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Lewis Silkin

  • Up to 6 vacancies
  • 10 trainees
  • 61 partners
  • 420 staff

About Lewis Silkin

Commercial firm with a friendly informal style which encourages client contact and personal development. Two key focus areas include global employment and creative industries.

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Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Numeracy tests
  • Partner interview
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Lewis Silkin is a distinctive commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm takes pride in retaining a unique culture and a fun, less stuffy whilst professional and fast paced environment. It places a high priority on relationships with clients, excellent technical ability and the commercial thinking of their lawyers. Clients find them refreshingly easy to deal with. The firm is committed and professional as any good law firm but perhaps more adept at the inter-personal skills that make relationships work and go on working. It has a friendly, lively style with a commitment to continuous improvement. As an employer they place an unusually high emphasis on workplace engagement and has a genuine commitment to getting the right work life balance and see this as a key feature in attracting and retaining talented people. 

Lewis Silkin is recognised as a leading firm in global employment law, immigration and related services; and providing legal services to clients working within the creative industries and creative economy. It provides services through its eight key sectors: advertising and marketing; financial services; manufacturing and engineering; media and entertainment; professional services; retail, hospitality and leisure; sports business; and technology. The major practice areas include: brands and intellectual property; commercial; corporate; data and privacy; dispute resolution; employment; immigration; partnership; real estate; tax, reward and incentives; and trade mark and portfolio management. Clients range from large multinational corporations and FTSE 100 companies, to small owner managed business and entrepreneurs. The firm is a member of two global alliances – Ius Laboris, the global alliance of employment law specialist firms and GALA, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance.

Spring workshop

The firm’s three-day workshop in April is a great opportunity to gain a feel for life at Lewis Silkin. If doing a work placement at a law firm conjures up images of endless photocopying and running errands for partners, then think again! Lewis Silkin will give you an insight into what it's like to work for a fun, fast-paced and innovative law firm. During the course of the three days you will get overviews from legal practice group heads, take part in interactive activities and spend a day with one of their teams.

Open evening

The firm will provide you with an insight into what it really is like to work at Lewis Silkin. During the evening you will have presentations from partners and network with existing trainees and key fee earners from across the firm.

The firm provide a comprehensive induction and training programme. The training contract consists of four six-month seats in our key sectors and there is also the opportunity to participate in client secondments. The aim is for trainees to gain a broad range of experience. They will sit with a partner or managing associate and enjoy responsibility from an early stage. Their small trainee intake means you get responsibility from the word go and get recognised as individuals. You’ll get the opportunity to work with a number of clients ranging from start-ups to established multinationals.

The firm looks for approximately four to six trainees to join each September. They aim to attract applicants from diverse backgrounds, they don’t mind if you’re fresh out of law school or someone with previous experience in another industry.

Full financial support for GDL and LPC course fees and a maintenance grant of £6,500 for those commencing their GDL/ LPC.

  • Brands
  • IP
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Data
  • privacy
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Litigation
  • Real estate
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL
Phone: 020 7074 8000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 18
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree desirable, any subject
Start salary: £38,000 (Sept 2019)
Sponsorship: LPC/GDL fees and maintenance grant for each
Turnover: £42,000,000 (2014)
Profit per partner: £356,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £38,000
Training contract applications: 397 (2016)
Retention rate: 50% (2014)
Partner diversity:
  • 63.0% male (2018)
  • 37.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 47.0% male (2018)
  • 53.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Consultancies
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Cardiff
  • Dublin
  • Hong Kong
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Inspire!
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stonewall