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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.
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Graduate Recruitment Team
Method of applicationOnline 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 01 October 2020.
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 15 January 2021.
Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2020.
Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2020.
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.
- Capital markets
- Financial services
- Real estate
- Structured finance & derivatives
- Intellectual property
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Phone: 020 7628 2020
|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivalent); 136 UCAS points (or equivalent)|
|Start salary:||£45,500 (London) / £40,000 (Bristol)|
|Profit per partner:||£710,000 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||4,000 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||72% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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