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Apply via online application form. The deadline for training contracts commencing in September 2023 is 30 June 2021 and the deadline for our 2021 summer vacation scheme is 31 January 2021. 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. Based in Mayfair, 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 320 UCAS points (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 14 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 25 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. In the first year, this usually involves seats in three of the following departments: real estate, private client, corporate or dispute resolution. In the second year, the four-month pattern still applies, but if an area is of particular interest, it may be possible to spend additional time in the relevant department. 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. Our trainees also attend a bespoke Professional Skills Course, provided by a leading training supplier and designed for Forsters.
We have an exclusive arrangement with The University of Law for the provision of GDL and LPC courses to our future trainees, but we do not mind if you have already completed either course elsewhere. Payment of course fees, plus a maintenance grant of £6,000 per year of study, is offered to future trainees who have yet to complete these courses.
- Commercial real estate
- Property litigation
- Residential property
- Private client
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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 contract applications:||549 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||87% (2020)|
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