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This form will require you to complete details about yourself including your academics and personal contact info, your work experience to date, details of any extra-curricular activities and you will complete some free-text questions.
You will receive a link asking you to complete the video interview. This is a one-way recorded interview where you will be shown a number of questions and have a set amount of time to record your response online.
Case study (face-to-face)
This is a virtual face-to-face exercise. You will be given all the information materials on the day and given time to prepare before meeting with an assessor.
This is the final stage in the process. The interview takes place virtually, and is a chance for our interviewers to find out more about you.
We are looking for applicants who are driven, motivated, tenacious and inquisitive as well as being passionate about the law. Whilst we are looking for people who are driven to succeed we also look for trainees who are driven by values.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Video interview
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more than 1000 people with over 550 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. Based in London with offices in Singapore, the firm services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work it undertakes is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning five core practice areas. Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests, recognising the significant nexus between business affairs and personal affairs. We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal’.
Types of work
Organised internally into six key departments – dispute resolution, private, innovation, corporate, employment and real estate. The firm also has a growing number of specialist groups which include: banking and finance, defamation, employment, fraud, immigration, services to private clients, sports and media and reputation management.
Who should apply
Applications are welcome from penultimate-year law students, final-year non-law students and other graduates wishing to commence a training contract. The firm recruits from a wide range of universities.
We don’t believe that lawyers who have the intellect, agility, and personality to shape a client’s future can be churned off a production line. So while other firms may have a narrow, prescriptive view of what a lawyer should be, we offer you an alternative. At Mishcon de Reya our junior lawyers are the future of our business. And the future of law is not predictable: the years to come will look nothing like the years that came before. So we need shapers. We need bold individuals who can adapt to seismic changes across the legal, social and political spheres. We need creative thinkers who can revolutionise the way we work, bringing technology to the fore while never forgetting the power of human thought and human interaction.
Due to COVID restrictions all our 2021 vacation schemes were run as two day virtual events. We hope to be able to return to an in-office or hybrid structure in 2022 however the exact details will be decided and communicated to successful candidates closer to the time.
As well as a number of group and individual written assessments, there will be opportunities for you to meet existing trainees, training principals and other fee-earners from across the firm. There will also be a number of talks given by representatives from our new practice areas including MDRxTECH, Mishcon Purpose and our Politics & Law Group.
Applications for our 2022 spring and summer vacation schemes open on 23 August 2021 and close on 22 December 2021.
Trainees have the opportunity to experience four different seats of six months each. Because of the relatively few training contracts offered, trainees can expect to be exposed to high-quality work with early responsibility. In order to support this, the firm has a wide-ranging training and education programme, and provides extensive internal training in addition to the Professional Skills Course. Trainee performance is monitored closely and trainees can expect to receive regular feedback.
On 28 October 2020 the Legal Services Board (LSB) approved the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as a new approach to qualification.
We intend to continue with our two-year training contract for the foreseeable future. Any candidates who are offered a training contract from one of our 2022 vacation schemes, and who have started their LPC course, will be allowed to continue with the traditional qualification route. All other candidates (both law and non-law) will be asked to qualify through the SQE route.
Diversity and inclusion lie at the heart of our core values. At Mishcon de Reya, our aim is to promote and foster a culture which embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of talent, to empower individuals to fulfil their, and the firm’s, potential. In order to support this, we recognise the importance of flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how this could work for you and our business.
Our purpose remains rooted in our founding values. We have always been driven by an entrepreneurial, tenacious and socially conscious spirit: one that has always embraced change in order to stay relevant and shape the future.
From our offices in London and Singapore, we still counsel clients around the world with the same vision, dedication and passion that we set out with. We continue to fight for freedoms, settle disputes, protect assets and grow businesses. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests and appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside them as a trusted advisor.
We are committed to having a material positive impact on society and the environment and operating as a socially responsible business. Our impact aims are to:
- Increase access to law
- Create opportunity
- Increase diversity in the legal profession
- Make sustainability a reality
We will set clear goals, measure our efforts and support our people with opportunities to make an impact in their work and their personal lives.
In 2021, Mishcon de Reya achieved B Corporation certification as certified by B Lab, the non-profit organisation behind the B Corps movement.
B Corps are defined as "businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy."
Our long established equity, diversity and inclusion programme works towards encouraging diversity in the legal profession, whilst our pro bono work, giving and volunteering increases access to law and creates opportunity. Our commitment to our climate change strategy will make sustainability a reality.
We offer full LPC, GDL and SQE funding in addition to a living allowance of £7,000 payable in each full academic year of study.
- Fraud defence
- Tax disputes & investigations
- White collar crime
- Finance & banking disputes
- Contentious regulatory & enforcement
- Commercial litigation
- Insurance litigation
- International arbitration
- Private commercial litigation
- Reputation protection
- Art law
- Mishcon purpose (ESG)
- Tax & wealth planning
- Private wealth disputes
- Core corporate
- Private equity
- Corporate tax
- Commercial real estate
- Real estate finance
- Real estate tax
- Planning & construction
- Real estate litigation
- IP brands
- IP disputes
- Competition & EU
- External client secondments
- International secondment (Singapore)
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
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 wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
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.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
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.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£1,050,000 (2020)|
|Training contract applications:||1,800 (2021)|
|Retention rate:||93% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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