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Charles Russell Speechlys

  • 24 vacancies
  • 45 trainees
  • 160 partners
  • 1070 staff

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Training contract and vacation scheme applications should be made online via our website www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com. Applications will open on 3 October 2019 and the closing dates for our spring vacation scheme, summer vacation scheme and direct training contracts are 31 January 2020.

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Applications to

Ms Emma Hawken

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Video interview

Charles Russell Speechlys is one of a small number of law firms which provides personalised, considered advice to dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as astutely commercial advice to individuals and their families.

We are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive advice where these two sets of needs overlap and as a result we work with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, wealthy families and growth businesses.

Our approach is to take both a long-term and broad view, helping our clients to make the right decisions now and for the future.

We adapt to the needs of each of our clients and work with them in a highly responsive and personal way, sensitively guiding them to the right outcome. Many much larger commercial clients find our approach a refreshing alternative to that of larger, but less personal law firms.

We undertake to pay GDL and/or LPC course fees together with a maintenance grant.

Running in each of our UK offices – Cheltenham, Guildford and London – our scheme offers a detailed introduction to the legal world. Each week is spent in a different practice area where you will carry out fee-earning work that could include attending client meetings and going to court. Support is always close at hand, with a current trainee as mentor and an associate as sponsor for each placement. Our vacation scheme also has a programme of sports and social events to give you a real insight into the culture of the firm.

The two-year training contract at Charles Russell Speechlys is divided into four seats, giving trainees the opportunity to experience a range of different practice areas before qualification. This gives our trainees the chance to engage in high level work with both private clients and commercial clients.

Throughout the training contract, there are regular meetings and reviews between the trainees and their supervisors to ensure they are continuing to receive a broad range of quality work and that they are developing the required skills and knowledge as they progress through their seats.

  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Engineering & Projects
  • Private Wealth Disputes
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Employment
  • Pensions & Immigration
  • Family
  • Financial Services & Corporate Tax
  • IP litigation
  • Private Property
  • Property Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Successions
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

5 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RD
Phone: 020 7203 5353
Email: emma.hawken@crsblaw.com
Web: www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2.1
Start salary: £40,000 London, £35,000 Guildford, £30,000 Cheltenham
Sponsorship: CPE/GDL/LPC
Turnover: £73,400,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £350,000 (2013)
Starting salary: £40,000
Training contract applications: 900 (2018)
Retention rate: 88% (2018)
Partner diversity:
  • 74.0% male (2019)
  • 26.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 50.0% male (2019)
  • 50.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Bahrain
  • Geneva
  • Zurich
  • London
  • Guildford
  • Cheltenham
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • Luxembourg
  • Manama
  • Paris
  • Zurich
  • Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre
  • Blackfriars Settlement
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Solicitors' Network
  • Inspire!
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Sutton Trust
  • Working Families