Simmons & Simmons LLP
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- Applications to: Mrs Jenny Briston
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019: 15/01/2017 Winter work placement: 01/11/2016 Summer work placement: 15/01/2017 Spring work placement: 01/02/2017
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.
This year, we are in a unique situation where two firms have been inseparable by our judging panel following much discussion and deliberation. The two firms have been selected to win the Diversity Commendation award this year have demonstrated impressive, consistent and innovative commitments to diversity and inclusion. Both law firms are committed to successful diversity initiatives/projects and have implemented excellent strategic diversity plans internally.
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.
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.
|Number of work placements:||80|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivalent); likely to be around 340 UCAS points (or equivalent)|
|Start salary:||£40,000 (London) / £36,000 (Bristol)|
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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 2016.
Please note that we fill our roles on a first come first served basis. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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. Our 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, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These priority 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.
Our paid internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career with us. Your placement in our London or Bristol offices will give you a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions we work on.
Summer vacation scheme (London & Bristol):
In London, our two week scheme is open to penultimate year law and non-law students, final year students and graduates. In Bristol, the scheme is one week and open to penultimate year law students, final year students and graduates. Applications open 15 October 2016.
Spring insight scheme (London):
Two day workshop, for first year law and non-law students and penultimate year non-law students. Applications open 1 January 2017.
Winter vacation scheme (London):
One week scheme aimed specifically at all final year students and graduates. Applications open 1 October 2016.
A series of open days are also available in London and Bristol to all students and graduates and are run throughout the year.
Training contract programme
We’re looking for trainees who have great intellectual abilities, but who can also show that they have initiative and drive. So while we’re interested in your academic successes, we also want to see your potential. That’s why our assessment process focuses on the raw skills you have now, not just on what you have achieved.
We offer training contract opportunities in our London and Bristol offices open to law and non-law students and graduates. Through our innovative trainee skills academy, you’ll get access to the best training and support across a broad range of essential skills, such as client, commercial, people and technical. During the training contract, you’ll 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
Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jeddah*, Lisbon*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Riyadh*, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo (* Associated office)
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