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Burges Salmon LLP

  • 25 vacancies
  • 52 trainees
  • 100 partners
  • 850 staff

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More info

Apply via employer's application form which is available online via firm website. Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment centre followed by an interview with a recruitment partner and member of the HR team. Selection for the winter vacation scheme is through an assessment day in November, summer scheme selection events are held in February.

Closing date for vacation scheme applications: winter: 28 October 2021, spring/summer 10 January 2022; closing date for training contract applications: 23 June 2022.

Applications to

Miss Bessie Phelps

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent standard of legal and business advice to our clients. Many of our practice areas and sectors win awards and recognition as best in class. Our national and international client base ranges from private individuals to government departments and FTSE 100 companies including The Crown Estate, Nationwide, Lloyds Banking Group, John Lewis, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and FirstGroup.

The quality of our expertise is widely recognised across our main departments including corporate and financial institutions, dispute resolution, planning, construction and engineering, projects, real estate and private client. The key sectors in which we operate are energy, power and utilities, financial services, infrastructure, private wealth, the public sector, real estate, and transport.

Our open and collaborative culture promotes an inclusive work environment which ensures that we continue to recruit, retain and motivate the highest calibre of people across the business. Our award-winning training programme based at our HQ in Bristol gives you expert guidance in your career and access to high profile clients.

Burges Salmon offers 40 places over four paid vacation schemes. Candidates visit two departments of their choice supervised by a senior solicitor, and attend court visits and client meetings. Current trainees run skills training sessions, sports and social events that provide a real insight into life at the firm.

Our six-seat training contract is designed to provide you with the greatest breadth of experience possible as a trainee. While traditional training contracts normally include four six-month seats, ours includes six four-month placements. This ensures you gain the maximum exposure to our varied practice areas and experience a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work from across our main departments.

As a trainee you will be given early responsibility balanced with truly open door support. From the beginning you will be learning from lawyers recognised as experts in their fields who are able to offer the advice and guidance you will need to develop into a trusted business adviser.

From September 2021, the firm will be sponsoring our future trainees to complete the PGDL and the LLM Legal Practice course at the University of Law. Maintenance grants of £7,000 are paid to LLM students, and £14,000 to students studying for both the PGDL and LLM (£7,000 pa).

  • Corporate
  • Banking
  • Pensions
  • Employment
  • Commercial
  • Dispute resolution
  • Projects
  • Construction & engineering
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Family
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX
Phone: 0117 307 6312
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, any discipline
Start salary: £42,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £90 (2018)
Profit per partner: £430,000 (2018)
Training contract applications: 1,872 (2020)
Retention rate: 85% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 80.0% male (2019)
  • 20.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 45.0% male (2019)
  • 55.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Retail outlets
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • FareShare
  • #10000BlackInterns
  • Black Professionals Network
  • Bright Network
  • City Solicitors Horizons
  • IntoUniversity
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stonewall