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Reed Smith

  • 25 vacancies
  • 50 trainees
  • 649 partners
  • 2939 staff

About Reed Smith

A fast-growing top 15 global law firm with an uncommon commitment to delivering high-quality service and developing long-term relationships.

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More info

Our vacancies will open 15 October, please see website for application deadlines – apply online.

Applications to

Mrs Holly Allen

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing

The key to our success is our ability to build lasting relationships: with clients and with each other. United through a culture defined by commitment to professional development, teamwork, diversity, pro bono and community support, we have grown to become one of the largest law firms in the world. Our 30 offices span three continents and London is currently the largest with over 600 people. Our offices benefit from an international framework, but each one retains key elements of the local business culture. The team in London is based in the Broadgate Tower, which boasts fantastic views of the city.

We are particularly well known for our work advising leading companies in the areas of financial services, life sciences, shipping, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media. We provide a wide range of commercial legal advice for all these clients, including a full spectrum of corporate, commercial and financial services, dispute resolution, real estate and employment advice. Much of our work is multi-jurisdictional.

Our vacation schemes are either one or two weeks long where delegates spend time in either one or two departments of their choice, shadowing associates and partners. In addition, delegates participate in bespoke training sessions and practical exercises to build their skills and knowledge of the law. They also enjoy a number of social events where we encourage engagement with current Reed Smith trainees.

The closing date for our spring 2021 scheme is 31 December 2020 and for summer is 31 March 2021.

We offer a four-seat programme and our approach to training means trainees are given access to real work and the option to take part in community projects or pro bono work. Our departments are structured across offices so that trainees are regularly in touch with colleagues and clients in different offices.

There are also opportunities for secondments to clients and our overseas offices. Trainees also benefit from being able to take a wide range of training courses offered by our learning and development team.

We have developed a new version of the LPC that fully integrates legal and business learning and leads to a unique LLM qualification, the LLM Commercial Legal Practice course. Our bespoke programme is the first of its kind and allows students to study commercial and legal aspects in parallel, not separately, so that they complete the course before entering the training contract with us.

GDL funding: Fees paid plus £6,000 maintenance.

LPC funding: Fees paid plus £7,000 maintenance.

We are in the process of finalising how we will transition to the SQE and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Corporate
  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • Financial services
  • Commercial disputes
  • Tax
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Transportation
  • IP tech & data
  • Entertainment & media
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2RS
Phone: 020 3116 3000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 30
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (or the equivalent)
Start salary: £45,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £611,700,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,050 (2017)
Retention rate: 83% (2015)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Energy companies
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Athens
  • Dubai
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Athens
  • Austin
  • Beijing
  • Belgium
  • Century City
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Houston
  • Hong Kong
  • Kazakhstan
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Miami
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Princeton
  • Richmond
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Silicon Valley
  • Singapore
  • Tysons
  • Washington DC
  • Wilmington
  • A4ID
  • Amicus
  • Aspire Foundation
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Fair Trials International
  • LawWorks
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Liberty
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • Prince’s Trust
  • ProHelp
  • Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
  • Reprieve
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Lawyers’ Directory
  • Bright Network
  • Brokerage Citylink
  • DiversCity
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • MyPlus Consulting
  • Stonewall
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference