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Addleshaw Goddard


Vacancies: 30
Trainees: 65
Partners: 177
Staff: 1250
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

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Application details and method of selection

Apply by 31 July 2015 begin training contracts in September 2017. 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.

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 - 40
Duration - one or two weeks
Location - all UK offices
Apply by 31 January 2015
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

Battersea Legal Advice Centre, Disability Law Service, Hillside Legal Advice Clinic, University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre

Diversity access schemes

Black Lawyers’ Directory, Business Compact, Lawyers in Schools, Pathways to Law, PRIME, SEO London


Turnover: £170,000,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £446,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £37,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 83% (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 79.0% male (2012)
  • 21.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 46.0% male (2012)
  • 54.0% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • Muscat



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