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Simmons & Simmons LLP


Vacancies: 38
Trainees: 80
Partners: 240
Staff: 1500
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 80
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (or equivalent)
Start salary: £40,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

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Application details and method of selection

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

Penultimate-year law students, all final-year students and graduates should apply from 15 October 2015 - 28 February 2016.

Firm description and career prospects

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm's vision is to continue to be a leading global law firm through our sector focus, which is underpinned by our ambition to provide our clients with high quality advice and deliver value through new ways of working.

From our offices in major business and financial centres, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, energy & infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These five sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, competition & regulatory, dispute resolution, employment, pensions & employee benefits, financial markets, information, communications & technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate, and tax.

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


The firm will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC. You will have the option of taking a £2,000 loan prior to the start of your training contract.

Work placements

Our internships are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on.

Summer vacation scheme

The summer vacation scheme will be open to penultimate-year law and non-law students, final-year students and graduates.

Our summer vacation scheme provides a unique insight into working life at Simmons & Simmons. We run two, two-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 insight scheme

Our spring insight scheme is a two-day workship designed to equip you with a range of key skills and commercial knowledge you will need to help you make your first steps towards your career in law.

Applications are open to first-year law and non-law students and penultimate-year non-law students.

Winter vacation scheme

We run a week long winter vacation scheme. Applications are open to all final-year students and graduates.

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 through all stages of the application process and beyond. Show us evidence of this 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.

Simmons & Simmons has training contract opportunities in our offices in London and Bristol open to law and non-law students and graduates. Our 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, trainees complete four six-month seats in different practice areas ensuring you will 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, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Riyadh**, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo. *Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa in association with Simmons & Simmons**Simmons & Simmons is in alliance with Hammad & Al-Mehdar

Probono initiatives

A4ID, Battersea Legal Advice Centre, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Prisoners’ Advice Service, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, TrustLaw Connect

Diversity access schemes

Aspiring Solicitors, PRIME, SEO London, Stonewall


Turnover: £268,600,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £553,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £40,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,500 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 69% (2015) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 15.0% male (2015)
  • 85.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 46.0% male (2015)
  • 54.0% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo


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Featured Lawyers

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Minesh Tanna

University of Oxford

Simmons is able to offer great work with top clients at the same time as fostering an open and friendly atmosphere, where you can be yourself. It’s genuinely a pleasure to come to the office in the morning.

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Athena Tan

University of Cambridge
Trainee solicitor

Simmons is excellent at striking the balance between trusting trainees with a lot of responsibility and ensuring that guidance and support is always available when needed. Trainees are valued and the firm is very invested in your development.

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Hinal Patel

Nottingham Trent University

The Simmons & Simmons Bristol office provides trainees with access to the same high quality, international work and clients but in the heart of Bristol. With a rapidly expanding office, it is an exciting time to join us.

Meet the Lawyer

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

  • Erin Rose

Erin Rose is a strong advocate of work experience, especially as a means of distinguishing yourself from the many excellent candidates vying for training contracts. Read on for more advice and insight into life as a Simmons’ trainee.

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