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Addleshaw Goddard


Vacancies: 30
Trainees: 70
Partners: 160
Staff: 1200
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 70
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, 3 Bs A level (excluding General Studies)
Start salary: £37,000 London, £25,000 Leeds/Man
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

Application details and method of selection

Apply by 31 July 2014 begin training contracts in September 2016. Interviews for our training contracts start early June.

Firm description and career prospects

Addleshaw Goddard is a dynamic, international law firm committed to doing all it can to help its clients and its people succeed in their ambitions.

Lots of law firms say they are different and talk about the reasons why. Those reasons sound the same.

Addleshaw Goddard tries to be different. By listening. By innovating. Through a combination of technical excellence, market insight and commercial decision-making and importantly, by being fun to work with and for.

The firm is an FT Innovation Award winner and is pioneering new ways of delivering services which bring outstanding value to its clients and exciting career opportunities for its lawyers. Wherever you are based, you'll also be part of the team from day one, getting first-hand experience of working with blue-chip clients within a supportive yet challenging environment, and benefit from a structured training programme designed with your future success in mind.

To find out what it is like to work at Addleshaw Goddard read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Main areas of work

The firm's client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, and includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE100 companies, and a market leader across its business divisions – commercial services, corporate, finance and projects, litigation and real estate - as well as in specialist fields such as private capital, and across its chosen sectors: financial services, government, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer and real estate.

Overseas offices

Dubai, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Singapore. The firm also has a formal alliance with Tokyo-based Hashidate Law Office, and a world-wide network of strong relationships with chosen firms in North America, Europe and other emerging jurisdictions.

Trainee profile

Graduates who are capable of achieving a 2:1 and can demonstrate commercial awareness, teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications from law and non-law graduates are welcomed, as are applications from students who may be considering a change of direction. We also have a Legal Access scheme for applicants on GDL or LPC with less conventional academic backgrounds. Further details can be found on our website.


GDL and LPC fees are paid, plus a maintenance grant of £7,000 (London) or £4,500 (elsewhere in the UK). Benefits include corporate gym membership, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurant, pension and private healthcare.

Work placements

Places for 2014 - 70
Duration - one or two weeks
Location - all UK offices
Apply by 31 January 2014
Interviews for our placement schemes start early January

Training contract programme

During each six-month seat, there will be regular two-way performance reviews with the supervising partner or solicitor. Trainees may have the opportunity to spend a seat in one of the firm’s other offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available. Seated with a qualified solicitor or partner and working as part of a team enables trainees to develop the professional skills necessary to deal with the demanding and challenging work the firm carries out for its clients. Practical training is complemented by high-quality training courses provided by both the in-house team and external training providers. A trainee buddy programme is in place with the trainee predecessor for the first seat. All trainees have a mentor for the duration of their training contract and beyond.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial

Work areas


London, Leeds, Manchester

Probono initiatives

Hillside Legal Advice Clinic, University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre

Diversity access schemes

Black Lawyers’ Directory, Business Compact, Lawyers in Schools, PRIME



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Poppy Fildes

University of Durham
Trainee solicitor

I've had seats in Corporate and Real Estate. Despite their differences, I've been struck by the common ground they share: friendly, down-to-earth people, who are genuinely willing to help. There's an open-door policy and everyone is keen to participate in making my time in their department as enjoyable as possible.

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University of Westminster
Trainee Solicitor

Eight months in and AG still feels like a refreshingly different place to be. Challenging work and careful supervision are a given. To top it off, after writing this I'm heading to Regents Park with the rest of the corporate department for an impromptu summer picnic.

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