At Cains we are committed to recruiting and developing exceptional legal talent.  We offer successful applicants the opportunity to start their legal careers with a training contract working alongside some of the brightest legal minds on the Island.  The leading independent Isle of Man corporate and commercial practice, we have worked with every global top 30 law firm.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious trainee advocates to join our award-winning legal service and invite those who are interested to apply.

Who are we?

We have been recognised as a top tier law firm by the leading directories, including The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, for more than 20 years with our individual lawyers topping the rankings in their respective fields of excellence.  We pride ourselves on offering a friendly working environment with an excellent work/life balance.

What We Look For

Cains trainees must demonstrate a mixture of intellect, enthusiasm, commitment and personality. We seek to recruit students with a mature outlook, plenty of common sense and a willingness to accept responsibility. In addition to the required academic and interpersonal skills, we are looking for individuals who are confident, ambitious and technically strong with a desire to build a career as a commercially and strategically minded lawyer within our business.  With emotional intelligence and exceptional team playing skills you will have the ability to build relationships within the business and the broader international business community.

What we offer

Over the course of a two-year training contract, our trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in various seats within our business. These seats include: Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance/ Insolvency, Shipping and Aviation, Employment / Data Protection and Litigation.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the brightest minds in the legal field, helping to resolve some of our clients’ most complex legal and business problems while learning practical skills needed to excel as a lawyer.

We care about growth and supporting the on-going professional development of our lawyers and you will have dedicated mentors and supervision along the way. Regular evaluation and feedback is designed to help your steady progression.


You can expect to be involved in a broad range of challenging and interesting work, playing an active role in casework and transactional matters. You will be involved in researching complex areas of law, putting the resulting knowledge into practice and obtaining hands-on experience of the evolution of those corporate and commercial matters upon which we are instructed.


  • Competitive starting salary and paid study leave
  • Tailored support and mentoring for the Manx Bar Exams

What You’ll Need

  • Strong academic record.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Effective organisational skills.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Competent IT skills.
  • Ability to prioritise urgent work and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Application Process

Applications initially by CV and covering letter which can be uploaded using the Apply today box below or to

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on any of the protected characteristics as defined by applicable law.  We will look to provide reasonable adjustment for applicants with disabilities to participate in the job application or selection process.  If you require assistance, please contact