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Simmons & Simmons LLP


Vacancies: 40
Trainees: 80
Partners: 230
Staff: 1500
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 90
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (or equivalent)
Start salary: £37,500
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

Application details and method of selection

Applications for our training contract should be made online via our graduate website.

All finalists and graduates should apply from 1 November 2013 - 31 March 2014.

Law undergraduates should apply from 1 June 2014 - 31 July 2014.

Firm description and career prospects

Dynamic and innovative, Simmons & Simmons has a reputation for offering a superior legal service, wherever and whenever it is required. Our lawyers' high-quality advice and the positive working atmosphere have won admiration and praise from both the legal community and our business clients. We offer our clients a full range of legal services across numerous industry sectors. We have a particular focus on the world's fastest growing sectors, these are; financial institutions; asset management & investment funds; energy & infrastructure; life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). We provide a wide choice of service areas in which our lawyers can specialise. These include corporate & commercial; information, communications & technology; dispute resolution; employment; EU, regulatory & competition; financial markets; IP; projects; real estate; corporate tax and corporate pensions.

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


We provide our trainees with financial assistance for the GDL and LPC. We will pay your tuition fees and give you a maintenance grant. You will have the option of taking a £2,000 loan prior to the start of your training contract, to help with expenditure on everything from rental deposits to a new suit!

Work placements

Our internships are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. They provide us with the chance to test your suitability for a training contract. They are also a unique opportunity for you to get to know our firm, decide if we are the best firm for you and for you to prove your potential during your time with us.

Summer vacation scheme

Law undergraduates usually apply for summer internships in their penultimate year. We are also happy to offer internships to final year non-law students, graduates, mature and international students and those changing career.

Our summer vacation scheme provides a unique insight into working life at Simmons & Simmons. We run two, three week schemes over the summer, which enable you to get a genuine feel of the firm. During your time with us, you will gain first-hand experience of a legal working environment, our service areas and the kind of deals and transactions we work on.

Spring vacation scheme

Our unique spring vacation schemes are one week long and available to first year law students and penultimate year non-law students, including those classed as mature or international students.

Our spring vacation scheme is a great opportunity for first year law students and penultimate year non-law students to get an in-depth view of the firm at an early stage of their studies.

Winter vacation scheme

We run a week long winter vacation workshops for up to 20 people on each. Applications are open to final year non-law students (including mature or international non-law students), graduates of non-law subjects and career changers.

Training contract programme

Simmons & Simmons is interested in finding out about your academic successes but will also explore your ability to form excellent interpersonal relations and work within a team environment, as well as your levels of motivation, drive and ambition. Show us evidence of a rich 'life experience' as well as examples of your intellectual capabilities and we will provide you with everything you need to become a successful member of our firm.

The training programme is constantly evolving to build the skills you will need to be successful in the fast moving world of international business. Our groundbreaking MBA programme is designed to provide our trainees and junior lawyers with a unique opportunity to gain valuable business and commercial skills early in their career. During the training contract we will also ensure trainees have a broad legal experience, and a balanced, integrated approach to gaining the knowledge, expertise and abilities you will need to qualify in the practice area of your choice.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas


Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, Hong Kong, Jeddah**, Lisbon*, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo.

*Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa in association with Simmons & Simmons

**Simmons & Simmons is in alliance with Hammad & Al-Mehdar

Probono initiatives

Battersea Legal Advice Centre, Fair Trials International, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Own It

Diversity access schemes

ACS in the City, PRIME, SEO London


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Featured Lawyers

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Jack Rutherford

University of Oxford
Trainee solicitor

I am currently preparing a company for admission to AIM, the alternative investment market of the London Stock Exchange. It's work like this that enables me to learn a lot about the different clients we work with at Simmons.

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Stephanie Nembhard-Rogers

University of London, University College
Trainee solicitor

When applying for a training contract, it is important to show an interest in your chosen area but also to find a way to set yourself apart. By taking part in extra-curricular activities, you will increase your chances of success.

Meet the Lawyer

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  • Heather Atkins

It’s not just the “bake-offs, festive office decorating contests, bowling or annual ski trips” at Simmons that appeal to Heather. It’s also “exposure to great clients, cutting-edge work and the endless opportunities to learn”. Great combo!

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