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Ms Emma Hawken
Method of applicationOnline 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.
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.
We undertake to pay GDL and/or LPC course fees together with a maintenance grant.
- Banking & finance
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Engineering & projects
- Private wealth disputes
- Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Financial services & corporate tax
- IP litigation
- Private property
- Property litigation
- Real estate
- Trusts & successions
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£350,000 (2013)|
|Training contract applications:||1,000 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||88% (2018)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Hong Kong
- Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre
- Blackfriars Settlement
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- City Parents
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Pathways to Law
- Social Mobility Business Partnership
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Valuable 500
- Working Families