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Apply online through cvMail via our website at www.traverssmith.com for a training contract commencing in either September 2022 or March 2023. Applications open on 1 October 2019 and the deadline is 31 July 2020.
The training contract is a two stage process. Your first interview will be with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you. If you are selected to attend a second interview this will be held with two partners at our London office.
Following your interview, a trainee will give you a tour of our offices, which gives you the chance to meet more partners, associates, trainees and other members of the firm.
How to applywww.traverssmith.com/careers/graduate-recruitment
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Ms Germaine VanGeyzel
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.
Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds. It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.
A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen quality overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and very demanding standards.
Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.
Above all else, Travers Smith is a collaborative firm. We treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for clients. This has led to a climate of shared knowledge and goals, supported by a friendly, engaging team spirit.
What we do
The main areas of our practice are commercial (including IP and IT), competition, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, finance, financial services and markets, incentives and remuneration, operational risk and environment, pensions, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, and tax.
GDL and LPC paid in full and maintenance grant provided.
Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
Our market leading Diversity and CSR Programmes are bold, exciting and ever expanding. Creating an inclusive workplace where people can be themselves and reach their full potential is a key business priority for Travers Smith. Our focus on diversity and social responsibility is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities.
We have developed partnerships with other external networks and organisations aimed at promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect in industry and in the wider community, including; City Parents, Educating Matters, Stonewall, The Women's Sport Trust, InterLaw, myGwork, City Horizons, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment, and JustLikeUs.
Working with local communities
We are committed to working with our local communities: developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups, and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession. Highlights of our work include:
Lawyers in Schools Programme
Prime work experience
BEE Financial Literacy
Our award winning pro bono programme is designed to give individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, the opportunity to access levels of legal advice that would not normally be obtainable. Highlights include:
Refugees at Home
Legal Advice Centres
Brighter Futures Zambia
CSR art programme
The art programme is at the heart of our Corporate Social Responsibility work and underlines our CSR commitment from the moment someone steps into our offices. Delivered in partnership with The University of Westminster and The Royal College of Art, with support from Serpentine Galleries, our art programme supports emerging artists with the transition from student life to professional practice.
Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees.
The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a City tour, plenty of social activities including softball and the option to be involved in sporting activities such as mixed hockey, netball and football. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.
The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.
During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist departments. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.
Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients. This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.
- Corporate (London
- commercial (including IP
- commercial real estate
- dispute resolution
- financial services
- financial markets
- investment funds
- operational risk
- General Commercial
- Corporate & 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.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
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.
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.
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.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£790,000 (2013)|
|Training contract applications:||1,000 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||94% (2014)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Brighter Futures Zambia
- Giving Time
- Legal Advice Centres
- Refugees at Home
- Aspiring Solicitors
- BEE Financial Literacy
- City Horizons
- Lawyers in Schools
- Rare Recruitment
- Reading Partners