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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

  • Approx 10 vacancies
  • 20 trainees
  • 28 partners
  • 250 staff

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We strongly encourage you to apply for a vacation scheme to secure a training contract at Skadden as the firm recruits the majority of its trainee solicitors from vacation schemes.To apply for one of our spring or summer vacation placements in 2020 or a training contract in 2022 please complete our online application form before 12 January 2020 for vacation placements, or 31 July 2020 for a 2022 training contract only.

Applications open on 1 October 2019.


Applications to

Mr Mathieu Pinto Cardoso

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

Skadden is one of the leading law firms in the world with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 22 offices across the globe. Our clients include corporate, industrial, financial institutions and government entities.

London is the largest of our European offices where we have some 250 lawyers dedicated to top-end, cross-border corporate transactions and international arbitration. We have handled matters in nearly every country in the greater European region, and in Africa and the Middle East. We consistently rank as a leader in mergers and acquisitions and private equity (Mergermarket) and amongst a whole host of accolades have been voted 'Global Law Firm of the Year' (Chambers & Partners), 'Best US Law Firm in London' (Legal Business), 'Best Recruiter' and 'Best Trainer' in the US law firm in London, for the second consecutive year (LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards).

To find out what it is like to work at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


Types of work undertaken and clients

Lawyers across the European network focus primarily on corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, banking, tax, corporate restructuring and, energy and projects. We also advise in international arbitration, litigation and regulatory matters.

The firm pays for GDL and LPC course fees and provides a £10,000 maintenance grant for each year of these courses.

The firm offers two-week vacation placements over either the spring or summer break to allow you a closer insight of our working culture and environment, as well as to provide first-hand experience of working on live transactions. There is a distinct emphasis on having our placement students involved in as much 'real' and relevant work as possible. You will be offered the chance to request the dates in which you would like to attend as well as two practice areas you wish to experience.

The firm can offer you the chance to develop your career in a uniquely rewarding and professional environment. You will join a close-knit but diverse team in which you will be given ample opportunity to work on complex matters, almost all with an international aspect, while benefiting from highly personalised training and supervision in an informal and friendly environment.

You training contract will be divided into four six-month seats where you will be able to gain experience in areas such as M&A, private equity, capital markets, insurance, international litigation and arbitration, white collar crime, banking, restructuring, tax and employment.

In the second year of the training contract at Skadden, you will have the opportunity to do an international secondment in New York, Hong Kong or Brussels.


Who should apply

The firm seeks to recruit a small number of high-calibre graduates from any discipline to join our highly successful London office as trainee solicitors. We are looking for candidates who combine intellectual ability with enthusiasm, creativity and a demonstrable ability to rise to a challenge and to work with others towards a common goal.

  • Corporate
  • Banking
  • Capital markets
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Funds
  • Tax
  • Investigations
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DS
Phone: 020 7519 7000
Email: graduate.recruitment.uk@skadden.com
Web: www.skadden.com/recruiting/united-kingdom
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £50,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Starting salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 1,500 (2014)
Retention rate: 100% (2015)
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Brussels
  • New York
  • London
  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Brussels
  • Chicago
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC
  • Wilmington
  • PRIME
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership