Simmons & Simmons LLP
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.
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.
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.
- Applications to: Miss Jenny Daniel
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2017: 31/07/2015 Winter work placement: 01/11/2014 Summer work placement: 31/01/2015 Spring work placement: 01/02/2015
|Number of work placements:||90|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivalent)|
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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 1 November 2014 - 31 March 2015.
Law undergraduates should apply from 1 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.
From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, 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, dispute resolution, competition & regulatory, employment, pensions & employee benefits, financial markets, intellectual property, projects, real estate, information, communications & technology, 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 £6,500 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, to help with expenditure on everything from rental deposits to a new suit!
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
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 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
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
A4ID, Battersea Legal Advice Centre, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Own It, TrustLaw Connect
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, PRIME, SEO London, Stonewall, Sutton Trust