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Law: Solicitors: A - C

  • Addleshaw Goddard During this two-year training contract, you will complete four six-month seats and have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of practice areas across each of five Divisions (Commercial, Litigation, Corporate, Finance & Projects and Real Estate). The SRA stipulates that all trainees must complete at least three months' contentious work, so litigation will form a part of your training contract. Addleshaw Goddard has offices in London, Leeds, Manchester, Singapore and Dubai.

  • Allen & Overy The training contract is based on three or six month rotations (known as 'seats') through a number of departments or practice areas, where you will sit with a partner or an associate. You are able to create a seat plan tailored to your interests and aspirations and explore the possibilities of international or client secondments.  You'll also nominate a "priority seat" which means you'll be guaranteed experience in a chosen department (subject to business need). The core areas of expertise are Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets and as a trainee you will spend at least twelve months of your training contract gaining experience in at least two of these areas. You will also need to gain contentious experience, which you will do in the Litigation department.  Allen & Overy now offer trainees the option of completing a Litigation course to gain contentious experience. They currently offer 37 international seats in 21 of their offices and trainees usually apply for secondments for the final six months of their training contract.

  • Ashfords Training Contracts are carried out in the Bristol, Exeter, Taunton, Tiverton and Plymouth offices.  As a Trainee with Ashfords, you may spend your Training Contract in more than one office, subject to your personal circumstances. The Training Contract is divided into four six-month seats. You will spend time in at least three of four core areas - Corporate/Commercial, Property, Private Client and Litigation.

  • Ashurst You will complete four seats of six months each. One will be in the corporate department and another in the finance department. The other two seats can be in any from a broad range of practice areas. These include Dispute Resolution, Competition and EU Law, Employment, Energy, Transport & Infrastructure, Real Estate, Tax and Technology. You could choose a seat in an area you have a particular interest in, join an international office, or go on secondment to a client.

  • Baker & Mckenzie They recruit 38 trainees each year, in March and September. During your two-year training contract, you spend time in four key practice areas each lasting six months. In each seat you have a supervisor who acts as your work provider and mentor. The seat rotation policy ensures you experience at least three distinct areas of law, including contentious law. Corporate work is at the heart of the Firm and all trainees are required to undertake a seat in the Corporate department. Baker & McKenzie have 12 key practice areas as follows; Banking, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, EU, Competition & Trade, Employment, IP, IT & Commercial, Pensions, Real Estate, Structured Capital Markets, Tax and Wealth Management. All trainees have the opportunity to apply for a three month secondments to one of the global offices. Popular locations include Singapore, Moscow and Hong Kong. Depending on client needs, they also offer trainee secondments to clients’ in-house legal teams. Baker & McKenzie also offer a seven-month fast track LPC prior to your training contract. It had been developed in partnership with the College of Law. They offer two intakes: July and January.

  • Berwin Leighton Pasiner Your training contract begins before you start during the LPC+.  The course is geared towards BLP’s specialisations and during the course future trainees have regular contact with the firm and are integrated into it. As a trainee at BLP, you will receive in-depth department training at the beginning and during each of your 4 seats. You should expect to complete seats in real estate and corporate finance, as well as obtaining contentious experience. A number of trainees choose to undertake a secondment to a client, and an international secondment to either the Brussels or Moscow office is also an option. All trainees are guaranteed at least one first choice seat during their four seats.  In reality almost all trainees given at least two or more first choices. Berwin practice areas include: Commercial, Technology, Media, Telecommunications & Outsourcing, Competition, EU & Trade, Corporate Finance, Dispute Resolution, Finance, Employment, Pensions & Incentives, IP, Real Estate, Regulatory & Compliance, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax.

  • Berrymans Lace Mawer Insurance is part of their DNA. They are one of the UK's longest-established insurance firms, with many decades of experience handling and defending all manner of insurance claims. You have a choice of working in the following offices: Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Southampton. During your training contract you will have six-month seats in four different areas of the firm and they always try to accommodate preference for a type of work. You will have an opportunity to work within the following areas: Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Construction, Occupational Disease, Professional Negligence, Property Insurance & Recovery.

  • Bevan Brittan Your two year training contract with Bevan Brittan will be made up of four six month seats offering you the opportunity to gain experience across Commercial and Infrastructure, Property, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Employment, Clinical Risk, as well as exposure to Commercial and Corporate work.   Training contracts are offered in Bristol, Birmingham and London.

  • Bircham Dyson Bell They have 7 training contracts and approximately 20 summer placements available each year so if you are interested in a training contract you should consider applying for their summer placement. After a comprehensive induction programme, you’ll experience legal training over four six-month seats. You’ll also receive training in other skills vital to your career development, such as networking and client management. Seats are offered within: Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Charities, Real Estate, Government & Infrastructure, Private Wealth and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

  • Bird & Bird They encourage you to participate in their summer placement programme, as this is their primary means for selecting future trainees. As a trainee you will take on responsibility from day one and enjoy varied and challenging work for industry-shaping clients. There is a specialist department who organises legal, technical and business skills training and support for all their lawyers, including graduates. You will also be part of a Trainee development programme. Bird & Bird pays successful applicants’ GDL/LPC fees and offers a maintenance grant for each study year

  • Blandy & Blandy Each trainee spends six months in four of the eight departments - wherever possible, individual preferences are catered for. These include Private Clients, Charity, Education & Third Sector, Family, Employment, Corporate, Commercial Property and Planning & Environment. Their offices are in Reading.

  • Bond Dickinson  Bond Dickinson have offices in London, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton, Tees Valley and Aberdeen. They have an array of secondments across most sectors and areas of expertise. Training programmes are taliored to individual requirments. Half their current trainees are non law graduates and have a range of backgrounds. 

  • Boodle Hatfield Trainees spend six months, in London, in up to four of the Firm's main areas: Property, Corporate, Private Client & Tax, Litigation and Family. There is also the opportunity to take a Private Client & Tax seat in the Oxford office. You are involved in client work from the start and from an early stage encouraged to handle your own files personally, with the appropriate supervision. Once they’ve offered you a training contract they will support you to complete your GDL and LPC and provide sponsorship for the GDL and LPC fees and give you a maintenance grant to assist with your day to day living expenses.

  • Brabners. Offices in Machester, Liverpool and Preston. They select 7 trainees a year, 3 in Machester, 3 in Liverpool and 1 in Preston. They value intelligence, humour, intuition, approachability and commitment with an interest in or connection to the North East. 
  • Brethertons. Training contracts only given to current paralegals at Brethertons. 
  • Bristows They offer a mixture of 6 month and 3 month seats so you do 5 or 6 seats during your training contract in London. You will have the opportunity to be seconded to one of their  clients for a 3 month period. Trainees at Bristows do seats in the core areas of corporate, real estate, IP litigation and commercial disputes.  Other seats that make up the training contract can include EU and competition, commercial IP/IT, and regulatory. You are guaranteed a seat in IP litigation - this is fairly rare even among firms with a strong IP practice. All of Bristow’s trainees receive sponsorship through the GDL and LPC. Sponsorship includes tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant.

  • Burges Salmon They incorporate six seats into the training contract rather than the usual four. This allows you maximum exposure to all areas of the firm's work. They offer a great deal of flexibility within the training contract to ensure it caters for your interests and abilities. You will spend the first four seats alternating between the main departments of Corporate or Banking or Commercial; Real Estate; Tax & Trusts or Employment and Environmental & Planning or Commercial Disputes & Construction or Agriculture & Property Disputes. The specialist area in which you sit within each department is up to you. Alternatively, you may choose to have a more general seat experiencing a broad range of work across the department.Your fifth seat is an option seat, in which you can select any area of the firm to spend your seat. You could either choose to revisit a department of particular interest, or move into an entirely new area. The final seat is your qualification seat. This is spent in the department in which you have chosen to qualify, thereby allowing you to build the necessary skills and contacts for a smooth transition on qualification. Burges Salmon pay both fees and maintenance for the LPC and GDL once you have been offered a training contract with them.

  • Capsticks They encourage all prospective trainee solicitors to participate in their vacation scheme, as this is their primary means for selecting future trainee solicitors. They have offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds and a total of 7 training contracts, 5 of which are in London. Trainees at Capsticks undertake six four months seats, which gives you the opportunity to work in every department of the firm and undertake a wide and varied range of both contentious and non-contentious work. Capsticks specialise in Health and Social Care. Other areas also include Regulatory, Risk Management & Litigation and Consulting Services. Capsticks pay both fees and maintenance for the LPC and GDL once you have been offered a training contract with them.

  • Clifford Chance Over the two years of your training contract, you will complete four rotations in a variety of practice areas. As part of the SRA requirements for qualification, you must gain experience in at least three different areas of law during your training contract, including one that involves contentious work. In addition to the SRA requirements, Clifford Chance require you to gain experience in at least two of the following core practice areas - Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, and Corporate. Their extensive international network and the global nature of the business mean that it is both possible and beneficial for you to take one of your seats in one of our overseas offices. 80% of trainees do so. Clifford Chance also offer a shortened seven month LPC course and cover the fees. They will also support and pay non-law graduates to complete their GDL followed by the shorted LPC.

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  • Chadbourne. Limited number of training contracts offered (often only one). US firm.
  • Charles Russell Speechlys. The seat options vary between their offices in London, Cheltenham and Guildford. The core areas of their work include: banking & finance, commercial, construction/enginerering, corporate, employment, family, financial services, IP, litigation, pensions, private client, property litigation, real estate and TNT. There are also opportunities for you to undertake client secondments or an inter-office secondment, which may be overseas. They will also meet the cost of the GDL and/or LPC fees for those who are accepted on a training contract with them. In addition they provide a maintenance grant.
  • Clarkson Wright & Jakes Trainees will generally complete four six-month seats. During each seat, where possible, trainees sit with a partner, associate or senior solicitor. You are involved in client work from the outset and are given as much responsibility as they are comfortable with. Areas of work which might be covered in a training contract include corporate / commercial, employment, property, commercial litigation, personal injury / medical negligence, family and wills and administration of estates.

  • Clyde & Co During your training contract, you will complete four six-month seats. At Clyde & Co, they recruit for the firm as a whole. This means you will complete one of your seats in the London office and one seat in their Guildford office. You may then choose to complete the remainder of your training contract in London or Guildford, or complete one of many overseas seats (Hong Kong & Middle East) that all trainees are eligible for. In addition, there are also client secondments that become available from time to time. Practice areas include: Aviation & Aerospace, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, EC, Competition & Trade Regulation, Employment, Energy, Trade & Commodities, Insurance and Reinsurance, Real Estate, Shipping, Transport & logistics. Once you have been accepted on a training contract, Clyde will provide sponsorship and maintenance for both the GDL and the LPC.

  • CMS Cameron McKenna They recruit 60 trainee solicitors a year. Training contracts last for two years. During this time you will have four six-month placements or ‘seats’, gaining experience in different practice areas. You could also be seconded to one of their regional or international offices or even spend time on secondment with a client. They have six broad practice areas which include: Banking and International Finance, Commercial Regulatory & Disputes, Corporate Law, Energy, Projects & Construction, Human Capital and Real Estate. Once you’re offered a training contract, CMS Cameron McKenna will sponsor you while you study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), covering your fees and giving you a generous grant.

  • Collyer Bristow As a trainee, you will spend six months in four of five key practice areas working with a range people from senior partners to more recently qualified solicitors. Practice areas include Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Tax & Estate Planning, Family, Employment and Property.

  • Covington They currently offer six training contracts each year for students seeking to qualify as English solicitors.  Covington & Burling are a US based firm so work would be in their London office. They split the two-year training contract into four six-month seats, rotating amongst several practice areas.   All trainees undertake a seat in Corporate and a seat in Dispute Resolution.   They offer optional seats in the following areas: employment, intellectual property, life sciences regulatory, life science transactional, tax, technology and media.  Client secondment may also be available. In addition to their supervisors, trainees have the opportunity to work with other lawyers in the practice group relevant to their training seat.  Much of the work is cross-border in nature, and you could therefore work with associates and partners in our overseas offices. They fees and maintenance for GDL and LPC.

Law: Solicitors: D - H

  • DAC Beachcroft A large commercial law firm with offices in in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Winchester, Newport, Edinbugh and Glasgow. They are also in Dublin, Madrid, Mexico City, Singapore, Auckland and Wellington and have associated offices in Brussels, Brazil, Chile and India. Currently their training contract is on hold while they create a new programme, following their recent merger.

  • Davis Polk. 2 year training contract with this US firm in London. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment to the firm’s New York office. 1st year Salary is £50k. Davis Polk ranks among the leading law firms advising on European M&A and capital markets transactions. 
  • Debevoise & Plimpton. A US law firm with European presence. They focus on cross-border M&A, private equity, insurance, capital markets, finance and restructurings, tax planning and dispute resolution. You can apply up to 2 years ahead. 
  • Dechert Your training contract at Dechert includes a rolling programme of training on everything from specialist legal knowledge to business skills. They offer a six-seat rotation system during your two-year training. Practice areas include; Corporate & Securities, Financial Services. Litigation, Employment, Finance & Real Estate, IP and Tax. Future trainees LPC course fees are paid in full, plus you receive a maintenance grant.

  • Dentons For training contracts in London, your two years of training will consist of four six-month seats. You must complete a seat in Banking & Finance and gain contentious experience. You may also have the opportunity to work abroad, or go on a client secondment. They have a presence on 43 countries. They have nine legal departments: Banking & Finance; Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Pensions; Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance; EC & Competition; Real Estate; Tax; and Technology, Media & Telecommunications. You’ll spend six-month seats in four of them. For training contracts in Milton Keynes, your two years of training will consist of four six-month seats. They currently have seats in Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Property Litigation, Construction and Employment. All trainees must complete one non-contentious transactional seat (i.e. Corporate or Real Estate) and one contentious seat. SNR Denton pays for the GDL and LPC course fees and provides a maintenance grant
  • DHA Stallard The programme normally consists of four six-month seats, which would be in the following areas: Corporate, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury, Private Client, Planning, Real Estate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, Technology and Media & Telecoms Dispute Resolution. They normally recruit c16 seats (5 in London and the reminder in Gatwick). Normally London Trainees will do on average two seats in Gatwick.  Gatwick Trainees may be required to visit the London office and possibly undertake a seat or more in London.

  • DLA Piper International They offer approximately 90 training contracts a year across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Sheffield offices. Training contracts at DLA Piper consist of four six-month seats. Although they do not have compulsory seats, training contracts must consist of at least one contentious and one non-contentious seat. Being a commercial firm, a seat in an area like corporate or finance is likely. There are also opportunities for client secondments and international secondments (Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow and Singapore). Practice areas include; Restructuring, Corporate, Finance & Projects, Employment & Pensions, IP and IT, Litigation & Regulatory and Real Estate. DLA Piper provides sponsorship for the GDL and LPC.

  • Edwards Wildman They keep their trainee intake small (8) as this allows them to offer a very personalised training contract. Its divided into four seats in different practice areas, each lasting six months. Practice areas in London include: Asset Tracing and Recovery, Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, Competition, Employment, Energy and Offshore Engineering, Insurance and Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Public International Law, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Product Liability, Regulatory and Transactional, Restructuring and Insolvency, Technology, and Telecommunications. Edward Wildman have one London office, 12 offices in the US, an associate office in Hong Kong and an office in Tokyo. Much of the work will therefore emanate from the US, Bermuda, Africa, Hong Kong and Europe. It will often involve cross-border elements, requiring the examination of conflicts of law, international enforceability and jurisdictional disputes. They pay the full CPE/GDL/LPC course fees, together with a maintenance grant.

  • European Patent Office. They offer 4 month internships to law graduates, as well as international relations, economics and European affairs grads. The internships are available in a variety of departments for example patent law, communications, research, Brussels Bureau, emlpoyment law, international legal affairs, international cooperation and many others. 
  • Eversheds Their training contracts consist of four seats of six months each over two years. At least one seat must be in a contentious area. As part of your training contract, you can also apply to do a secondment at a client office or at another Eversheds office in the UK or internationally. Once you are six months into your training contract, you will have the freedom to apply for both client and international secondments. Given the exceptional quality and variety of the client portfolio, there are exciting and rewarding opportunities to develop and extend your experience across multiple industries and sectors. Secondments typically last between three and six months. Currently there are secondments to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. They will pay for both the GDL and the LPC.

  • Faeger Baker Daniels You will obtain good general experience in all aspects of business law and will help to service the requirements of UK and overseas companies involved in such diverse areas as manufacturing, venture capital, leisure, retail, publishing, telecommunications, energy services, commerce and technology. The firm has six principal areas of practice: Corporate, Business Litigation, Finance & Restructuring, IP and Commercial, Employment and Real Estate. Faeger Baker Daniels is a US law firm with offices in London and Shanghai. They also give grants to assist the funding of applicants through the LPC or GDL/CPE.

  • Farrer & Co Each year they take between 8-10 trainees. They divide up your time between six different seats of four months each.  The last seat is usually spent in the area in which you wish to qualify, being a repeat of one of the five previous seats. There is a wild card seat which allows to take a priority seat of your choice. There are 13 teams to choose from. They include; Brand & Reputation Management, Charity, CR and Philanthropy, Commercial Contracts, Compliance & Regulatory, Corporate Transactions, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family, Finance & Funding, Governance, Private Wealth, Property and Tax. Farrer & Co will also pay all fees for prospective trainees relating to GDL and Legal Practice courses.

  • Field Fisher You will get a choice for each of the seat rotations and the ability to prioritise which area you would like to work within. Opportunities are available in Commercial and Finance, Public Regulatory, Real Estate, Corporate Technology, Employment, Financial Services and Funds, IP and Technology Dispute Resolution, Commercial IP, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence. You could also get seconded to clients as well as their Brussels office. Their main areas of practice are corporate, IP, technology and regulatory.

  • Field Seymour Parkes Trainees can expect to gain experience in three or four different departments in the firm with a view (usually) to spending their last six months in the department where they wish to qualify.  A training contract may include any of the main teams of private client (wills, estates and trusts), commercial property, company commercial, employment, residential property, family and dispute resolution. Field Seymour Parkes are based in Reading.

  • FootAnstey With a portfolio of regional, national and international clients, FootAnstey offers specialist legal advice to businesses, public sector organisations and individuals. This enables you to experience different disciplines across different offices (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro). Practice areas include: Banking & Finance, Clinical Negligence, Commercial, Construction & Engineering, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family, Inward Investment, Mental Capacity, Personal Injury, Projects, Real Estate, Restructuring, Courts & Advocacy and Wealth.

  • Forsters Every year Forsters takes on six trainees in London. The training contract is divided into six four month seats, not the traditional four. Your first year will be split between three of the main groups which are Commercial Property, Residential Property, Corporate, Litigation and Private Client. In the second year in addition to these groups you can spend time in Family, Construction, Planning, Employment and Property Litigation. They offer sponsorship for the CPE/GDL and LPC fees, plus a maintenance grant.

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. You have the option of doing eight seats: Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT), Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Pensions and Benefits (EPB), Finance, Intellectual Property/Information Technology (IP/IT), Real Estate, Tax. You will experience at least three different practice areas, but unlike other firms, Freshfields offers you the option of doing up to eight seats. The corporate, finance and dispute resolution practices are the core of the firm, so they recommend that you spend at least three months in both of these practice areas. Every trainee intake (usually there are 50 trainees on each intake) is also assigned a partner. Freshfields will sponsor you for the GDL and LPC.

  • Gibson Dunn. A Us practice in office in London. They offer a 2 year training contract where you will have the opportunity to spend time in a number of different departments, including corporate, finance, dispute resolution, employment, tax and competition. You will share a room with a partner or a senior associate, and will work with them on their matters, whilst also having the opportunity to work with other lawyers in the firm. Based in London, you will become involved in international transactions and cases, working often with colleagues and clients overseas.
  • Government Legal Service (GLS) GLS lawyers work for just one client - the Government of the day - which requires advice and support on a huge range of domestic and European affairs. The diversity of work reflects the wide range of activities within Government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation and prosecution and a wealth of specialist areas. During the course of the two year training contract, you will spend time in four key areas of practice. Each ‘seat’ lasts six months. You will have at least one seat in a litigation team and one in an advisory team. Where a Government department does not have its own in-house litigation team, trainees will spend one seat in the litigation team of another department. Over the course of your training contract you can expect to gain experience of communication and practice support, legal research, writing and drafting, interviewing and advising, negotiation, advocacy and oral presentation. The GLS offers a range of focused training, including programmes on administrative law, civil litigation, criminal law, EC Law, human rights and legislation amongst other topics.

  • Herbert Smith Freehills. Their corporate practice is their largest international practice, with a particular strength in energy and equity capital markets. Their disputes practice is recognised as the leading practice in Europe and Asia, with a real strength in arbitration and an award winning in-house advocacy unit. You are likely to spend time in corporate and dispute resolution as well as finance or real estate. For those on the UK training contract, seats are also available in such specialist practice areas as employment, pensions and incentives, competition, regulation & trade, tax and IP. They also have a strong reputation in many of the world's emerging markets. There are opportunities for international secondments. They look for graduates who have an international mindset, and who want to join an international network, not just one office.

  • Hill Dickinson You will do four seats and will be able to select your preferences from around 18 different areas of law, dependent on your office location. They take c18 trainees each year. They have five UK offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Chester and Sheffield, and two international offices in Singapore and Piraeus. They are a top 35 law firm.

  • Hogan Lovells The two-year training contract is split into four six-month periods. As a trainee, you will move around the firm during this time, They have a wide range of practice areas for trainees to choose from which include; Corporate, Finance, Government Regulation, IP, Litigation, Arbitration & Employment. They will help you make informed decisions about the areas of work you’ll experience during the training contract. You’ll have an opportunity to do a client or an international secondment in your third or fourth seat. They provide financial assistance in terms of fees and maintenance grants for both GDL and LPC.

  • Holman Fenwick Willan They recruit c15 trainees per year. They are an international firm, with many overseas offices so they appreciate language students coupled with the ability to understand financial or technical issues. During your training you will have four six-month seats, sitting with a partner or a senior assistant. You may have the opportunity to work in one of the overseas offices, or to be seconded to a client. They specialise in the following sectors: Aviation, Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure, Commodities, Energy & offshore, Financial Institutions, Insurance & Reinsurance, Logistics, Mining, Real Estate, Ports & Terminals, Shipping, Space, Super Yachts, Travel, Cruise & Leisure. They pay all examination and course fees for the Legal Practice Course together with a maintenance grant.

Law: Solicitors: I - M

  • Ince & Co You Spend six months with four different partners, and have the opportunity to get involved in and take responsibility on cases, both big and small – and from initial instruction to conclusion, depending on the length of the case. The cases you work on stay with you throughout your training period, so you’re exposed to a whole range of legal skills in every case you work on. Practice areas include; Aviation, Business & finance, Commercial Disputes, Energy & offshore, Insurance & Reinsurance, International Trade and shipping. Located in Beijing, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore – it’s common for lawyers from all the offices to work closely together on cases.

  • Irwin Mitchell They offer two training contract streams covering their two main fee-earning divisions: Personal Legal Services and Business Legal Services. In the former, in the first year of your two year contract you will undertake three four-month seats, gaining experience of different teams within your chosen division. In your second year, it's likely that you'll spend the full 12 months in the department that you expect to qualify into. Irwin Mitchell is a full-service law firm with offices around the UK and you get a choice of both location and the kind of work that you would like to specialise in. including personal injury, family law, real estate or employment. In Business Legal Services within the two year contract you will undertake four six-month seats. The fourth and final seat will be in the department that you expect to qualify into. You may do seats in employment, real estate, commercial litigation, corporate and transactions, commercial lending, insolvency and/or debt recovery. They will meet all the fees associated with your LPC and if applicable your GDL as well as a maintenance grant.

  • Jones Day They recruit approximately 15 trainees every year and operate a non-rotational training system unique among City firms. Under their system, you do not 'belong' to one partner or practice.  You can take work from any practice at any time and work with any lawyer, which means you have the flexibility to gain experience in a wide range of practices and from a wide range of colleagues. Jones Day believe this allows you to be involved in deals and cases from beginning to end, have greater client contact and removes the lottery of seat allocation. It also means you do not have to do six months of intensive training in a practice that you have decided is not for you. They also believe that it is a smoother learning curve. Jones Day have offices in London and throughout Europe, as well as Latin America, USA and Middle East and offer a full range of practice areas.

  • Kennedys Their training contracts are for two years and are split into four seats. You will spend six months in each division, where they will get the opportunity to work with clients from a variety of industries. These divisions are: Insurance and reinsurance, Liability, Company and commercial and Workplace. You will be required to gain practical experience in at least three distinct areas of law and will be given the opportunity to develop skills in both contentious and non-contentious work.

  • K & L Gates. A US firm with a London presence. Their training contract will involve working in 4 different areas from: Corporate & Transactional, Energy, Infrastructure  & Resources, Finance, Financial services, IP, Litigation, Policy & regulatory, and Real Estate. 
  • King & Wood Mallesons. Over the course of two years, you will complete four six-month 'seats'. Two of these would be in the corporate focused areas: Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Equity Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Funds and Venture Capital, The remaining seats would be in one of othe contentious areas and one would be non-contentious areas. There are also secondment opportunities for trainees both to our clients and also our international offices. Twenty trainees every year are given the opportunity to take part in a bespoke Masters in Law & Business programme. The objective of this programme is to fast track trainees' commercial understanding, especially in relation to business analysis, strategy, finance and growth. 
  • Kingsley Napley They offer 5 trainees each year in London. Trainees complete four six month seats, providing a wide range of practical experience and skills in contentious and non-contentious work. Practice areas include: Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury, Corporate & Commercial, Criminal Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family, Relationships, Divorce, Immigration, Private Client, Public Law, Real Estate, Regulatory & Professional Discipline. They do not offer funding for LPC or GLC.

  • Kirkland & Elis InternationalThey take c10 trainees each year into their London office. There may be opportunities to take up seats in their overseas offices (eg New York and Hong Kong) and gain experience of operating with colleagues in different jurisdictions. For the two years of your training contract, you will rotate between four six-month placements. In addition to a compulsory corporate law seat, you will undertake three further seats, choosing from: Litigation/Arbitration, Restructuring, Debt Finance, Funds, Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Competition and Tax.

  • Langleys They usually recruit 6 trainees each year; three in York and three in Lincoln. The training contract consists of 4 x 6 month seats and trainees usually stay in the same office (York or Lincoln) throughout this period. They consult with you about which seats you undertake before decisions are made and make every effort to ensure requests are met. Langleys provides services in four main areas; Insurance Law, Commercial, Private Law and Residential Conveyancing. They do not offer sponsorship of your GDL and LPC fees.

  • Lathan & Watkins They hire c20 trainees each year. The training contract consists of four, six-month seats, including mandatory corporate, finance and litigation seats. There is also an opportunity to spend six months in one of the overseas offices such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Paris or Moscow. Lawyers in the London office handle work all over the world, alongside each of the other offices.

  • Leathes Prior They aim to compile training programmes to meet the wishes of individual trainees. Four six-month seats in different teams is the normal pattern, but youmay spend more time in one team than another. You will work directly with the firm's partners and will gain excellent hands-on experience of contentious and non-contentious work. You will be expected to see clients and run their own caseload when you are sufficiently experienced. Occasionally, and where it is of mutual benefit, they may arrange for you to undertake a secondment. In recent times, Leathes Prior trainees have been seconded to Norwich City Football Club, Ipswich Town Football Club and Hull City Football Club. They are based in Norwich.

  • Lewis Silkin You will rotate through six seats within the five departments - Corporate, Employment, Reward & Immigration, Litigation, Real Estate and Development, Media, Brands & Technology. The aim is for you to gain a mixture of contentious and non-contentious experience and real responsibility at an early stage so you can develop as quickly as possible. They will also pay for the GDL and LPC fees and provide a maintenance grant.

  • Linklaters The training contract is usually built around six-month ‘seats’ in four different practice areas – often including a seat in one of the international offices or on a client secondment. You will have the opportunity to express the kind of experience that you want, through seats and secondments. Over two-thirds of trainees go on client and/or international secondments. Client secondments include placements with investment banks, blue-chip multinationals and pro bono organisations, while international postings range from Paris and New York to Shanghai and Dubai. They organise the work into three broad divisions: Commercial (for eg M&A, Competition, Employment, Pensions), Corporate (for eg Banking, capital markets, Projects, Restructuring) and Finance & Projects (For eg IP, Litigation, Real Estate, Tax, Technology, Media, Trusts). Linklaters provide funding for both the GDL and the LPC and provide a maintenance grant. 

  • Macfarlanes As a trainee you will spend six months in four different practice areas, in London: typically it is one seat in Corporate and M&A, two seats in either Commercial Real Estate, Private Client, Litigation or Tax & Structuring and then a seat in one of the specialised corporate practice areas.  The precise allocation of seats is flexible. In each seat, you share a room with a partner or senior solicitor who personally supervises and supports you in your work. Their work also has a substantial international dimension. GDL and LPC fees are paif in full and a maintenance grant also provided.

  • Pennington Manches They recruit up to 10 trainees each year between their London and Thames Valley offices (Oxford). Trainees generally sit in 4 different seats for 6 months at a time under the supervision of either a partner or senior associate. We try, where possible, to take into account seat preferences. Practice areas include Commercial Property, Construction, Technology & Media, Family, Corporate, Employment, Commercial Litigation, Trust and Estate Planning. The offer funding and a maintenance grant for the LPC and GDL.

  • Mayer Brown You will undertake four 'seats' during your two year training contract. During each seat you will share a room with either a partner or a senior associate who will be responsible for supervising your work and continuing development throughout your seat. You can tailor your training contract from a range of different seats, including the main practice areas in London and secondments to one of the international offices (currently Hong Kong and New York). Practice areas include Antitrust & Competition, Banking & Finance, Corporate Securities, Employment, Environmental, Financial Services Regulation, Government Relations, IP, International Trade, Litigation, Real Estate, Restructuring & Bankruptcy, Tax and Wealth Management. Mayer Brown will pay your LPC and GDL fees as well as a maintenance grant.

  • McDermott Will & Emery. An International law firm, based in the US, with offices in London. They offer a training contract in London for bright students - you will work in several areas of the Firm’s practice with four six-month seats in the key practice groups. The main areas of their business include: Energy & Commodities Advisory; Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labour & Employment; US & International Tax; Private Client; International Dispute Avoidance & Resolution; Antitrust/Competition; IP Prosecution, Transactions & strategy; Intellectual Property Litigation.
  • Michelmores They have offices in Exeter, Plymouth & London. Each trainee is expected to spend six months in four different practice areas and also get a mixture of experience across different offices. The training contract is based in Exeter and they take on average six trainees each year. There are 15 seats to choose from across all departments. Their main areas of expertise are Property Law, Business Law and Private Client. They pay LPC fees up to £8,000.

  • Mills & Reeve They pair you with a partner or senior solicitor who will act as a mentor during the course of your two-year training contract. You will be working in one of the Birmingham, Cambridge or Norwich offices, undertaking six four-month seats. These seats are in a wide range of areas. However, if you want to experience something not practised in your base office, there may be an opportunity to temporarily move to the Leeds, London or Manchester offices. They take fiftenn trainees each year, seven in Cambridge, and four each in Birmingham and Norwich. Practice areas include, Agriculture & Estates, Ban The training contract in London comprises four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will take seats in Corporate and Technology Transactions, plus a contentious seat in either litigation or employment law—with a fourth seat in Tax, Capital Markets or Financial Transactions or a return visit to one of the earlier seats. We endeavor to accommodate your interest in specific practice areas, so if you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, let us know.king & Finance, Commercial, Construction & Engineering, Corporate Finance, Employment, Family, Health & Safety, Insurance, IP, Minerals & Waste, PFI, Planning & Environment, Tax, Probate, Professional Negligence, Public Law, Real Estate, Regulatory and Restructuring. They provide sponsorship for LPC and GDL and a maintenance grant.

  • Morgan Lewis. A US firm specilaising in litigation, labour law, IP and corporate. Due to the London office’s close connection with the firm’s international offices, seats may be available in Dubai, Moscow, and Brussels. They have 28 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Morrison Foerster The training contract in London comprises four six-month seats, rotating between departments. All trainees will take seats in Corporate and Technology Transactions, plus a contentious seat in either litigation or employment law—with a fourth seat in Tax, Capital Markets or Financial Transactions or a return visit to one of the earlier seats. We endeavor to accommodate your interest in specific practice areas, so if you are particularly enthused about a specific practice area, let us know. They have offices throughout the US, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Brussels. You need to have good Mojo for this firm!

Law: Solicitors: N - R

  • Nabarro Nabarro take 25 trainees each year into their London and Sheffield offices. Consisting of six four month seats, rather than the traditional four, the training contract enables you to gain valuable experience in a wider range of both specialist and core practice areas. The firm’s areas of work include corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, planning, pensions and employment, IP/IT, tax, construction and engineering, projects and environmental law.  In addition, there is a chance to undertake a seat in the Brussels office or on secondment to one of their clients. They sponsor the LPC and GDL courses and also pay a maintenance grant.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright. Based on a four-seat pattern, you will get the widest possible exposure to different practice areas and offices around the world, including one international secondment of six months. They have 40 offices around the world spanning six continents. Norton Rose is strong in: financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

  • Olswang Training In London consists of four six-month seats in the Corporate, Real Estate, Litigation, Finance, Commercial or IP groups. You will be assigned a mentor, usually a partner, to assist and advise you throughout your training contract. There are also trainee opportunities in their Reading office. They normally have up to four trainees based here at anyone time and seats are likely to be in Commercial, Real Estate, Employment Litigation or Finance. They will pay full fees and a maintenance grant to finance you through the Legal Practice Course and where applicable, the Graduate Diploma in Law.

  • O’Melveny & Myers They are a US law firm with 15 offices in US, Asia and Europe. You will experience a minimum of three six-month seats in London, with the remaining six months possibly being split between two areas. Experience is focussed primarily on core international transactions and litigation practices. The core practice areas are supported by leading practitioners in a number of areas of legal practice, including taxation (which often involves cross-border structuring), real estate, regulatory services, intellectual property, and information technology. Their London based lawyers work with colleagues and clients in Asia, Europe, and the US to provide a service to their global clients. They will sponsor the LPC or GDL as well as pay a maintenance grant.

  • Orrick. An international law firms, with 25 global offices. Their focus is within the corporate marketpalce. They offer a varied and extensive training programme and have a dedicated trainee partner who oversees the supervision and management of trainees. As a trainee, you will sit four six-month seats, one of which must be a contentious seat. They do not offer a vacation scheme. 
  • Osborne Clarke As a trainee, you’ll complete four seats: corporate, litigation, either real estate or tax, plus one other, irrespective of the office you work in. They have seats available in London, Bristol and Reading offices. They have a strong reputation for their work in Digital Business, and also in Financial Services, Real Estate and Infrastructure, and Energy and Natural Resources. They recruit 15 trainees into Bristol where they specialise in Energy & Natural Resources, Real Estate and Litigation. In London they take 13 trainees and opportunities exist in City Work, Financial Institutions and Digital Business. In Reading they take 4 trainees and specialise here in Technology, Private Equity and International Work. They also have offices in Germany, Italy, Spain, India and Silicon Valley.

  • Pannone They are based in Manchester and London; the training contract is in Manchester. Each trainee will normally have four, six month seats in at least three departments. You may choose which seats you want to go to, switching between commercial and private client groups. Their work is split 50:50 between commercial and private client. They pay LPC fees.

  • Paul Hastings The trainee solicitors will spend time in four seats, including banking, capital markets, corporate, employment, litigation, real estate, immigration, restructuring and tax. Paul Hastings is a US law firm with offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The London office is a natural focal point for cross-border European transactions.

  • Penningtons Manches You'll complete four six month seats and have the opportunity to undertake work with specialists in company and commercial, dispute resolution, private client and property law. They offices in London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Godalming and Guildford.

  • Pinsent Masons Trainees move departments every six months, this gives you the necessary time to develop the legal and commercial depth of understanding required to take on real responsibility. During the second year of training you may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment to either a client or an international office.  About 20% of trainees undertake a secondment during their training contract. Pinsent Mason have offices throughout the UK, Munich, Paris, Asia Pacific (Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong & Singapore), Dubai and Qatar. Their practice areas include Construction, Advisory & Disputes, Corporate, Financial Institutions, Litigation & Compliance, Projects, Property and Strategic Business Services.. They recruit 26 trainees in London each year, 5 in Aberdeen, 13 in Birmingham, 7 in Manchester, 10 in Leeds and similar numbers in Edinburgh and Glasgow. They pay fees for both the LPC and GDL as well as a maintenance grant.

  • PWC Legal PwC Legal LLP is an independent member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) international network of firms. Based in London, they have more than 20 partners and employ over 220 people. As a trainee solicitor, you’ll enjoy exposure to client work and the chance to take on early responsibility. Your legal training contract is divided into four periods of six months. Two are mandatory– corporate and litigation – they will try and give you your choice of the remaining two. Practice groups include Banking, Corporate, Employment, Financial Services, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Private Client, Pensions and Real Estate. PWC will pay your fees and a maintenance grant for the GDL and LPC.

  • Reed Smith They only handle commercial matters, both contentious and non-contentious and offer training in company, commercial and finance, commercial litigation, employment, media, energy & natural resources, shipping and property law along with the business skills essential to success as a solicitor. Trainees undertake 4 seats of 6 months duration and you will be able to choose from this wide range of disciplines as well as international and client secondments. They offices throughout the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. They will sponsor you through the LPC and GDL and pay a maintenance grant.

  • RPC During your two-year training period you’ll spend six months in each of four practice areas, such as Intellectual Property, Insurance, Employment and Corporate. There’ll also be opportunities to be seconded to a client as an in-house lawyer. They have offices in Bristol, London and Singapore.

Law: Solicitors: S - V

  • SAS Daniel. During your two year Training Contract, you will complete four six-month seats and have the opportunity to choose from a range of service areas across the full range of business groups which include corporate, dispute resolution, employment, property, personal injury and personal and family law. They have offices in Stockport, Macclesfield, Chester, Congleton. 
  • Simmons & Simmons During your training contract, you'll do four six-month seats in different practice areas. They require you to undertake a seat in Corporate & Commercial, Financial Markets and Litigation. Alongside this, if you’re set on specialising in a particular area of law, they will endeavour to accommodate you. As well as seats in the London office, around 80% of trainees undertake either a secondment with a client, or in one of their 20 international offices, during their training contract. Simmons & Simmons in the main tend to advise large international corporations in their key sectors. Half of the staff work outside the UK in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They handle high-level, multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes, and provide clients with integrated international services. They will pay your fees and a maintenance grant for both the LPC and GDL.

  • Shakespeare Martineau Offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Stratford, Solihull, Milton Keynes. Recently merged with SGH Martineau, who also have offices in London and Brussels. 
  • Shulmans As a trainee at Shulmans you will normally experience three seats of six months each covering the general areas of dispute resolution, property and corporate finance/commercial work. In your final six months they will try to accommodate you in the area of work where your preferences lie. You will be based in Leeds. As a member of the Interlegal network, they have close contacts with many law firms in different countries throughout the world, which allows them to arrange trainee exchanges, which normally last up to four weeks. They will fund your LPC training.

  • Sherman & Sterling During the two-year training contract, you have four seat rotations, with six months spent in each seat. At least two of these seats will be completed in the core practice areas of European Corporate, Global Finance and Project Development & Finance. The remaining two seats will be allocated based on your preference and business need, so you get to really consider which areas you may like to get exposure to. The global nature of the firm also allows for one of the four rotations to be completed overseas, in offices such as New York, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi or Singapore.

  • Sidley Austin. They take 10 trainees into their London office in September. They are a US law firm advising on domestic and cross border affairs. The London office is Sidley's largest office in Europe. Their work is corporate in nature and includes; corporate, competition, corporate reorganisation, deby & equity capital market, debt finance, employment, financial services regulation, hedge funds, insurance, IP/IT. litigation, Real Estate and tax. You will spend time in at least 4 of these areas. You need a 2.1 degree isn any discipline. Starting salary is £41k. 
  • Slaughter & May Each seat lasts either three or six months and together they give you the opportunity to experience both contentious and non-contentious work. During each seat you will share an office with an experienced lawyer. Most trainees spend at least two six-month seats in the multi-specialist Corporate and Commercial and Financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, you choose how you spend the remaining time. It can be divided into two or three specialist areas or focused on one. The specialist groups include: Competition, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions & Employment, Financial Regulation, Information Technology and IP. You also have the opportunity to spend at least one of your second year seats on secondment. These secondments are either to one of Slaughter & Mays offices or to one of the independent law firms they regularly work with. Trainees have recently spent time in Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brussels, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Sydney. Secondments typically last six months, except that trainees doing a seat in the Competition group have the opportunity to spend three months in Brussels. They sponsor both the GDL and LPC and provide a maintenance grant.

  • Shoosmiths They are a full service UK law firm offering you an experience in a variety of areas including commercial contracts, banking & finance, corporate, litigation & disputes and real estate. In addition to these they have other practice areas which may offer seats on a slightly less regular basis and may include IP, EU & Competition, pensions, insurance, regulatory & compliance, planning and construction & engineering. They don't have any compulsory seats, but you must sit within 3 distinct areas of law consisting of at least 1 non-contentious, and 1 contentious area. They allocate no more than 1 trainee to each team, which means you will enjoy high levels of involvement with the team. Over 2 years you will complete 4 x 6 month placements, one of which could be a secondment to a client's in-house legal team. They have 9 offices in the UK which offer seats: Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton. They will also provide financial assistance and a maintenance grant for both the GDL and LPC.

  • Skadden The first year of your training contract will be divided into two, six-month seats where you will gain experience in corporate transactions and litigation and international arbitration. In your second year, you will be given the opportunity to discuss the remaining practice areas in which you would like to gain experience. In addition, there is an opportunity for you to undertake a secondment to the Hong Kong or Moscow office during the second year of your training contract. Skadden has 23 offices across the globe and the London office is the gateway to the European practice dedicated to top-end, cross-border corporate transactions and international arbitration. Lawyers focus primarily on corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, leveraged finance and banking, tax, corporate restructuring and energy projects. They also advise in international arbitration, litigation and regulatory matters. Skadden pays for the GDL and LPC course fees and provides a maintenance grant.

  • Speechly Bircham ( Charles Russell) They recruit trainees each year, into London, cheltenham and Guildford and you will train in four six-month seats, and can choose from the following practice areas: Banking & finance, Construction & engineering, Contentious trusts, Corporate finance , Corporate tax, Employment, Family, Financial services, Corporate recovery & restructuring, Intellectual Property, Technology & data, Pensions, Private client, Real estate, Real estate litigation, Projects and Client secondments. At least one of your seats will be contentious.

  • Squire Patton Boggs You can choose to work in Birmingham, Leeds, London or Manchester offices. The programme comprises of six four-month seats during your training contract. The key to the training contract is "involvement and responsibility" which is achieved through the choice and number of seats which can be undertaken during the programme, including secondments to clients and  overseas offices. They have 35 offices globally throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America.

  • Stephenson Harwood They take 16 trainees each year in London. You take four seats, each six months long, across any four of the corporate, commercial litigation, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade, and real estate practice groups – they ask you to give them your top three choices so they can accommodate your preferences where possible. You can also apply to gain experience overseas in either the Hong Kong or Singapore office. They will cover the fees for your LPC or GDL plus a maintenance grant.

  • Stevens Bolton They are based in Guildford and take 4 trainees each year. You will undertake six four-month seats. Seats include: Corporate/Commercial, Real Estate, Tax & trusts, Dispute Resolution/IP, Employment and Family. They will cover the fees for your LPC or GDL and a maintenance grant.

  • Sullivan CromwellThis is a US based firm, recruiting for their London office, which is the largest office after New York. Their practice areas include: M&A and private equity; capital markets; credit, leveraged and acquisition finance; project finance; competition law; criminal defence and investigations and tax. Training contracts with S&C will be divided into four six-month seats, covering at least three practice areas. Although you will be working on international work every day in London, they aim to provide trainees who are interested, the opportunity to spend time in one of their other offices. This will primarily be in New York or Hong Kong, although there may also be openings for trainees to spend time in one of the other offices in Europe or Asia. They cover the fees for the LPC and GDL as well as a maintenance grant. They are one of the highest paying law firms.

  • Taylor Vinters are a  law firm specialising in technology, investment and private client. They provide strategic and technical legal advice to clients and pride themselves on their commitment to quality, and innovation. They want to change the view of what dealing with a law firm is like. They look for trainees who are bright, enthusiastic and driven to be the best. You need to be down to earth, have a sense of humour and have interests beyond law. They also welcome applications from second career lawyers. During your two-year training contract you will complete six seats across the Cambridge and London offices in different legal disciplines. You will be given your own workload and high levels of autonomy, coupled with the opportunity to work with some of the best lawyers in the country. There may also be the opportunity to undertake a seat in their Singapore office. The firm's training scheme was recently audited by the Law Society which reported: "This is an excellent training establishment. It is clear that the firm recognises the valuable part that trainees can play in the long term development of the firm. The training programme goes far beyond what the vast majority of firms would consider".

  • Taylor Walton They have offices in Luton, Harpenden and St Albans. They have practice areas in Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Commercial Litigation, Conveyancing, Wills, Probate & Tax and Family.

  • Taylor Wessing You'll spend your two-year training contract in four different practice groups. Because of the importance of corporate work across the firm, you'll definitely do a seat in one of the Corporate or Finance practice groups. Contentious experience is also a must, and can be gained in Commercial Disputes, Employment and Pensions, Trade Marks, Copyright and Media, Patents, Restructuring and Corporate Recovery or Construction practice groups. Your remaining two seats are selected by you, based on your personal preferences and future career path. As well as those named above, possibilities include Commercial Property, Employment, IP, and Private client. Taylor Wessing have 22 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They recruit c20 trainees each year.

  • Thomson Snell & Passmore They are based in Tunbridge Wells. The training contract is divided into four six-months seats, taking account of your preferred practice areas. They cover a range of services for both businesses and individuals.

  • TLT There are 26 possible seats to rotate round. None are compulsory. TLT’s full service legal offering spans the financial, leisure, retail, housing, technology and media, renewables and public sectors and their core legal specialisms are real estate, banking and finance, commercial, corporate, employment and litigation. They have offices in London, Bristol, Northern Ireland and Piraeus (Greece).

  • Travers Smith During your two years’ training in London, you’ll spend six months in Corporate, Real Estate/Banking, Litigation/Employment and one of the other specialist departments. You might also get the chance to spend six months in the Paris office. They recruit 24 trainees a year.

  • Trowers & Hamlins They offer between 15-20 training contracts each year split between a September and March intake respectively.  The training contract is made up of four six-month seats offering you the opportunity to gain real contentious and non-contentious experience within the firm's various practice areas.  Practice areas include Banking & Finance, Commercial Property, Corporate, Litigation, Employment, Housing Projects, International, Projects and Construction, Public Sector and Tax, Trusts & pensions. Upon joining the firm, your first seat will be allocated for you. They recruit trainee solicitors for the London, Manchester and Exeter offices.  London is the largest office. Manchester recruits 4 trainees and Exeter one. Every six months they send seven trainees to the Middle Eastern offices - Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman.

  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards They are based in Bristol. You will undertake four seats of 6 months each. You are able to request a preference for the last three. Their work spans Business and private client. Practice areas include: Banking & Finance, Central government, Commercial, Construction, Corporate, Cross, Border, Dispute Resolution, Education & Charities, Employment, Environment, Family, IT, IP, Licensing, Local Government, PFI, Parliamentary Agents, Personal Injury, Healthcare, real Estate, Conveyancing, Restructuring, Private Client and Tax. They will sponsor the fees for the LPC and pay towards living expenses.

     

Law: Solicitors: W - Z

  • Walker Morris They offer a six seat training programme in commercial law where they choose where first year trainees sit. In the second year, you choose your final 3 seats. Their specialisms include; Banking, Restructuring, Commercial, Corporate, Constructions, Education, Employment, Energy, Financial Services, Food & drink, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Insurance Litigation, IP, International, Litigation, Real Estate, Public Sector, Planning & Environment, Regulatory, Retail, Sports, Tax and Technology & Media.

  • Watson Farley & Williams You will undertake six four-month seats, one overseas in either Paris, Singapore, Piraeus or Bangkok. In each you’ll join a team led by a partner and see complex and high value transactions first hand. Their practice areas include Corporate, Finance, Tax, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Regulatory. They work in Finance & Investment, Maritime, Energy, Natural Resources, Transport, Real Estate and ICT. They pay fees and a maintenance grant for both GDL and LPC.

  • Weightmans With Offices in Birmingham, Dartford, Knutsford, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester, Weightmans have a strong reputation and heritage in insurance in which they are a leading national player. In addition they work in the public sector market, acting for many local, police and fire authorities, and many NHS trusts. They also have a diverse range of commercial services for public sector bodies, large institutions, owner managed businesses and PLCs.

  • Weil They offer up to 10 training contracts each year. They specialise in Corporate (particularly private equity), Finance, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring and Competition. They aim to offer secondments to their overseas offices, including New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. Trainee secondments are awarded based on merit and performance, and the candidate’s ability to be an ambassador for the London office. They also offer secondments to other European offices. Trainees in London regularly work on cross-border matters, liaising with, or travelling to, offices in Europe, Asia and the US. They sponsor the GDL and PLC and offer one of the highest salaries both at trainee level and newly qualified.

  • White & Case They recruit 25-30 trainees each year. From day one you’ll work alongside colleagues from around the world, and deal with many of their 38 global offices across five continents. One of your first decisions will be to choose where to go for your overseas seat – as they guarantee one for 6 months duration. New York? Hong Kong? Beijing? Most of the work is cross-border. You’ll work through four six-month seats, one of which will be Finance and one overseas. To gain contentious experience, you can choose a seat in Dispute Resolution, Employment and Benefits, IP, or Construction and Engineering or join the Litigation Training Programme. Wherever possible, they take into account your personal preferences when finalising your seat rotation. There are a choice of 14 seats in total including, Banking & capital Markets, Construction & Engineering, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy & Infrastructure, Environmental, IP and Technology, M&A, Private Equity, Real Estate, Regulatory and Tax. They pay your GDC and LPC fees and a maintenance grant.

  • WilmerHale. A Us law firm with a presence in London. Their London Intern Programme is with the Arbitration Group in Park Lane. You will gain exposure of a wide range of international commercial disputes and work on factual and legal assignments stemming from current cases, as well as the opportunity to further academic interests with involvement on research projects in conjunction with lawyers in the practice. The programme is open to students in the final stages of their legal education, and practitioners in the early stages of their legal careers. 
  • Winkworth Sherwood You will rotate through four departments in six month placements or 'seats'. They have offices in London, Oxford and Manchester. They specialise in Charities & Social Enterprise, Church of England and Roman Catholic Church, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Education, Employment, Family, Leisure & Hospitality, Local and Central Government, Private Client and Real Estate, Social Housing, Telecoms and Transport.

  • Withers Over the two year training contract trainees undertake four training seats, each of six months’ duration. Training seats are allocated following consultation with you to ensure that consideration is given to your career aspirations alongside the firm's business needs. Possible Training seats include: Charities, Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Employment, Contentious Trusts, Estates, Family, IP, Real Estate (agriculture, residential and commercial), Funds, Tax & Trusts, Property Litigation, Wealth Planning. Withers has offices in London, Milan, Geneva, Zurich, New York, New Haven, Greenwich (Connecticut), Hong Kong and the BVI.

  • Withy King Your training contract will include experience of four different areas of practice, both contentious and non-contentious. A typical seat will last for six months and you will be asked at recruitment stage what areas of law interest them most. You will be based in either, Oxford, Bath and Swindon. The practice includes private client, commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence teams.

  • Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co They recruit 20 trainees into Birmingham and 5 into London. You'll spend six months in four different practice areas or "seats". These are usually made up of a non contentious, contentious, real estate and option seat. The option seat is as it sounds. You have the option to go on a client secondment or focus on an area that's of particular interest to you. There are 4 core practice areas within Wragges: Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Human Resources and Corporate, Commercial, Finance & Projects. Outside the UK, they have offices in Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Guangzhou, Munich and Paris. They cover the fees and a maintenance grant for both LPC and GDL.

 

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