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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
Our lawyers are specialists in four highly regulated sectors; asset management and investment funds; financial institutions; healthcare and life sciences; and technology, media and telecommunications. Using their specialist skills to understand business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.
We’re a place of energy. Of thinking diﬀerently. Of taking action and delivering smarter solutions. A place where you can be free to be you. Where inherent curiosity leads to positive enquiry, challenge and question; where a commitment to continuous learning helps to deepen your understanding of colleagues and broaden your perspective on the world.
A place for ideas, skills, ambition and innovation. For supercharging personal growth and professional challenge. For powering success through trust, respect, integrity and an unwavering commitment to quality.
In a complex, demanding world, Simmons is somewhere that cuts through the noise to build the future. We’re a place of progress where 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 close on 15 February 2023.
We offer training contracts in London and Bristol, where you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation and collaborative approach we’re known for. Ideally placed to build a long-term career, you’ll uncover a world of high-end clients and gain immediate exposure to some of their most complex challenges. 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 and curious future lawyers, who are ready to leave their mark. We’re looking for university 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 Funds
- Financial Services Regulatory
- Digital Business
- Natural Resources
- Infrastructure (ENRI)
- Real Estate
- Structured Finance & Derivatives
- Corporate Tax
- Pensions & Incentives
- Intellectual Property
- Disputes & Investigations
- Insurance & Construction
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. 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
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. 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 involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and food.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Phone: 020 7628 2020
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivalent); 120 UCAS points (or equivalent)|
|Start salary:||£50,000 (London) / £44,000 (Bristol)|
|Fees paid for:||
|Profit per partner:||£710,000 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||4,000 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||69% (2019)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Hong Kong
- San Francisco
- *Associated offices
- Battersea Legal Advice Centre
- LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group)
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- Prisoners’ Advice Service
- Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
- TrustLaw Connect
- 10000 Able Interns
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Bright Network
- City Horizons
- City Solicitors Horizons
- Rare Recruitment
- SEO London