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Slaughter and May


Vacancies: 80
Trainees: 151
Partners: 117
Staff: 1250
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 160
Minimum qualification: Good 2.1 ability, any discipline
Start salary: £41,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

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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 groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, financial institutions and governments.

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 don’t pigeonhole our people - we think that the broader the training and experience, the better the lawyer. We ensure that our lawyers have a varied and interesting workload and ample opportunities to develop close relationships with clients.

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.

Our lawyers are not set billing or time targets and therefore are free to concentrate to what matters most - expertise, sound judgement, a willingness to help one another and the highest quality of client service.

Our overseas offices and close working relationships with leading ‘best friend’ independent law firms in other jurisdictions mean there are opportunities for trainees to apply for a secondment to places such as Auckland, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington.


Maintenance grant, tuition and examination fees.

Work placements

Vacation schemes

Work experience schemes are available at Easter and during the summer period for penultimate-year students. We also offer a first-year open day for law students at Easter and workshops for finalists and graduates during the winter. Please visit the website for full details.

First-year opportunities

We also offer first-year open days for law students, Easter and summer work experience schemes for penultimate-year undergraduates and two-day winter workshops for law and non-law finalists and graduates.

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 or five 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.

We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. Starting salaries begin at  £41,000 for the first year of training, and rise to £46,000 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.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas


London, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong plus ‘best friend’ relationships around the world.

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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Over 10 firms have now confirmed how many of their Spring 2015 qualifying cohort will be retained.


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Linklaters launches Ally programme

Linklaters launched its Ally programme earlier this month – the firm’s first LGBT-focused network supporting minority groups.


Slaughter and May increases salary for newly-qualified solicitors

Slaughter and May has increased how much it pays trainees and qualified solicitors for the second time in two years.


Slaughter and May announces highest retention of qualifying trainees among Magic Circle

Slaughter and May has announced that it will be keeping on 95% of trainees qualifying in Spring 2014, the highest retention rate among the Magic Circle this year.


Calling first-year law students! Closing dates approach for law firm open days and insight workshops

As law students will be keenly aware, January marks the onset of application deadlines for many vacation schemes and work placements.


DiversCity LGBT graduate recruitment event

  • Date: 01/12/2015
  • Location: London
  • Venue: Pinsent Masons LLP, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London, EC2A 4ES
  • Time: 12:00

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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

  • Samantha Breedveld

Samantha Breedveld has an excellent set of tips that, with the benefit of hindsight, she wished she had followed in her pre-training contract life. Heed her advice in advance and read on to learn more about the exciting life of law at Slaughter and May.


Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

An "unconventional approach" has become synonymous with Slaughter and May, the elite magic circle firm which unarguably does things differently to its peers. Find out more about what that could mean for you.

Meet the Recruiter

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

  • Janine Arnold

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.

Vacation Scheme Insider

Slaughter and May

Camilla Turner

Camilla Turner studied history at University College London. She took part in Slaughter and May’s 2014 summer work experience scheme.

  • When: Spring 2015
  • Subject: History
  • University: University College London

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