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One of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. We give our clients a voice, support their ambitions and are committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.
A multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 20 countries provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. It is a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.
Our solutions are shaped by a clear commercially focused understanding of our clients’ business goals, while our robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from a committed team of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges. And recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, we have a unique mix of experienced, well connected, lobbying and political capabilities in the US, supporting not only our US clients but also those across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
In the UK, we operate from offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester, working with a diverse mix of global clients. Many of these are among the biggest names and brands in the world: FTSE and Fortune 100 companies, emerging and fast-growth businesses, financial institutions, and regional and national governments.
Some of our trainees have the opportunity to take part in a three-month pre-training contract secondment, an element that really sets us apart from other law firms. This opportunity helps develop our trainees’ understanding of how businesses work and what is expected of legal advisors. It also demonstrates the confidence we have in our trainees from the start.
After the initial pre-training contract secondment, trainees spend time in six four-month seats; this opportunity gives our trainees the chance to create their own individual training programme – an essential foundation for a career with us.
Our placement schemes give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, where you will undertake real work, participate in group exercises, attend presentations and be involved. It is a great way to get a real flavour for who we are and what we do.
We offer training contracts in Birmingham, Leeds, London or Manchester. Our training programme offers six four-month seats ensuring each trainee has variety and breadth of experience. One of these seats may include a secondment to one of our international offices or clients. At the end of each seat your progress and performance will be reviewed in an appraisal. We believe in giving trainees responsibility for files at an early stage of the development of their careers, subject to appropriate supervision, and for them to develop practical experience to go hand-in-hand with the theoretical training. Career progression can be rapid for bright and motivated trainees.
We offer financial support for the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course or equivalent qualification, plus a maintenance grant.
- Property litigation
- Real estate
- Financial services
- Tax strategy
- International dispute resolution
- Sports litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 020 7655 1000
|Number of work placements:||35|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, 300 UCAS points|
|Start salary:||£26,000 Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, £37,000 London|
|Training contract applications:||1,200 (2013)|
|Retention rate:||80% (2016)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Birmingham Employment Advice Clinic (BEAC)
- BPP Legal Advice Clinic
- Hillside Legal Advice Clinic
- Paddington Legal Advice Centre
- Black Solicitors Network
- BPP Legal Access Scheme
- Bright Network
- Business Disability Forum
- Disability Confident Leader
- Social Mobility Business Partnership
- Sutton Trust