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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

  • 23 vacancies
  • 46 trainees
  • 148 partners
  • 860 staff

About Trowers & Hamlins LLP

From nine offices in the UK, Middle East and Far East, we offer a comprehensive and joined-up service to clients across the globe.

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More info

We seek to recruit 23 candidates to join us in 2022 either in our London, Birmingham, Exeter or Manchester offices. If, after carrying out your research into the firm, you're interested in applying to us, our training contract application deadline is 31 July 2020. If you're keen to experience the firm during one of our UK-based summer vacation schemes next year, the application deadline is 31 January 2020.

Do note that you are required to complete our comprehensive online application form in order to apply for any of our graduate recruitment events – no other form of submission (ie CV and covering letter) will be considered and any such application will be disregarded.

We welcome applications from law and non-law graduates, and from those looking for a career change. Having a law degree is by no means essential to being a trainee with us – we recruit a healthy number of our future trainees every year from non-law backgrounds.

It's also important to note that we are interested in submissions from individuals across all walks of life. We're an organisation that fully embraces diversity – to us, it's about talent and not your background.

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing

With offices in London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and Malaysia, we're a full-service firm and advise a wide range of clients across a large number of arenas. No matter where our clients are, they have access to a connected network of lawyers across many disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors.

Our clients operate in diverse industry segments such as real estate, construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, government, retail, and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high-net worth individuals.

As a top 20 real estate law firm acknowledged for the breadth of our practice, we deliver large, complex deals ranging from major commercial acquisitions to substantial regeneration initiatives, luxury leisure and retail premises and private and social housing. We are consistently ranked as one of the leading firms in the Middle East and were also the first foreign law firm to secure a qualified licence in Malaysia.

As a firm, our vision is to help businesses and governments change the way people live and work. We do this by providing commercial advice geared towards tackling the challenges our clients face. We are fascinated by the future of our towns and cities and, especially, the point where commerce, communities and culture intersect.

What sorts of people succeed here? Well, we are often described as pragmatic, approachable, and down-to-earth. We're told that we are experts who can manage projects, relationships and change, brilliantly. Most gratifyingly, we often hear that we are the sort of people that our clients want to work with time and time again.

We believe that the combination of how we think, as well as what we do and where we do it, make us different from other international law firms. We are growing, but you won't be anonymous. Combine all this with the excellent training that we offer, and we believe that we're an outstanding prospect for any future trainee.

To find out more about what it's like to work here, read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Our UK summer vacation schemes are a good way of finding out what life's really like as a trainee at our firm.

We offer 36 places across our London, Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester offices every year. During your time with us, you will be treated as a trainee for all intent and purposes; be involved in real work (such as drafting, undertaking research and attending meetings); and interact with a range of employees from within the firm (from support staff to partners). In your departments, you will be designated a trainee mentor who will be on hand to offer you guidance where required. You will also be allocated a supervisor to offer you counsel on the various pieces of work that you undertake.

The weekly remuneration that we provide to each candidate attending our programme is currently £300 in London and £250 in Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester.

If you're interested in applying for one of our summer vacation scheme places, our comprehensive online application form can be found under our 'frequently asked questions' section on our dedicated graduate recruitment webpages.

Our training contract is divided into four six-month seats and you can expect to experience a broad range of departments over the course of the two-year period. There are no compulsory seats, although at least one will be in a real estate-related area. You will be allocated a supervisor and will be appraised every three months. This gives you a great opportunity to receive detailed feedback on your performance and allows us to see that you are developing at an appropriate pace.

We believe in learning by experience. Throughout your training contract, you will be given responsibility and you will be challenged. You will have the opportunity to develop your drafting and commercial negotiation skills, and will be able to enhance your communication skills - whether as a result of real client contact or simply through liaising with partners and other colleagues. Your legal skills will be developed through research and due diligence, and your presentation skills tested through giving talks and writing articles.

You will benefit from a strong network of support in addition to that provided departmentally. Our head of graduate recruitment and development is always on hand, along with the training principal and the trainee solicitors' committee. The latter meets regularly and includes four trainee representatives (one from each intake).

You will receive a competitive salary and benefits package as our trainee, which includes five weeks' paid annual leave every year.

If you are recruited by us as a trainee and have yet to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and / or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), you will need to complete your study at the University of Law and we will cover your course fee(s) in full. We will also provide you with a maintenance grant of either £6,500 (London) or £6,000 (regions) for each year of learning.

In terms of LPC electives, our future trainees are required to undertake the following:

1. Advanced real estate law and practice;

2. Mergers and acquisitions law and practice; and

3. Debt finance law and practice.

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  • Dispute resolution
  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Pensions
  • International
  • Projects
  • Construction
  • Public sector
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Private wealth
  • General Commercial

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Extra info

3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ
Phone: 020 7423 8201
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 36
Minimum qualification: 128 UCAS points at A-Level (ABB or above) / achieved or predicted consistently strong 2.1 degree or above
Start salary: £37,000 (London) / £28,000 (Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £78,300,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £307,000 (2013)
Starting salary: £37,000
Training contract applications: 511 (2019)
Retention rate: 83% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 57.0% male (2019)
  • 43.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 36.0% male (2019)
  • 64.0% female
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Muscat
  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • Manchester
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • A4ID
  • City Year
  • Reprieve
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference