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Simmons & Simmons LLP

25 vacancies
55 trainees
290 partners
1800 staff

We are an international law firm with expert teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We offer training contracts in London and Bristol.

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Application process: online application form, online judgement test, verbal and logical reasoning tests, video interview and an assessment centre.

Application deadlines: Please note that we fill our roles on a first come first served basis. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment Team

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Video interview

We’re a truly international firm, with truly international reach. Every day, our expert teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia come together to work on our clients toughest commercial challenges. Our lawyers are sector specialists so they’re experts in the areas that matter most to everyone’s future – from healthcare and technology to the financial forces that power our world. 

We’re reimagining what a career in law looks like. It’s all part of our long-term strategy to change the way we work, so we can deliver smarter solutions – to our people and our clients. It means that when you join our firm, you’ll discover so much more than the practice of law.

Discover what it’s like to be a trainee lawyer with one of our vacation schemes. Over one or two weeks in either Bristol or London, you’ll experience the work, the reach and the day-to-day buzz of our international firm. Throw yourself into this full programme of social events and work experience, and you’ll get a taste for our firm and the work we do, from research to drafting, and meetings to departmental training. 

Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open in Autumn 2022.

Spring insight scheme (London): A two-day workshop for first year students of all disciplines, as well as penultimate year non-law students. Applications open in January 2023.

Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open in Autumn 2022.

Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications opened 1 October 2021 and close on 4 February 2022. 

We offer training contracts in both Bristol and London, and either way, you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation we’re known for. As well as moving through four six-month seats across our practice areas, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning and online tools designed to support your journey through to qualification.

We want to hear from ambitious future lawyers, who are ready to leave their mark. We’re looking for students who are on course for at least a 2.1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.

We will cover your full tuition fees for law school and provide you with a maintenance grant. Those joining our Bristol office will be offered the option of studying in Bristol or London and those joining the London office will study in London.

Non law graduates will study BPP’s law conversion course called the PDGL, for which we will provide a maintenance grant of £6,500 in Bristol and £7,500 in London.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is set to replace the LPC. The SQE will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in September 2021, however trainees are not required to follow this route straight away. Keep an eye on our website for updates on when we will transition to the SQE route. The SQE route will continue to involve a one year preparatory course. The course will be designed to support you through the SQE exams and ensure you have all the skills you need to hit the ground running during your training contract. Whether you study the SQE or LPC route, we will sponsor you and provide a maintenance grant of £7,500 in Bristol and £9,000 in London.

  • Banking
  • Competition
  • Antitrust
  • Trade
  • Corporate
  • Debt
  • Capital markets
  • Financial services
  • ICT
  • Projects
  • Real estate
  • Structured finance & derivatives
  • Employment
  • Pensions
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9SS
Phone: 020 7628 2020
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree (or equivalent); 136 UCAS points (or equivalent)
Start salary: £46,000 (London) / £40,500 (Bristol)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £374,000,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £710,000 (2018)
Training contract applications: 4,000 (2019)
Retention rate: 72% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 15.0% male (2021)
  • 85.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 46.0% male (2021)
  • 54.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Hong Kong
  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Beijing
  • Bristol
  • Brussels
  • Cambridge
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Jeddah*
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Riyadh*
  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • *Associated offices
  • A4ID
  • Battersea Legal Advice Centre
  • LawWorks
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • Prisoners’ Advice Service
  • Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • City Horizons
  • City Solicitors Horizons
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London
  • Stonewall