Pinsent Masons LLP
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|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||Strong 2.1 degree or above in any subject|
|Start salary:||Dependent upon location (see website for details)|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications for training contracts commencing September 2020 English and Scottish training contract close on 27 July 2018.
Applications for training contracts commencing September 2018 Northern Irish training contract close on 16 November 2017.
Applications for 2018 English and Scottish summer vacation placement close on 5 January 2018.
Firm description and career prospects
We're an award-winning, multi-national commercial law firm with 3,000 people across offices in four continents. We deliver innovative legal solutions and services to a diverse range of clients, primarily in the energy, financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing & technology and real estate sectors. We advise on high-profile and cutting-edge national and international deals and transactions.
We have a bold vision of being an international market-leader in our global sectors by 2020 and have the strategy in place to deliver it. It's this kind of ambition and commercial thinking which creates opportunitiies for our business, our people and our clients. But we cannot get there through ambition alone. We need colleages who will share our vision and desire to be at the forefront of a changing legal landscape.
We recruit around 70 trainees each year onto our first-rate training contract programme and are very keen to have those people qualify, and develop their careers with us.
In England, full sponsorship is offered for the GDL and LPC fees, as well as a maintenance grant.
In Scotland, financial assistance is offered for PEAT1 fees, together with a maintenance grant.
In Northern Ireland the firm will pay your IPLS/GSPLE fees.
The facts speak for themselves. A good 60% of our trainees regularly join us after experiencing the working environment first-hand, through our summer placement programme. It's by far the best way for you to get to know us, and for us get to know you. A placement offers you a structured programme of work-based learning, skills training and presentations, working alongside trainees and solicitors on real client matters. You'll experience first-hand what it's like to be part of a team, and get the chance to make a great first impression. It's also a great way to get a feel for the firm's culture and social side scene as well as to start building a network of contacts!
A summer placement is the start of our investment in you. To make sure we give this opportunity to the most promising people, we interview for every position. If you gain a placement, it's because we're already thinking of you as a potential trainee. And over the course of the placement, we'll do our best to give you every chance to prove us right. That's why placement students don't need to make a separate application for the training programme. If you've already gained a placement, in our eyes you're already in the running.
Training contract programme
A training contract at Pinsent Masons represents the first stage of a focused development programme that will enable you to reach your full potential. Our training programme has been developed in-house; this ensures you receive a balanced and comprehensive introduction to the profession.
Trainees move departments every six months, this gives you the necessary time to develop the legal and commercial depth of understanding required to take on real responsibility. During the second year of training you will also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment to either our clients or an international office.
Who should apply?
We are looking to recruit and develop people with the curiosity and confidence needed to thrive in a transforming business landscape, where deep sector and client knowledge are just as important as specialist legal expertise. We have a set of eight key skills and abilities we look for in our vacation placement students and trainee solicitors. These reflect the qualities that our clients demand from our lawyers, so you can be confident that, if you are successful in securing a training contract with us, you possess the attributes needed to progress at ths firm.
What are our graduate opportunities?
We recruit around 70 trainee solicitors each year. We also offer around 100 vacation placements across our UK office network. Applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates.
Contentious construction, corporate, banking, employment, financial regulation, pensions, restructuring, tax advisory, EU and competition, insurance, litigation and regulatory, procurement, tax and tax litigation, energy and finance, infrastructure projects, construction and engineering, development and investment, planning and environment, energy and infrastructure, property dispute resolution, property investment, commercial, IP, TMT, TMT litigation.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester
Amicus, iProbono, Prince’s Trust
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Bright Network, City Horizons, DiversCity, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Pure Potential, Rare Recruitment, Social Mobility Foundation, Stonewall, StreetLaw, Sutton Trust, Working Families