Careers at Cartmell Shepherd

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As a practice committed to growth, Cartmell Shepherd is keen to attract employees who can demonstrate and deliver the high standards of client care to which the firm is committed. If you are a lawyer or legal professional seeking a change, please see the Professional Staff section. There is also advice for those wishing to Train for a Legal Career, and a section on Opportunities for Undergraduates, plus the firm’s regular need for Office and Professional Support Staff.

Current vacancies

We have the following vacancies available:


Professional Staff

Cartmell Shepherd is always pleased to hear from Solicitors and other legal professionals interested in joining the practice.

Whether you are presently living in the region, or are considering a relocation to Cumbria, you are invited to get in touch. On offer are the benefits of a first-class living environment, and high-quality legal work within an expanding, modern practice.

Training for a Legal Career

Awarded Lex 100 winner status in three categories for 2018, trainee solicitors at Cartmell Shepherd benefit from a varied and structured training programme which encompasses all the specialisations of a major regional practice.

The firm usually recruits two trainee solicitors each year, with applications being received throughout the year for engagement two years later.  Application is by submission of a CV and covering letter to Christine Haughan either via post to our head office (Viaduct House, Carlisle CA3 8EZ) or by e-mail to

Please note – the application window for trainee solicitors is currently closed. 

Opportunities for Undergraduates – Vacation Placement Scheme

Work placements at Cartmell Shepherd are available to students. The aim is to give potential trainee lawyers experience in legal practice work through the firm’s broad range of specialist services, normally taking place from June to September each year.

As you might imagine, there are considerably more applications than placements available. However, please don’t let this put you off from applying.  To apply submit your CV with a covering letter to Christine Haughan either via post to our head office (Viaduct House, Carlisle CA3 8EZ) or by e-mail to 

Please note – the application window for the vacation placement scheme and work experience is now closed.  We have no placement or work experience vacancies available for 2022.

Office and Professional Support Staff

Secretarial and other support staff are essential to the smooth-running of the practice.  Although Cartmell Shepherd does not always insist on applicants having a legal background, experience in a professional environment will definitely help.  Vacancies are advertised in the local press or here on our website.

For further details of all posts, including remuneration and job description, or to apply, contact Scott Garson, Practice Manager on 01228 516666 or

Data protection and your privacy during the application and recruitment process

We take your privacy very seriously.  During the application and recruitment process it is necessary for us to collect, store and share your personal information in order that we take steps to ensure a fair recruitment process, select the right candidate and prepare for entering into a contract of employment with us.

The privacy notice, at the link below, explains what personal data (information) we will hold about you, how we collect it, and how we will use and may share information about you during the application and recruitment process. We are required to notify you of this information, under data protection legislation. Please ensure that you read this notice (sometimes referred to as a ‘privacy notice’) and any other similar notice we may provide to you from time to time when we collect or process personal information about you.

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