Slaughter and May
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- Address: One Bunhill Row, London,
- Phone: 0207 090 4454
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.slaughterandmay.com/careers/trainee-solicitors.aspx
- Applications to: Mrs Janine Arnold
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019 and 2020: 28/07/2017 Winter work placement: 04/11/2016 Spring work placement: 16/12/2016 Summer work placement: 05/01/2017
Slaughter and May has always done things differently – from the multi-specialist approach of all its lawyers to the firm’s eschewal of arbitrary billing targets. Read on to learn more about this and life at the firm from associate Stephanie Kluk.
Don’t be fooled by what you might have heard about Slaughter and May – as trainee recruitment manager Janine Arnold attests, it’s an accessible firm with a friendlier culture than its name suggests to augment its elite-level practices. Read on for an insight into the firm and its recruitment process.
Camilla Turner studied history at University College London. She took part in Slaughter and May’s 2014 summer work experience scheme.
|Number of work placements:||160|
|Minimum qualification:||Good 2.1 ability, any discipline|
Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Slaughter and May.
Firm description and career prospects
Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. Our excellent and varied client list ranges from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs. We are a full-service law firm to corporate clients and have leading practitioners across a wide range of practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial, financing, tax, competition, dispute resolution, real estate, pensions and employment, financial regulation, information technology and intellectual property.
There are clear differences between us and other global law firms.
At Slaughter and May we train each of our lawyers to be a multi-specialist equipped to advise on a broad range of legal matters, which at other firms would be handled by a number of different lawyers. We think that by broadening your training and experience, you will be a better lawyer. We have built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to difficult problems. This reputation has been earned because each of our lawyers advises on broad legal areas, combining experience gained on one type of transaction to solve problems in another. In this way, our lawyers have a varied and interesting workload and ample opportunities to develop close relationships with clients.
Nearly all of our work has an international element and we have offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing. In other jurisdictions we prefer to remain agile by leading unified, hand-picked teams of lawyers from market-leading law firms. All the firms we work with across the world have a reputation for excellence and independence that mirrors our own.
To find out what it is like to work at Slaughter and May read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Maintenance grant, tuition and examination fees.
We offer open days, workshops and work experience schemes to enable you to gain an insight into life as a City lawyer. Full details of these opportunities can be found on our website.
Training contract programme
During the two-year training contract, trainees turn their hand to a broad range of work, taking an active role in four, five or six legal groups while sharing an office with a partner or experienced associate. Most trainees spend at least two six-month seats in our market leading corporate, commercial and financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, they choose how to spend the remaining time.
Our overseas offices and close working relationships with market-leading law firms in other jurisdictions mean there are opportunities for trainees to apply for a secondment in their second year. Previous secondments have included Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo and Toronto.
We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. Starting salaries begin at £43,000 for the first year of training, and rise to £48,000 in the second year. We look for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds with a high 2.1 at undergraduate level from any university, and take an equal mix of law and non-law graduates.
Corporate, finance, financial regulation, dispute resolution, competition, tax, real estate, IP/IT, pensions and employment.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
London, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong plus relationships around the world.
A4ID, LawWorks, The National Pro Bono Centre, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, TrustLaw Connect
Diversity access schemes
AccessProfessions, Black Lawyers’ Directory, City Solicitors' Educational Trust, Lawyers in Schools, PRIME, Pure Potential, Rare Recruitment