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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
The firm is a broad-based and long-established London practice with a reputation for combining specialist expertise with a high standard of personal service.
Farrer & Co LLP won Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2019.
Types of work
The firm's breadth of expertise is reflected by the fact that it has an outstanding reputation in fields as diverse as matrimonial, intellectual property, sports, media, offshore tax planning, employment, estates work, charity law and defamation. It provides a range of specialist advice to private, institutional and corporate clients.
Who should apply
Trainees are expected to be highly motivated individuals with keen intellects and interesting and engaging personalities. Those applicants who appear to break the mould – as shown by their initiative for organisation, leadership, exploration or enterprise – are far more likely to get an interview than the erudite, but otherwise unimpressive student.
To find out what it is like to work at Farrer & Co LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Farrer & Co runs Easter and summer vacation schemes for undergraduates considering a career in law. These will take place virtually this year for one week each.
Easter: 11 April – 21 April
First summer: 19 June – 30 July
Second summer: 3 July – 14 July
Application forms can be completed online via the firm's website together with a well-constructed covering letter of no more than 350 words explaining why you are interested in participating in one of our vacation schemes. The deadline is 31 January 2023 for all schemes. Approximately 100 vacation scheme applicants will be invited to a virtual assessment day held in March 2023.
The training programme involves each trainee in the widest range of cases, clients and issues possible in a single law firm. This provides a broad foundation of knowledge and experience and the opportunity to make an informed choice about the area of law in which to specialise. A high degree of involvement is encouraged under the direct supervision of solicitors and partners. Trainees attend regular internal and external seminars. The training principal reviews trainees' progress at the end of each seat and extensive feedback is given. The firm has a friendly atmosphere and holds regular sporting and social events.
Fees for the SQE and £8,000 grant per year.
- IP & commercial
- Banking & financial services
- Charity & community
- Commercial property
- Rural property
- Residential property
- Contentious trusts & estates
- Reputation management
- Private client
- 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
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
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.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£530,000 (2016)|
|Training contract applications:||670 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||90% (2022)|
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