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We are looking for trainees with strong academic ability, who will be able to cope with complex legal issues and technical drafting. We recruit from a wide range of universities, taking both law and non-law graduates who have achieved a degree at 2.1 level or above. Our assessment process reflects our high standards but is designed to put candidates at their ease, give them a flavour of the firm and enable them to perform at their best. We use a variety of assessments including two partner/HR interviews, a written exercise, presentation and case study.
As ours is very much a people business, candidates must demonstrate strong presentation and communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in teams. Applicants should be commercially aware and demonstrate a keen interest in our work. They will also be proactive, enthusiastic and have a sense of humour.
A career with Peters & Peters will be both exciting and challenging and we require individuals who are tenacious, driven and committed to taking on a steep learning curve. In return you will benefit from early responsibility, a rewarding career, plenty of support and the opportunity to carry out high quality and stimulating legal work.
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Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Peters & Peters is a specialist practice focused on heavyweight international disputes, especially business crime and investigations, and fraud and commercial disputes. We act for governments, corporations, financial institutions, professionals, executives and high net worth individuals. We also regularly advise foreign regulators and international organisations.
Many of our cases are high profile, complex and international in nature. Peters & Peters has been ranked as ‘top tier’ by the leading legal directories across its practice for many years.
The firm prides itself on being able to provide a welcoming, supportive and collegiate environment, exposure to high quality work and the opportunity to work with some of the most talented lawyers in our fields of practice.
Peters & Peters was also one of the first practices to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to fraud cases, handling both civil and criminal proceedings, including asset recovery matters. In doing so it has forged close working relationships with foreign law firms.
As a trainee you will spend time within our two departments (business crime and commercial litigation/civil fraud) and will also have the opportunity to experience a different area of law through an external secondment. The firm deliberately has a small trainee intake to ensure quality training, exposure to a wide range of practice areas and to maintain our excellent trainee retention rates.
Peters & Peters is a friendly firm, with a supportive culture and regular social and CSR activities. We value our trainees highly and make every effort to assist them in becoming fully integrated into the firm. Each trainee will be allocated a mentor and benefit from comprehensive training, ongoing feedback and regular performance reviews. Our trainees sit with a partner or experienced lawyer and will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the firm’s work including client meetings, business development activities and often international travel.
As we are currently recruiting one year in advance our process has not changed for 2023 training contract applications. In future years we will be open to receiving applications from candidates completing both the LPC and SQE qualification routes.
Peters & Peters is committed to justice in everything we do: for our clients, our communities, our planet and our people. Our mission is to foster an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and treated with respect.
Our diversity allies are responsible for promoting events and activities for each diversity strand. Recent examples include an official weekly tea-break following 'Time to Talk Day'; an external speaker sharing their experiences of living with Aspergers; and a partner-led interview discussing the history of PRIDE.
As a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter and participant in the Law Society’s Gender Charter Pilot, we take our responsibilities seriously. We have appointed a partner level diversity champion and, through our annual Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, aim to set ourselves challenging objectives to ensure progress and accountability. All employees receive regular diversity training and we have implemented new systems to enable us to track and publish our diversity statistics.
To enable us to attract and retain a more diverse mix of high calibre applicants we have provided unconscious bias training, reimbursed future trainees’ LPC fees, recruited apprentices and carried out blind application screening. We are currently reviewing our diversity policies, preparing our submission for the Women in Law Pledge, planning our first virtual graduate recruitment event and setting up a working group to explore how we can offer more valuable work experience opportunities to those from less privileged backgrounds.
We offer full financial support for the LPC fees.
- Business crime
- Commercial litigation/civil fraud
- External secondment
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Phone: 020 7822 7777
Email: [email protected]
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