Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
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Application details and method of selection
Applications for training contracts must be made using our application form which can be found on our website (no other supporting material will be considered).
The application process for the vacation scheme consists of an application form and a first and second round of interviews.
Please note we do not accept CVs, covering letters or applications sent by post. Only information on the application form will be considered.
Firm description and career prospects
We are an innovative full-service law firm encompassing the following practice areas: media and entertainment, corporate, banking, litigation, technology, sport, IP, music, crime, property, employment, family and charity law. We advise a wide range of clients across a range of industries and business sectors including high profile individuals, start-ups, major corporations and public bodies.
Established in 1972, in Soho, we have now moved into spacious offices in Fitzrovia due to significant recent expansion. We are extremely well regarded by our clients, as evidenced by the high number of rankings for departments and individual lawyers in the legal directories. We are also recognised by our clients for our diversity and our entrepreneurial and dynamic culture.
A big part of what makes us different from other law firms is our work and support for social enterprises, charities and civil liberties. The internationally renowned charity, The Death Penalty Project, (which provides free legal representation to individuals facing the death penalty around the world), is supported by us and is based at our offices.
We are also part of an international legal network through which we can offer clients access to English speaking lawyers world-wide. We have lawyers with regional expertise, including multi-lingual lawyers.
We do not sponsor candidates through their vocational training.
Our summer vacation scheme is a great way to get an insight into life as a trainee at Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP. The 2019 scheme will take place for two weeks commencing 1 July 2019.
The scheme will see each student experience a minimum of two different practice groups across the two weeks. Each student will sit in at least one of our core practices (civil litigation, media and entertainment, corporate and commercial) and personal preferences will be catered to where possible.
On the first day you will have an induction and get up to speed with the IT systems as well as getting to know the firm and each other! You will be allocated a mentor in each seat to provide you with support and answer any questions you might have. You will quickly become an integral part of the teams you are working with, working alongside trainees, associates, senior associates and partners. Our trainees have responsibility from their first day and you will be given similar tasks to them. You can expect to be involved in tasks such as proof reading, drafting emails, letters and applications, attending client calls and meetings and making calls to courts and tribunals.
As well as getting an insight as to the work a trainee may be exposed to in the firm, you’ll also get to experience the social side of the firm and attend lunches and after work events giving you the opportunity to speak to people at every level of the firm. You will also be invited to a range of talks and sessions to help you get a feel for the whole firm and make an informed decision on your future. Students are also put into groups and asked to work together to prepare a presentation. Presentations will be made to a panel formed of associates, senior associates and partners at the end of the scheme.
For more details please see our website smab.co.uk/careers/vacation-scheme.
Training contract programme
We offer trainee lawyers an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in an open and diverse environment with partners and lawyers who are leaders in their fields.
Our period of recognised training currently provides trainees with the opportunity to gain experience in these major practice areas: media, corporate, commercial and finance (including film and TV and IP, broadcasting and tech), media: content and disputes (including libel, privacy and reputation management), dispute resolution, employment and family.
Applications from both law and non-law graduates are welcome. However, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate they have passed the LPC to an appropriate standard and are entitled to work in the United Kingdom without any additional approvals by commencement of the training contract. You should be able to demonstrate a consistently high level of academic and personal achievement, independent thinking and a desire for excellence.
We usually have one intake of trainees each year commencing in October. Our application window is 1 May to 31 October each year for intakes commencing in two years’ time.
For more details please see our website smab.co.uk/careers/trainee.
Type of practice
General Practice, Niche, General Commercial