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Applications for 2022 training contracts are currently open on our website here with a deadline of 23.59 on Friday 22 May 2020.
Applications for 2021 vacation placements will open in September 2020.
Whether you would like to join us on a vacation placement or as a trainee solicitor, there are eight key qualities that we look for. These are attributes our clients expect from our lawyers, so if we invite you to join us, it means you already have what it takes to build a successful legal career here. Our eight qualities are:
An interest in business
We are a commercial law firm, so you will have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.
You will need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you are always open to learning from your experience, so you can be better next time.
With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you will be a convincing and persuasive communicator. However you will also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.
A focus on detail
With a conscientious approach you will have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You will be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it is always clear and accurate.
You have the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others' opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.
You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses you give others confidence in your abilities.
You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. Being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.
You will be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different background and experiences to your own. Whether you are communicating with colleagues or clients you will understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.
Our recruitment process consists of the following stages:
An online application form
Apply through our online application system. Read the questions, think about your responses and double-check everything before submitting.
After the deadline we will review all applications. If you are one of the ones who best meet our requirements, we will ask you to take an online psychometric assessment.
If you pass the online psychometric assessment, we will invite you to book to attend one of our assessment centres. This will include an interview with a partner or senior associate, a business simulation exercise, a SWOT analysis and presentation. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time with our current trainees. Please note that when applying for a vacation placement the assessments are split between the assessment centre and during your placement.
Review and offer
Whatever the outcome we will let you know after the assessment centre. If you meet our core capabilities and perform well we will make you an offer.
How to applywww.pinsentmasons.com/graduate
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
At Pinsent Masons we are a purpose-led professional services business with law at its core. We recognise that our clients rarely have legal problems; they have commercial challenges and opportunities. That's why we combine legal expertise with a wide range of complementary professional disciplines - enabled by process and technology – to address our clients' most pressing needs. With over 450 partners and more than 3500 people operating globally from 25 offices around the world, our people champion change, promote progress and enable everyone to make business work better for people.
The world has changed and profitability can no longer be the only measure of success in the legal industry. We have sought to expand and grow profitably, but to do so in a way that recognises the wider value and impact that we as a business can drive in collaboration with the clients and communities we work with.
This means putting a different concept at the heart of our business: that to be relevant and valued by our clients, you need to make a profile – but you also need to do business in the right way and for the right reasons.
To achieve this we need colleagues who share our vision and desire to be at the forefront of a changing landscape. We’re looking for people with ideas and opinions; with confidence and intellectual curiosity who can form relationships, build networks and drive the success of the business. We offer programmes and opportunities which allow you to get fully involved, make a significant contribution, and shape your experience.
Pinsent Masons has long believed in creating an inclusive and supportive workplace that enables our people to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. The firm is proud of its awards and recognition to support this. A few of these include a global champion for LGBT+, named as the UK's most LGBT+ inclusive employer, amongst the top global LGBT+ employers by Stonewall, included in The Times top 50 employers for women, 'Law Firm of the Year' at the Legal Business Awards and included in The Times top 100 graduate employers.
Our vacation placements are the perfect introduction to Pinsent Masons and one of our routes to securing a training contract with the firm. We design, structure and develop the placement programme to give you an experience which is practical and enjoyable whilst authentically reflecting the role of a trainee solicitor. Working alongside trainees and qualified solicitors on real client projects, you’ll enjoy structured work-based learning, skills training and presentations allowing you to get fully immersed in all aspects of working life at Pinsent Masons.
The facts speak for themselves. A good 70% of our trainees regularly join us after experiencing our work environment first-hand over a summer placement. It’s by far the best way for you to get to know us, and for us get to know you. Don’t just take our word for it have a look at some of our stories to hear from those who have completed a placement with us.
The programme is available across all our UK offices (London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester). Applications are open from early September to December. Successful candidates are invited to complete a psychometric assessment online before attending an assessment centre (consisting of an interview and a written exercise). All vacation placement participants are considered for a training contract at the end of the scheme.
On our tailored programme, we give you the best training experience possible, with a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession. As well as high quality work and unique levels of responsibility and client exposure, you’ll enjoy personalised development that takes your individual interests, ambitions and needs into account.
It all starts from the moment you accept our offer, with a programme of events and communications leading up to when you join the firm and take your first steps to becoming a qualified lawyer.
Your training starts on day one at our Crown Place Headquarters, where you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow trainees and begin to build a network of contacts across the firm.
Our residential trainee conference in your second week is when your intensive legal and skills training really starts. With a series of social events, it also gives you the chance to strengthen your bonds with other trainees.
On our two-year training programme, you’ll enjoy the chance to build both the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly-qualified solicitor and business advisor.
Throughout the programme you’ll gain broad exposure to different areas of the firm by moving seat every six months. The training in each seat is ‘front loaded’ to enable you to quickly develop legal knowledge of each area and take on real responsibility. When you qualify, you’ll have fully informed idea of which practice areas interest you and can take your career to the next level in your chosen specialism.
Our graduate development team will support you throughout your training contract, from liaising with the wider business on seat allocation, to meeting with you regularly to offer personal or professional support and guidance.
During the second year of your training contract, you may have the chance to take a secondment with one of our clients or another of our UK offices.
A number of client organisations offer secondments to our trainees and each time you move seat, you’ll find different, exciting opportunities are available. For example, some of our trainees have had the chance to work at AXA, Google, Heathrow Airport and Royal London.
The programme is available across our London, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester Offices. Applications are open from early September to May. Successful candidates are invited to complete a psychometric assessment online before attending an assessment centre (consisting of interview, written exercise and SWOT analysis).
In England, full sponsorship is offered for the GDL and LPC fees, as well as a maintenance grant.
In Scotland, full sponsorship is offered for PEAT1 fees, together with a maintenance grant.
In Northern Ireland the firm will pay your IPLS/GSPLE fees.
- Contentious construction
- Financial regulation
- Tax advisory
- Litigation & regulatory
- Tax litigation
- Infrastructure projects
- Energy infrastructure
- Property dispute resolution
- Property investment
- TMT litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
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.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
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.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
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 term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 0141 567 8495
|Number of work placements:||80|
|Minimum qualification:||Strong 2.1 degree or above in any subject|
|Start salary:||Dependent upon location (see website for details)|
|Profit per partner:||£400,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,237 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||81% (2019)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Prince’s Trust
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Lawyers’ Directory
- Bright Network
- City Horizons
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- Urban Lawyers Careers Conference
- Working Families