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Applicants are asked to complete an application form via the link below and attend an interview. Following interview, up to eight successful candidates will be invited to attend a work placement for one week at our offices.
Applications must be made via Apply4Law.
The deadline for all completed applications is Tuesday 31 May 2022.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 4 July 2022
The work placement week will take place in the week commencing Monday 8 August 2022.
How to applysimkins.grad.allhires.com
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Panel interview
- Written exercise
Simkins LLP is a niche commercial law firm based in central London. We are best known for our work in the media and entertainment sector, but we also act for entrepreneurs and businesses in many other industries, including property, retail, professional services and finance. We pride ourselves on really getting to understand our clients’ businesses so that we can provide the best practical advice, specifically tailored to our clients’ needs. Our clients range from individual entertainers and entrepreneurs, through small and medium-sized enterprises, to the largest multi-national corporations.
We provide a full range of legal services: corporate, commercial, property, family, private client, employment and dispute resolution. Our specialist areas include intellectual property, contract law, defamation and privacy. Our entertainment industry expertise covers all industry sectors including music, film, television, theatre, book publishing, advertising and digital media.
Following interview, successful candidates will be invited to attend a work placement for one week at our offices at Lynton House, during which, candidates will be given the opportunity to workshadow lawyers within the firm and will participate in a number of practical, legal and analytical exercises. The firm will offer up to eight work placements. There will be one placement week in 2022 – it will take place in the week beginning 8 August 2022. Following the work placement, if you are successful, an offer of a training contract to start in September 2024 will be made at some time shortly after your attendance on the work placement.
Our practice is split into the following areas of law: civil litigation, commercial and company, employment, family, private client and property. During your training contract/qualifying work experience, you will be given the opportunity to work in at least three areas of law (known as training seats). Each training seat usually lasts for six months.
At the beginning of your training contract/qualifying work experience, you will be assigned a training principle who will remain with you throughout your training contract/qualifying work experience. In each seat, you will be assigned a training supervisor, and will share an office with them. We conduct seat reviews at month three and month six of each training seat to assess your training and development needs, and to set and agree objectives for your next seat in line with the SRA's Practice Skills Standards.
You may also be asked to complete an ad hoc client secondment for up to three months. Alongside a competitive salary, our trainees are eligible for a range of benefits including private health insurance, group income protection, pension, cycle-to-work scheme, payroll giving and season ticket loans.
With the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as an alternative route to qualification, the way in which solicitors qualify is changing. Our recruitment programme to date has been based on the traditional route to qualification but we are in the process of reviewing the position and will publish further details on our website once available. We anticipate that, for those who have yet to take their SQE1, Essentials for Practice and SQE2, we will meet the cost at our preferred supplier, BPP, provided that, if you subsequently choose not to join us, you will be obliged to refund those costs to us.
We are fully committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion and we aim to recruit our trainees on the basis of their experience, abilities and qualifications alone. We are delighted to be working with Aspiring Solicitors as part of our drive to increase diversity in the legal industry. We also have a partnership with ReachOut, a mentoring charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their career prospects. We don’t recruit directly from the ReachOut programme, but we do provide mentoring, an insight day and two spaces for candidates to attend our placement week to gain invaluable work experience.
If you are successful, our training contract offer will be conditional on you successfully completing the LPC, passing each module on the first attempt. For those who have yet to take their LPC, we will meet the cost of the LPC at our preferred supplier, BPP, provided that, if you subsequently choose not to join us as a trainee, you will be obliged to refund those costs to us. We will meet the cost of your attendance on the compulsory Professional Skills Course which will take place during the course of your training contract. We will consider the cost of any required reattendance or resits at our discretion.
- Private client
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
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.
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.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
<p>Intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.</p>
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Training contract applications:||400 (2021)|
|Retention rate:||50% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Aspiring Solicitors