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Burges Salmon LLP

  • 22 vacancies
  • 56 trainees
  • 91 partners
  • 750 staff

About Burges Salmon LLP

Based in one of the UK’s best cities to live in, we’re an independent UK law firm with an enviable range of clients.

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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: 31 October 2019, spring/summer 10 January 2020; closing date for training contract applications: 26 June 2020.


Applications to

Miss Anna Dixon

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.

The firm pays GDL and LPC fees for our future trainees to attend The University of Law. Maintenance grants of £7,000 are paid to LPC students, and £14,000 to students studying for both the GDL and LPC (£7,000 pa).

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.

  • 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 6938
Email: anna.dixon@burges-salmon.com
Web: www.burges-salmon.com/careers
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, any discipline
Start salary: £36,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £90 (2018)
Profit per partner: £430,000 (2018)
Starting salary: £36,000
Training contract applications: 1,015 (2019)
Retention rate: 100% (2019)
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
  • Bright Network
  • IntoUniversity
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stonewall