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

15 vacancies
27 trainees
35 partners
220 staff

Skadden is a leading law firm advising businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities around the world on their most complex, high-profile matters.

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Masterclass | M&A

In this masterclass, sponsored by Jones Day, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, Osborne Clarke LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, you'll find out exactly what it means to be an M&A lawyer. Hear our panel of leading lawyers discuss what M&A actually means, how it's done professionally and efficiently, the importance of client satisfaction, and why it's at the heart of a successful legal career.

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More info

The firm recruits all its trainee solicitors from vacation schemes. To apply for one of our vacation placements in 2024 and a training contract in 2026 please complete our application before 10 December 2023:

Applications open on 1 September 2023.

Applications to

Mr Mathieu Pinto Cardoso

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Telephone interview
  • Written exercise

Skadden is one of the leading law firms in the world with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 21 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 200 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 and 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 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. 

The vacation schemes are a crucial part of our graduate recruitment process. 

The firm offers 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 with a genuine interest in commercial law 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.

Trainees starting with the firm in 2026 will complete the SQE at BPP in London.

At Skadden, we’ve always embraced the idea that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) only make us stronger. our DEI strategy therefore prioritises career development within our attorney talent pipeline while seeking to foster a deep sense of inclusion and belonging.

From our in-house DEI management team to our best-in-class approaches to recruiting and development, training and programming, and global and local diversity committees, our internal support structures position us to cultivate diversity and foster an equitable and inclusive workplace. Our initiatives and outreach seek to ensure that we continue to maintain a diverse team of high-performing attorneys throughout our ranks and uphold a culture of inclusion that is tightly woven into the fabric of our firm. Our firm-sponsored affinity networks play an integral part in our efforts, helping to facilitate relationship-building among attorneys and inform and enrich the broader Skadden community. Prospective candidates will have opportunities to meet with our affinity groups during a range of webinars throughout the graduate recruitment process.

Our affinty networks in London:

Women’s Initiative Network

Asian, Middle Eastern and North African

Black Lawyers for Diversity


FAM (parents)

The firm pays for the PGDL/SQE course and exam fees and provides a £12,500 maintenance grant for the PGDL and a £15,000 maintenance grant for the SQE.

  • Corporate – general M&A
  • Corporate – private equity
  • Corporate – capital markets
  • Corporate – insurance
  • Corporate – restructuring
  • Banking
  • Tax
  • Investment management
  • IT
  • IP
  • Tech & cybersecurity
  • Employment
  • Arbitration/litigation
  • White collar crime
  • Antitrust
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

22 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4BQ
Phone: 020 7519 7000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree
Start salary: £58,000
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
Training programme applications: 1,500 (2014)
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Brussels
  • Hong Kong
  • New York
  • London
  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Brussels
  • Chicago
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC
  • Wilmington
  • Afghan Pro Bono Initiative
  • Social Finance Hot Desk
  • Aspiring Solicitors