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Farrer & Co LLP

10 vacancies
20 trainees
98 partners
535 staff

Farrer & Co is a London law firm with just over 500 staff, 98 of whom are partners.

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More info

Applications are dealt with online via the firm's website. A well constructed covering letter forms part of the online application. We have a minimum academic requirement of an AAB at A level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree, but we will consider mitigating circumstances for academics below this. The closing date for training contract applications is 31 March 2024.

Applications to

Mrs Claire Roche

Method of application

Online 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 this year for one week each in a hybrid setting.

Easter: 2 April – 12 April

First summer: 24 June – 26 July

Second summer: 8 July – 19 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 5 January 2024 for all schemes. Approximately 100 vacation scheme applicants will be invited to a virtual assessment day held in March 2024.

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.

We have moved away from the GDL / LPC route and require all our future trainees to do the SQE. Note that you are still eligible to apply if you have already completed your GDL / LPC. For those who have already obtained the LPC you will be required to complete the SQE2.

Here at Farrer & Co we recognise the importance of creating an inclusive environment in which people can progress and fulfil their potential. We are committed to ensuring that all our people are employed, trained, compensated and promoted solely on the strength of their ability, qualifications, experience and merit.

We value the wellbeing of our people and pride ourselves on being a supportive employer, taking reasonable and practical steps to help them to balance their careers with other aspects of their lives. We think this is reflected in the fact that we have an exceptionally low staff turnover.

Diversity and inclusion enriches the culture of the firm and means that we are better positioned to continue to provide a first-class service to our clients.

Please see our website for more – Working with us – join us brochure (

Fees for the SQE and £8,000 grant per year.

  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • IP & commercial
  • Banking & financial services
  • Charity & community
  • Commercial property
  • Rural property
  • Residential property
  • Family
  • Disputes
  • Contentious trusts & estates
  • Reputation management
  • Private client
  • Tax
  • Immigration
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

66 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LH
Phone: 020 3375 7000
Email: [email protected]
Training programmes offered:
  • Solicitor apprenticeship
  • Training contract/QWE
Work placement: Yes
Number of vacation schemes: 30
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree
Start salary: £45,000 (Sept 2023)
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
Turnover: £80,000,000 (2020)
Profit per partner: £530,000 (2016)
Training programme applications: 590 (2023)
Retention rate: 90% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 65.0% male (2023)
  • 35.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 45.0% male (2023)
  • 55.0% female
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