LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards: the results

updated on 18 May 2018

Central London was crackling with excitement tonight (17 May) as representatives from over 60 top law firms convened at IET London: Savoy Place to find out who would be the winners of the prestigious LawCareers.Net (LCN) Training & Recruitment Awards 2018. The awards – now in their 15th year – aim to identify and laud those firms that give their trainees a flying start in the legal profession, by playing it straight during the recruitment process, and supporting and nurturing their burgeoning careers.

Matthew Broadbent, business development director of LCN, said: “At a time of major change in the legal profession, the basic tenets of successful recruitment and career progression remain constant. Candidates need the kind of high-quality, up-to-date information about their prospects and opportunities that LCN provides, while employers need to devote care, time and attention to finding the right people for their business. We are delighted to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the multitude of firms which have rolled up their sleeves and made the start of so many legal careers incredibly rewarding and invigorating. At LCN we’d like to congratulate all our nominees and winners, and thank the 2,000 trainees and NQs who took the time to be part of what is a massive research project.”

The winners are:

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Best recruiter – Large City firm

Taylor Wessing

Best trainer – Large City firm

Osborne Clarke LLP

Best recruiter – National/large regional firm

Mills & Reeve LLP

Best trainer – National/large regional firm

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Best recruiter – US firm in the City

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Best trainer – US firm in the City

Forsters LLP

Best recruiter – Medium City firm

Farrer & Co LLP

Best trainer – Medium City firm

Michelmores LLP

Best recruiter – Medium regional firm

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

Best trainer – Medium regional firm

Helix Law

Best recruiter – Small firm

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors LLP

Best trainer – Small firm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Best work placement scheme – City firm

Burges Salmon LLP

Best work placement scheme – Regional firm

Ceri Vokes – Withers LLP

Best training principal – Large trainee intake

Mark Beeley – Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Best training principal – Small trainee intake

Reed Smith

Commendation for Diversity


The Commendation for Diversity, which was judged by a panel that included Carly Gilberg, senior manager at Rare Recruitment, and Chris White, founder of Aspiring Solicitors, was awarded to Reed Smith. The judges commented: “Reed Smith stood out for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, but also for a passion to drive change within the profession. Backed up by impressive statistics and a range of initiatives that include a reverse-mentoring programme and agile working policy, as well as the launch of its inaugural Diversity Summit, Reed Smith is determined to do more than just pay lip service to the importance of having a diverse workforce.”

The full list of nominees is here:

Best Recruiter – Large City Firm

Best Trainer – Large City Firm

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Best Training Principal (Large trainee intake)

Best Training Principal (Small trainee intake)