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Stevens & Bolton LLP

10 vacancies
16 trainees
48 partners
285 staff
Stevens & Bolton LLP is a leading law firm based in Guildford with a national reputation which provide clients with a City-calibre service.

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More info

We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background, with at least 340 UCAS points and one grade A at A level, who have achieved (or expect to achieve) a 2:1 degree or higher (unless there are exceptional circumstances). Essential qualities include: very good communication skills, drive and ambition, intelligence, attention to detail, business interest and genuine enthusiasm for wanting to be a lawyer and to work at Stevens & Bolton.

When and how to apply

Applications should be made by completing our online application form which is available from our website. Please see our website for further details.

We have recently expanded the number of trainees we take on to 10 each year. We therefore have an additional places available for 2025. Please let us know when you apply if you would like to be considered for a place in 2025. 

Applications to

Ms Tamsin Kennie

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Stevens & Bolton LLP is a recognised leading national law firm, offering a full range of commercial and private client legal services. Over the years we have been named and shortlisted Best Recruiter and Best Trainer – Medium Regional Law Firm in the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards. 

We know that careers are built over time and we firmly believe that every working day should provide a wealth of opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding. What this means for you as a trainee solicitor is that you will get first-rate experience, working with world-class clients and industry leading lawyers. You will get your career off the ground with a successful firm where there are great opportunities for advancement. When you join us, we will help you to create a clear plan for your training and beyond, then give you all the support you need to grow your career and achieve your long-term goals.

Our clients are major international organisations, UK FTSE companies, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals. As such, the work we carry out is both interesting and challenging and equal to work handled by City firms.

We are first and foremost a client centric business, with teamwork and close collaboration also being important aspects of our culture that need to be maintained. Everyone at the firm is empowered to work from wherever they are most effective and best able to deliver on our clients’ needs, at all times operating as an active and co-operative team member.

Above all, we want to ensure you achieve your aims while making a positive difference to your work, life and career development, while upholding our shared values – empathy, excellence, straightforward and together.

To find out what it is like to work at Stevens & Bolton LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

We run two programmes of one-week duration which are open to anyone who is applying for a training contract to start from 2025. This year we will be running two vacation schemes around Easter.

As a vacation student you will have the opportunity to get involved in the work of the department you are sitting in, together with arranged project work across several departments.

During the course of the week there are introductions to each department, and an opportunity to meet a cross section of people to enable you to sample our unique culture, which sets us apart from other firms. We also hope you will have some fun along the way!

Applications should be made by completing our online application form which is available from our website from 1 December 2023 to 31 January 2024.

Our trainees have genuine responsibility and experience of dealing with clients – and are made to feel part of the team from day one. Trainee seats will be available in most of the key business areas we specialise in, namely M&A and other corporate work, banking/finance, commercial, tax, real estate, IP, dispute resolution and employment. We do our best to maximise your ability to experience as many of those areas as possible and currently operate a four six-month seat rotation.

We offer the opportunity for a rewarding, long-term career fuelled by continuing professional and personal development. We are dedicated to encouraging this development, delivered in a variety of ways to give our trainees the best chance to become rounded, assured and respected professionals.

One key initiative is our foundation training scheme which we have designed specifically for trainees. Led by lawyers from across the firm, the scheme aims to equip trainees with the basics in our key practice areas. Training in technical and business skills and early exposure to stimulating work with a variety of clients is instrumental in providing a solid foundation. In addition, the value to be gained from a unique combination of factors – supervision when you need it, support from colleagues and the opportunity to embrace early responsibility as soon as you are ready – creates a compelling proposition at the outset of your career.

We offer a very competitive salary of £40,000 and a comprehensive benefits package.

At Stevens & Bolton there are regular departmental social events, and we have drinks for all staff every month. We also run other social and client events which include opportunities to get involved in sporting activities. In addition we have trainee dinners for both current and future trainees.

From this year (2022) onwards, unless a future trainee has already commenced the LPC, we will require all future trainees to pass SQE1 and 2 before commencing their period of recognised training with us. We will sponsor any future trainees to study the preparation courses to pass these exams. 

At Stevens & Bolton we are committed to promoting an inclusive culture that encourages everyone to realise their full potential and be themselves at work, and through that approach, we believe, comes true teamwork and strength.

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a central tenet of our strategy and vision. It is at the forefront of our minds when we make business decisions, as we understand that inclusivity depends on things that all of us do, all of the time and we embrace this as a firm in our day-to-day culture. 

For further information about our D&I initatives please visit our website.

We pay the fees for the CPE/GDL/SQE/LPC at the level set by The University of Law and a £7,000 maintenance grant for each course of study.

  • Corporate
  • Corporate tax
  • Commercial
  • Commercial real estate
  • Property litigation
  • Construction
  • Finance restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax & trusts
  • Private wealth disputes
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Pensions & immigration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Wey House, Farnham Road, Guildford, GU1 4YD
Phone: 01483 302264
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 30
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree, 340 UCAS points for A levels with a minimum of one grade A (unless there are exceptional circumstances)
Start salary: £40,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £36,118,076 (2022)
Profit per partner: £345,238 (2022)
Training programme applications: 350 (2023)
Retention rate: 90% (2023)
Partner diversity:
  • 62.0% male (2023)
  • 38.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 31.0% male (2023)
  • 69.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Retail outlets
  • Guildford
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Lawyers Against Poverty
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • Surrey Law Centre
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • InterLaw Diversity Forum
  • Social Mobility Foundation