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Vacancies: 20
Trainees: 35
Partners: 157
Staff: 1049
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 15
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, both law and non-law
Start salary: £39,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Dentons.

Application details and method of selection

September 2017 intake for law and non-law students: apply from October 2014 onwards. Closing date is 31 March 2015 for non-law applications and 31 July 2015 for law applications.

Apply via application form available through the website www.dentons.com/uk-graduates.

The recruitment process consists of a first round interview with HR and critical thinking exercise. The second round interview is with two partners and involves a case study exercise and presentation.

Firm description and career prospects

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.

To find out what it is like to work at Dentons read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


We pay full fees for the GDL and/or LPC during years of study and offer a maintenance grant of £5,000 per annum (£6,000 per annum for students studying in London).

Work placements

Summer vacation scheme (London and Milton Keynes) and open day (London)

We offer a one-week summer scheme in London for law students (July) and in Milton Keynes for both law and non-law students (July). 

In London we also offer open days for final year non-law students (December) and first year law students (April).

These placements consist of business games, department visits and social events, giving potential trainees an insight into commercial law and our way of life at Dentons.

Training contract programme

As a trainee you will undertake four six-month seats, including a contentious seat or attending an external litigation course. Your transactional experience will include banking (if in London) and corporate, construction or real estate (if in Milton Keynes). Middle East trainees will spend two seats in the UK and two in the Middle East.

All our offices have an excellent reputation and training programme, who focus on high-quality work for high-quality clients. Our teams allow trainees to quickly become an integral part of the business and to be well supervised and supported during the training contract.

You may also have the opportunity to work in one of our international offices or with one of our clients.

Your legal training begins with a thorough induction and Professional Skills Course - but that's where the hand holding ends. As part of Dentons you'll be given all the responsibility you can handle, including running parts of cases and meeting with clients.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche

Work areas


Milton Keynes, London

Probono initiatives

Citizens Advice Bureau, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Diversity access schemes

Aspiring Solicitors, Black Solicitors' Network, Pure Potential, SEO London, Stonewall


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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Muscat



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