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Applications for our placement schemes should be completed online via our website. All applications will be reviewed after the application closing date.
Our application process consists of four stages; an online application, digital assessment, assessment centre and a two-week summer vacation scheme. We will make all our offers for our 2024 trainee solicitor programmes from the 2022 summer vacation schemes.
Our trainee solicitor programme is offered in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester. Our programme offers six four-month seats ensuring you have 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.
View our online graduate brochure to learn more about our offering.
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- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
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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 client's 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 our trainee solicitor programme 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.
As we prepare for our transition to the SQE, our commitment continues to be on providing the highest quality learning experience and we will continue to provide the required training and support, not only for you to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales, but also to enable you to thrive in your career at our firm.
Our unique approach to the SQE will provide you with a tailored programme of learning, not only to pass the SQE but to prepare you for your career at our firm. We will develop the key skills you need to succeed from day one as a trainee with us.
We will continue to sponsor non-law graduates through the PGDL and we see the value and benefit of non-law graduates receiving this introduction to law prior to the SQE programme and we pay your pay law school fees and an annual maintenance grant of £6,000 in London, £4,500 in our regional offices.
We will also sponsor you through all of your SQE studies, including financial support to help you fully focus on our SQE programme.
An award is also given to a trainee every year to recognise the strongest performance during the academic stage of training.
Where we are able to in your timeline to qualification we also offer secondments with our clients, prior to commencing your six seat rotation with us.
Led by our global Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, our approach is centred on six pillars (Accessibility, Age, Gender, LGBT+, Multicultural & Social Mobility) each chaired by a senior partner acting as champions who drive initiatives that are measured and reviewed to ensure that we are achieving our aims. They are supported by resource groups made up of individuals who identify with, or who are allies of, the particular pillar. All are encouraged to take part demonstrated with a 25 hours billable hours allowance ring-fenced for such activities. Our resource groups are a critical friend to the firm, and each has objectives focused on educating, building awareness and promoting allyship.
Under the SQE route, we will sponsor you through all of your SQE studies, including financial support to help you fully focus on our SQE programme.
- Competition - antitrust
- Data & privacy & cybersecurity
- Safety & health
- Financial services
- Intellectual property & technology
- International dispute resolution
- Labour & employment
- Litigation (commercial)
- Litigation (property)
- Litigation (sports)
- Litigation (shipping)
- Real estate
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Strategy & benefits
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
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.
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
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||45|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, 120 UCAS points|
|Start salary:||£26,000 Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, £37,000 London|
|Training contract applications:||1,400 (2021)|
|Retention rate:||70% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Birmingham Legal Advice Centre
- BPP Legal Advice Clinic
- Paddington Legal Advice Centre
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- BPP Legal Access Scheme
- Bright Network
- Business Disability Forum
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Mindful Business Charter
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Business Partnership
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- Working Families