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Apply via online application form. The deadline for training contracts commencing in September 2026 is 3 June 2024 and the deadline for our 2024 summer vacation scheme is 11 January 2024. Please see our graduate recruitment website for more details.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
We are a dynamic, successful firm committed to being the best at what we do. Forsters was founded in 1998 and has since more than trebled in size. Whilst we are best known for our top-flight real estate and private client practices, we have thriving corporate and dispute resolution teams. Forsters offers interesting, intellectually challenging work, high quality clients and fantastic people to work with and learn from. We are dedicated to giving outstanding client service in a highly professional, collaborative and supportive environment.
Types of work
The firm has a strong reputation for all aspects of commercial and residential real estate work. The real estate groups deal with investment funding, development, planning, construction, landlord and tenant, property taxation and residential investment and development. Forsters is also recognised as having one of the leading private client practices in London with a client base comprising a broad range of individuals and trustees in the UK and offshore. Our corporate practice specialises in company acquisitions and disposals, financings and joint ventures and shareholder arrangements. The dispute resolution group handles and resolves a wide variety of commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation as well as working alongside the firm’s private client group in relation to trust and probate disputes.
Who should apply
We recruit graduates from a broad range of backgrounds and welcome both graduate and undergraduate applicants as well as degrees in any discipline. Our standard criteria are a minimum of ABB or equivalent from three A levels (excluding general studies) and a 2:1 or higher degree classification (achieved or predicted). Beyond this, we are looking for ambitious, resilient, personable and motivated candidates who thrive on responsibility within a team environment.
Forsters offers up to 20 vacation scheme places during the summer, each for a two-week period. Please see our graduate recruitment website for more details.
We also hold a number of open days throughout the year, where students are invited to visit our office to discover more about us. The day involves talks by partners and fee-earners working in some of our key practice areas as well as the opportunity to meet our current trainees. We welcome approximately 30 students to each open day on an invitation only basis. Please see our graduate recruitment website for more details.
A training contract with Forsters consists of six four-month seats. As the training contract progresses, increasing responsibility is given; trainees start working on their own files and talking to and meeting with clients. Supervision and guidance is always available, but we are keen that our trainees quickly start playing a real role in our teams. In addition to 'on the job training', there are regular in-house seminars on legal and commercial topics as well as training on our IT and in-house systems.
We have an exclusive arrangement with The University of Law for the provision of the SQE to our future trainees, but we do not mind if you have already completed it elsewhere.
We have an exclusive arrangement with The University of Law for the provision of SQE courses to our future trainees, but we do not mind if you have already completed your studies elsewhere. Payment of course fees, plus a maintenance grant of £8,000 per year of study, is offered to future trainees who have yet to complete the SQE.
- Commercial real estate
- Property litigation
- Residential property
- Private client
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
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.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
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
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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 involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
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.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
|Profit per partner:||£402,000 (2012)|
|Training programme applications:||600 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||88% (2022)|
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