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
Training contract 2020 – applications open now for England and Scotland – deadline Friday 27 July 2018.
Assessment centre includes interview, psychometric test, in-tray exercise and SWOT presentation.
Vacation placement applications are open from Autumn to early January.
Firm description and career prospects
Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, specialising particularly in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. We work with clients including FTSE 100 and AIM listed companies, government departments and public sector institutions. Pinsent Masons is the only firm to operate across all three UK jurisdictions and we have been developing our overseas network of offices in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, continental Europe and Africa. This reflects our strategy to become a firm of truly international reach, offering world-class service and excellent value. At Pinsent Masons you can expect to get involved in interesting, highly commercial, client facing work from the outset. We work with you to develop your technical legal expertise alongside your knowledge of the sectors in which our clients operate, whilst helping you develop critical business skills.
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.
Over the course of a number of weeks, attendees will be fully immersed in all aspects of working life at Pinsent Masons. They will experience a structured programme of work-based learning, skills training and presentations, as well as plenty of socialising and networking. The programme is available across all of our UK offices – with placements available in London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester. Pinsent Masons typically recruit around 60-70% of their trainee solicitors through this programme, but acknowledge that not everyone can undertake a placement and fill a number of training contract placements directly.
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.
The two-year training contract comprises four six-month seats, spent in four different practice groups, and combines regulatory and skills training. Seat allocations take account of trainees’ preferences and aim to strike a balance between their choices and the firm’s requirements. In each seat trainees will be supervised by a senior colleague who will guide them through their learning and development in each seat. There is also full support from Pinsent Masons’ graduate development team who will meet trainees regularly to discuss their on-going performance.
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
Black Lawyers’ Directory, Bright Network, City Horizons, DiversCity, Legal Apprenticeships , Pathways to Law, PRIME, Rare Recruitment, Social Mobility Foundation, Stonewall, StreetLaw, Sutton Trust, Urban Lawyers Careers Conference, Working Families