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Slaughter and May


Vacancies: 70-80
Trainees: 151
Partners: 117
Staff: 1100
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 80
Minimum qualification: Good 2.1 ability, any discipline
Start salary: £41,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

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Firm description and career prospects

One of the leading international law firms based in the City of London whose clients include industrial and commercial companies, utilities, banks and financial institutions, professional firms and public bodies. The size and quality of the client list, and the calibre of lawyers, are second to none. It is the aim that every trainee recruited, whose training contract is satisfactorily completed, should continue their career with the firm. The distinctive hallmark is that the large majority of partners and associates trained with the firm.

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.

Work placements

Our Easter and summer work experience schemes provide a taste of life as a lawyer in a leading City law firm. As well as getting involved in legal work and conducting hands-on legal research, students will take part in training, workshops and interactive case studies. These schemes are open to penultimate-year law and non-law students.

We also run an open day at Easter for first-year law students and two-day workshops at Christmas for law and non-law finalists and graduates.

Training contract programme

The training programme is designed to give a thorough grounding in the practice of being a solicitor, combining academic and skills training with a high degree of hands on experience. During the two-year training period a trainee will gain experience in a broad cross-section of the firm's practice by taking an active part in the work of four or five groups.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas



Probono initiatives

A4ID, Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre, 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


Turnover: £426,000,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £1,780,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £41,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 88% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 81.0% male (2012)
  • 19.0% female
  • 0.0% N/A
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 57.0% male (2012)
  • 43.0% female
  • 0.0% N/A
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Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Amsterdam
  • Auckland
  • Brussels
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo



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Featured Lawyers

Slaughter and May

Sarah Lee

University of Birmingham
Recruitment and Diversity Partner

When you are working in teams, often for long periods of time, it is important to enjoy the company of your colleagues. The diversity of the lawyers here, and the non-competitive nature of the firm, creates an interesting and supportive environment. This is one of the firm’s greatest strengths.

Slaughter and May

Robert Byk

University of Bristol
Recruitment Partner

My career at Slaughter and May has been varied and fulfilling. As a trainee and associate I was seconded overseas and I have been involved in a variety of challenging and often high-profile transactions: more recently, the Treasury work on the bank bailouts and restructurings and refinancings of large multinationals.

Meet the Lawyer

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

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Meet the Recruiter

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

  • Janine Arnold

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