Travers Smith LLP
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- Applications to: Ms Germaine VanGeyzel
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019: 31/07/2017 Summer work placement: 31/01/2017
Katie McGarry of Travers Smith gets the requisite buzz from corporate deals – a good sign that she’s in the right line of work. Learn more from her about the benefits of working with people you like in a supportive and non-hierarchical firm.
Having successfully resisted the urge to become a travel journalist, Germaine VanGeyzel has spent 16 years at Travers Smith honing her craft. She knows exactly what makes a successful interviewee and trainee; read on for her valuable insight.
Ryan Mason studied history at the University of Warwick. He took part in a two-week Christmas vacation scheme in December 2015 at Travers Smith and will be joining as a trainee in September 2018.
|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||AAB (at A level) and 2.1 degree|
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Application details and method of selection
Apply online through cvMail via our website at www.traverssmith.com for a training contract commencing in either September 2019 or March 2020. Applications open on 1 October 2016 and the deadline is 31 July 2017.
Once you've applied for a training contract, we'll take a close look at your application and contact your referees. After that, the first interview will be with a partner who will want to find out what sort of person you are.
Your second interview will be with two partners at our London office. A trainee will also show you around the office and give you the chance to meet a few other partners, associates and trainees.
Firm description and career prospects
Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.
Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds. It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.
A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen quality overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and very demanding standards.
Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.
Above all else, Travers Smith is a collegiate firm. We treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for clients. This has led to a climate of shared knowledge and goals, supported by a friendly, engaging team spirit.
What we do:
The main areas of our practice are commercial (including IP and IT), corporate, employment, employee incentives, environment & operational regulatory, competition, dispute resolution, finance, financial services & markets, pensions, real estate, restructuring & insolvency and tax.
Diversity access scheme
At Travers Smith, we understand that each one of us is different.
We value and respect these individual differences, and not just in relation to gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and faith, but also in terms of background, education, working style and family or care responsibilities.
As a leading law firm, we're committed to leveraging these differences in order to achieve better results and to better serve our clients and communities. We're also convinced that creating an inclusive environment where all our people feel valued and able to bring their differences to work every day creates a more stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work. For more information please visit our diversity and inclusion section on our website.
GDL and LPC paid in full and maintenance grant provided.
Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainee solicitors.
The workload includes attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a 'City tour', plenty of sporting and social activities such as softball and mixed hockey, 'working' lunches and informal evening events.
The firm looks for people who combine academic excellence with common sense; those who are determined and articulate, can think on their feet and take their work but not themselves seriously.
Training contract programme
The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.
During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist departments. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.
Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients. This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.
Corporate (London and Paris), dispute resolution, employment, finance, commercial real estate, competition, commercial, IP and technology, pensions, investment funds, tax, financial services and markets, environment and operational regulatory.
Type of practice
General Commercial, Corporate & Commercial
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