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Simmons & Simmons


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

All finalists and graduates should apply from 01 November 2014 - 31 March 2015.

Law undergraduates should apply from 01 June 2015 - 31 July 2015.

Firm description and career prospects

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm's strategy is designed to ensure it provides its clients with high quality advice and to deliver value through new ways of working. We draw our clients from a range of industries and offer a full range of legal services. We have a particular focus on five key sectors; asset management & investment funds; energy & infrastructure; financial institutions, life sciences; and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). We provide a wide choice of service areas in which our lawyers can specialise. These include asset finance, banking, capital markets, corporate & commercial; information, communications & technology; dispute resolution; employment, pensions & employee benefits; competition & regulatory; financial markets; IP; projects; real estate and corporate tax.

To find out what it is like to work at Simmons & Simmons 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 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 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 (including mature or international students), graduates 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 ground-breaking 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, Stonewall, Sutton Trust


Turnover: £251,700,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £528,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £37,500 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 78% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
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
  • Tokyo


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Featured Lawyers

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Paddy Croft

University of Cambridge
Trainee solicitor

Being a trainee at Simmons is a steep learning curve. On my very first day I was asked to attend an important meeting and involved in a complicated restructuring deal. By the end of the week I was directly fielding questions from the client. This is definitely a firm where individuals who are willing to challenge themselves and take responsibility are given the opportunity to do so.

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Aziz Ahmed

University of London, University College
Trainee solicitor

Simmons gives you the opportunity to be involved with interesting work, and provides a supportive environment for you to learn. Right now, I am on a secondment to our Tokyo office and assisting on exciting cross-border matters.

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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