responsible for attracting top-tier talent to the business. We have established a preferred supplier list of recruiters and agencies to ensure a seamless recruitment process. For this reason, unsolicited CVs are discouraged. If you are interested in being considered for our preferred supplier list, please contact our talent management team today.
We provide a pathway to a fulfilling career in the legal sector. As a law firm with a rich legacy of legal practice, working with us means being part of a firm known for its integrity, excellence and commitment to its clients. Our efforts have been recognised as we were named in the top 50 fastest growing companies in Yorkshire in TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Growth Index 2023 and we won ‘Large Firm of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023.
Through a range of training programmes, workships and seminars, we invest in the continuous growth and development of our team. To find out more about career opportunities at Switalskis, take a look at our Career Development guide.
Our firm encompasses a variety of legal practice areas, providing an environment to explore, learn and specialise in your field of interest. Our open-door policy promotes a collaborative and supportive work environment that encourages interaction and learning throughout the firm.
The culture at Switalskis encourages creativity and continuous improvement in delivering exceptional legal services. We embrace innovation and inclusivity, and value the diverse perspective and experience that our team brings to the table. We also encourage our team to engage in various community outreach initiatives, aligning our professional practice with positive societal impact.
Your decision to join Switalskis is a step towards a career filled with opportunities for growth, learning and making a meaningful impact in the legal profession. Our firm is not just a place to work; it’s a community where your legal career can thrive amidst a culture of excellence and mutual respect.
Find out what our employees have to say about their experience at Switalskis:
I enjoy hybrid working. When I am in the office, I use this as time to speak with colleagues about their thoughts on cases and anything relevant within the news for example, a judgment. When I am at home, I use this time to complete detailed pieces of work without the distraction of the office. I’m also able to get out on a lunch time to walk my Sproodle!
I’ve always known I wanted to help people but ruled out several professions before deciding on law. The first seat of my training contract was in commercial property, working between the Leeds and Knaresborough offices. I found the work very interesting especially drafting documents. I recently moved to the clinical negligence team, for my second seat, which I am finding both stimulating and challenging. Since joining, my integration into Switalskis has been seamless as everyone has been very welcoming and inviting. I think it helped that I often brought in brownies and cakes that I’d baked!
In 2012 I joined the Costs Team and in 2014 started studying the ACL Costs Lawyer course. I qualified as a Costs Lawyer in August 2017 and in 2023 I was promoted to Associate Costs Lawyer. I've not worked anywhere prior to Atherton Godfrey who integrated with Switalskis in December 2022, my entire career since the 90s has been at the same firm.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school. I thought I wanted to be a hairdresser, and this is what I ended up doing, but if I’m honest I never really felt like it was for me. I worked hard and achieved my qualifications but never felt content. However, I always had an interest in the legal profession due to personal circumstances and I enrolled on an access course when I was 26 and here, I am!
I start my day by responding to any emails. I then check my task list and I complete any urgent tasks first. I complete records reviews, draft letters of instruction to experts and review expert reports. I also have cases that are in litigation where deadlines need to be adhered to and documents must be served. I also liaise with clients on a daily basis providing updates and taking instructions.
There’s not a typical day in the Court of Protection, and that’s what I love most about it. Each client is so different and so we need to be able to take each client as they come to try and work out what will be best for them and how best to achieve it. I love travelling and meeting the clients but there is also lot of time in the office - preparing advice, drafting documents, and attending court, as many of our hearings are still being heard remotely.