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Welcome to Law Fair 2013 A legal career is very popular with students and in the current economic climate it is very important that you find out as much as you can about the firms and their opportunities.

The same will apply for those interested in areas such as civil liberties and personal injury. You need to be on top of the news and have a good understanding of the issues of the day.

To gain a training contract or a pupillage you will need to meet the firms academic requirements, undertake thorough research into their business and are very clear on your reasons for applying to them.

This fair provides a great opportunity to meet leading legal recruiters and education providers and find out what they are looking for from applicants.

You need to consider what you can offer and how to make your application stand out from the competition. Whatever the core business of the firm, you will have to demonstrate an interest and awareness of their practice areas and their clients.

The exhibitors will be promoting their vacation schemes, training contracts, mini-pupillages, pupillages, law conversion courses, the LPC and BPTC. Make the most of this unique opportunity.

If you are interested in commercial firms, then it stands to reason that you will need to have a knowledge and understanding of commercial issues beyond the headlines. If you want to be a business adviser, then you must be prepared to have your claims questioned.

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Welcome Contents Addleshaw Goddard Allen & Overy LLP Ashurst LLP Baker & McKenzie LLP Berwin Leighton Paisner Bond Dickinson Bristows Browne Jacobson LLP Burges Salmon CILEx Law School The City Law School Clifford Chance Clyde & Co CMS Covington & Burling LLP Dentons UKMEA LLP DLA Piper DWF LLP

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Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP EmployAbility Eversheds LLP Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP Freeth Cartwright LLP Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Gateley LLP Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP Government Legal Service Harrison Clark Rickerbys Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Hill Dickinson LLP Hogan Lovells International LLP Holman Fenwick Willan Ince & Co LLP Irwin Mitchell Jones Day Kennedys Kirkland & Ellis International LLP Latham & Watkins

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LawCareers.Net Lawrence Graham LLP Lawyer2B Leicester De Montfort Law School Linklaters LLP Macfarlanes LLP Mayer Brown International LLP Mills & Reeve LLP Mishcon de Reya Morgan Lewis & Bockius Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP Nabarro LLP Norton Rose Nottingham Law School - Nottingham Trent University Olswang LLP Pinsent Masons LLP PwC Reed Smith RPC

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Shearman & Sterling LLP Shoosmiths Simmons & Simmons LLP SJ Berwin Slaughter and May Staffordshire University Stephenson Harwood Taylor Wessing LLP The Lex 100 The University of Law TLT Solicitors Travers Smith LLP Vinson & Elkins RLLP Watson, Farley & Williams LLP Weil Gotshal & Manges White & Case LLP Wilkin Chapman LLP Withers LLP Wragge & Co LLP


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Your questions about legal careers, answered Law Speed Networking Tuesday 12 November, 6.30pm A2 and A3, Law and Social Sciences, University Park Discover the ins and outs of legal careers from barristers and solicitors at leading firms. Limited places – book online:

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Addleshaw Goddard is a major force on the legal landscape with the capability to provide excellent service to a global client base from our offices in Leeds, London, Manchester, Singapore, Dubai, Oman, Doha, Hong Kong and Muscat. Addleshaw Goddard offers extensive and exciting opportunities to all its trainees across the entire spectrum of commercial law, from employment and banking to real estate, corporate finance, intellectual property, employment, PFI and litigation.

As a trainee with this firm, you’ll be a key member of the team from day one. Wherever you are based, you’ll work closely with blue chip clients within a supportive yet challenging environment and be part of a structured training programme designed to ensure your success – now and in the future. A career with Addleshaw Goddard means more variety, early responsibility and greater future opportunities to develop with the firm.

Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with over 5,500 people in 42 major centres worldwide. Our clients include many of the world’s top businesses, financial institutions and governments. Starting your graduate career with Allen & Overy means starting at the very top of international commercial law. We are renowned for the high quality of our corporate, banking and international capital markets advice, but also have major strengths in areas such as litigation and dispute resolution, employment and benefits,

tax and real estate. Our partners frequently lead the field in their particular areas of law and we can claim both an enviable reputation among clients and unrivalled success in major deals.


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Ashurst offers clients and trainees alike a clear alternative to the other elite international law firms. With 25 offices spanning the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, we offer the scale to attract global mandates.

What marks us out from our competitors, however, is our teamwork and care for the individual. For our clients this means a highly personalised service. For our trainees it means a chance to make your presence felt right from the outset.

With a reputation for commercial advice that is also technically acute we operate at the cutting edge of financial, corporate, infrastructure, disputes and resources markets.

Our strong culture of collegiality means you will be encouraged to take greater responsibility during your training contract and beyond.

Baker & McKenzie is a leading global law firm based in over 70 locations across 46 countries. With a presence in nearly all of the world’s leading financial and commercial centres, our strategy is to provide the best combination of local legal and commercial knowledge, international expertise and resources.

The two-year training contract comprises of four six-month seats which include a corporate and a contentious seat, usually within our highly regarded dispute resolution department, together with the possibility of a secondment abroad or with a client.

Our trainee solicitors are a vital part of that strategy, exposed to the international scope of the firm from the moment they start.

Berwin Leighton Paisner is an international, full-service law firm with over 840 lawyers based across 11 global offices. Working in tandem with our international offices, we have proactively managed relationships with more than 100 leading preferred firms in over 65 countries. Since our 2001 merger, BLP has won over 40 major awards and accolades, including ‘UK Law Firm of the Year’ five times – more than any other firm. We’re looking for people who can take complex, often pressurised commercial situations in their stride.


We are currently recruiting for 40 trainees to start their training contracts in September 2016 or March 2017. You can find advice about what we look for in applications on our website and on our Facebook page.

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Although we’ve only been in existence since 1 May 2013, you will probably be very familiar with the two firms who created this exciting new firm. Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees have both had a strong profile in the legal market and agreeing the merger was a major step in delivering the growth strategies for both firms. It is this new scale that will give us the strength, depth and sector insight to support our clients’ commercial objectives. We have more than 1200 people nationwide, including 146 partners and over 560 other legal

professionals. We have offices in Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton and Tees Valley. We are a full-service law firm with a focus on seven major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources, retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), real estate, financial institutions, chemicals and manufacturing, transport and infrastructure; private wealth. We also have three other areas which are growing: technology, hospitality, and leisure and education.

Trainees at Bond Dickinson will have an opportunity to spend six months in four business groups, gaining a real breadth of experience along the way. You can find out more about the firm and access our online application form via our website.

Bristows LLP is a medium-sized law firm that handles the kind of work you might normally associate with only the very largest firms. We have built up a client list that includes leading businesses from a variety of sectors, whether global corporate, growing start-ups, charities or financial institutions. As part of a select and high calibre intake, trainees work alongside our partners dealing directly with clients right from the start. There’s plenty of responsibility but this is matched by an extremely supportive and friendly culture.

Bristows LLP might be known as one of the foremost intellectual property firms in the UK, but this only tells part of the story. Our lawyers are also recognised as leading authorities in a wide variety of other legal disciplines and as a firm we offer a true breadth of expertise. These are our core practice areas: intellectual property, information technology, corporate, commercial disputes, real estate, regulatory, EU and competition, media and marketing, employment and tax.

Each year we ask up to 10 graduates to join our team. The best way to get an idea of what we’re like as a firm is to come along and meet our people on our stand.

We’re a full-service national law firm with offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter. We have a long established and nationwide reputation in all areas of our commercial, public sector, health and insurance practices and are recognised as regional heavyweights for corporate, property, public enquiry, litigation and professional risk work.

For more information about life as a trainee visit their blog at or follow them on Twitter, @brownejtrainees.

You’ll get great training, a friendly and supportive working environment and real career opportunities. Our trainee solicitors are given quality work and exposure to clients from early on, but are supported in achieving results and recognised for their contribution.

We’re looking for talented law and nonlaw graduates who can bring enthusiasm, commitment and a flexible and friendly attitude to our firm.

You’ll start with a comprehensive induction programme, a fast-track professional skills course and then go onto our internal trainee development programme. You’ll spend four periods of six months in some of the principle areas of the firm, gaining an overview of the practice.

We will cover the fees for your GDL and LPC, as well as a £5,000 maintenance grant.


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Burges Salmon is consistently ranked among the UK’s most successful commercial law firms. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent legal and business advice to our clients, which has led to many of our practice areas and sectors winning awards and recognition as best in class. Our national and international client base ranges from private individuals to government departments and FTSE 100 companies including The Crown Estate, Discovery Channel and Lloyds Banking Group. Trainees have the opportunity to work with exceptional clients

CILEx Law School offers law and GDL graduates a real alternative to the LPC through the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. The academic qualification to become a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer takes approximately a year and costs a fraction of the LPC. You can enrol at any time of the year on CILEx Law School’s supported distance learning courses and study while in full-time employment.

The City Law School is one of London’s major law schools. Offering an impressive range of academic and professional courses, it is the first law school in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education. With four levels of study: undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and continuing professional development, we offer courses suitable for everyone interested in following a career in law.


on outstanding cases against the backdrop of Bristol; consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in England and Wales. We recruit future partners, not future trainees and recognise that developing talent is critical to our success. Our people are ambitious and forward-thinking with a determination to deliver top quality work for our clients. We look for hardworking and motivated individuals who are able to drive the business forward and contribute to our formidable reputation as a leading UK law firm.

If you’re working in a legal environment, then that can count towards CILEx’s qualifying employment requirement for Chartered Legal Executive Lawyers. If you want to become a solicitor, the specially designed open learning GDL and LPC programmes in partnership with the Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, De Montfort University allow you to fit studying around your work or other commitments.

We are currently looking for trainee solicitors to commence training contracts in 2016. There are also opportunities to secure a place on one of our four, two-week summer vacation schemes which run from June to August.

CILEx Law School provides effective, high quality and accessible training to help you gain a professional legal qualification. When you enrol with CILEx Law School you’ll benefit from expert tuition and outstanding study support.

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Every year Clifford Chance looks for individuals who share the firm’s ambition to remain right at the forefront of international law firms. Join us and you will become part of a team dedicated to tackling some of the most complex and fascinating legal issues facing the world today. We work both internationally and domestically with a full range of clients, from multinational and domestic corporates to financial institutions, regulatory authorities, supranational bodies, governments and government agencies.

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on its core sectors of aviation, energy, infrastructure, insurance, marine, and trade. With over 1,400 lawyers operating from 33 offices and associated offices in six continents, the firm advises corporates, financial institutions, private individuals, and governments.

This is a firm where day-to-day work is often game-changing, and where – even as a trainee – you’ll work on transformational deals and issues. We offer training contracts, vacation schemes and insight workshops along with the fourth year of our award-winning Intelligent Aid competition.

The firm has an unrivalled reputation for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, Latin America and Africa.


What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s CMS. Firstly, we’re the leading European group of law firms, with more offices in Europe than any of our direct competitors. Secondly, we take a genuine, client-focused approach that attracts some of the world’s biggest organisations. Last but not least, we know how to take talented people much further – geographically, intellectually and professionally. Our training contracts, in London, Bristol, Aberdeen or Edinburgh, last two years and feature four six-month seats.

One of these will be spent outside your home office, at one of our international or regional offices or on secondment to one of our top clients.

In your second year or above? Then apply for one of our two-week vacation schemes. You’ll have real work to do in two different practice areas, take part in workshops, attend eyeopening presentations and go to client meetings. If you want to stand for more too, find out how at


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We are a leading international law firm founded in Washington DC that has over 850 lawyers with offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington.

communications industries on corporate, commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. Recent matters include advising the International Paralympics Committee on anti-doping matters and Armani on its collaboration with Rihanna.

We represent some of the world’s most sophisticated clients in a diverse range of fields. Clients that we regularly act for include: Facebook, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, Bacardi, and Samsung. We have particular expertise advising clients in the life sciences, financial services, internet and IT, and software and

Our current trainees have worked on high-profile matters that their peers at other firms may not get to experience until after qualification. In addition, recent trainees attended a dinner at the House of Lords and have been to numerous hearings. They also travelled to Washington DC. for our associate integration seminar.

Dentons is a client-focused global legal practice delivering quality and value, with lawyers and professionals in 79 locations worldwide. We have disciplined focus on meeting the evolving needs of our clients, in 24 sectors.

We also offer a one-week summer scheme in Milton Keynes for both law and non-law students and in London for law students, both schemes will be held in July 2014. In London we also offer a winter open day for non-law students in December 2013. These placements consist of business games, department visits and social events, giving potential trainees an insight into commercial law and our way of life at Dentons.

We look for candidates from any degree discipline (minimum 2:1), with strong academics and extracurricular record of achievement. All applications are submitted online.

We believe in building long-term relationships by being accessible, responsive, straightforward, smart, decisive and focused. Our success depends on our people and our progressive approach to recruitment has delivered a mix of talents, which has contributed to this success.

During the placement you will sit with two different departments and will be fully immersed into life at DLA Piper. Candidates should have ABB at A level or at least five highers in the A B band and a 2:1 at degree which can be any subject.

We offer up to 130 two-week placements across our UK offices and we use these to recruit our trainees.

We have training contracts to commence in September 2016 in our London, Milton Keynes and Middle East offices.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world. Our vision is to be the leading global business law firm, undertaking work for the leading companies and organisations in each of our markets, wherever they operate. In short, we want to take care of the world’s business. Our clients, and how we look after them, are at the heart of our strategy.


If you are committed to career in commercial law, revel in exciting and challenging work, and want to learn in a supportive and friendly environment, we look forward to hearing from you.

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DWF LLP is a leading full-service law firm. We provide a full range of legal services to businesses and private clients across the UK.

Our business continues to expand through a combination of organic growth, lateral hires and other consolidation activity.

We employ over 2450 people – including 296 partners and 1520 fee earners. We are able to serve clients on a national basis from our offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Preston and internationally through our relationships with law firms around the world.

We pride ourselves on providing outstanding client service that combines excellent commercial advice with an approachable style.

Edwards Wildman is a growing international firm working with Fortune 500, FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies alike in a full spectrum of industries. The firm has been fortunate to receive a number of recent accolades including 2012 London Office of the Year by Legal Week in addition to 2012 Most Innovative Law Firm by the Financial Times in recognition of the firm’s litigation practice.

an office in Istanbul in association with the Ismen law firm. Our key strengths are in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance and intellectual property. We also have a number of other specialisms in our London office.

We have offices in the US, London and Hong Kong and are currently working towards opening

EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates who have dyslexia, any other disability, longterm illness or mental health condition into employment, offering support, guidance and advice throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We can provide guidance on how to make successful applications and CVs, how to approach interviews and assessment centres, as

The firm is involved in the highest quality work with an international context. We advise multinational corporates, financial institutions and governments worldwide on a range of multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes, transactions and regulatory matters.

In London we recruit around six trainees each year. Smaller numbers means we can give you a collaborative learning experience and a more personalised training contract. Responsibility, challenging international work and a supportive, collegiate working environment are also hallmarks.

well as pertinent information on disclosure of disability and information on your adjustment requirements. We also offer a range of internship and graduate programmes with leading graduate employers including Google, Wellcome Trust, Dow, Shell, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, National Audit Office, Herbert Smith, Slaughter and May and The Guardian.


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Eversheds LLP is one of the largest full-service law firms in the world with over 4,100 people and 43 offices in major cities across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As an innovative firm working for some of the world’s most prestigious organisations in both the public and private sector, Eversheds offer a compelling mixture of straightforward advice, clear direction, predictable costs and outstanding service. Eversheds’ strategic plan will see the firm build on its achievements and continue expanding.

We are looking for highly ambitious and focused trainees to help us achieve our goals. Eversheds people are valued for their drive and legal expertise but also for their business advice too. We develop the same qualities in our trainees.

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP is a full-service international law firm with offices in Brussels, Hamburg, Paris, Manchester, London and Palo Alto. The firm has also recently opened an office in Shanghai to expand our international presence.

Our firm are looking to recruit trainees from both law and non-law backgrounds who have a strong academic background, excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and the ability to work as part of a team.

We have around 150 partners and over 230 lawyers. We have a particular focus on companies that are highly regulated and those with intellectual property and technology driven business models.

Freeth Cartwright is one of the UK’s leading national law firms. While we are a heavyweight commercial firm serving a wide variety of corporate and institutional clients, there is also a strong commitment to a broad range of legal services, which includes a substantial private client element. This enables us to give a breadth of experience in training. For lawyers starting out on their careers, Freeth Cartwright is a place where individuals really matter. We have ambitious goals for the future and, in order to achieve these goals, we have


We offer a full, well-rounded training programme with the opportunity to focus your technical skills in each of the various practice groups as you rotate through four six-month seats. You will also take part in a full programme of personal

and commercial development skills training too, including finance and business, communication, presenting, business writing, client care, professional standards and advocacy. Should you be interested in completing a secondment during your training contract, Eversheds offer a number of exciting opportunities to our international offices and clients.

a continuing need for quality people to join our team. We recruit 12–14 trainees each year. We work in close partnership with clients, providing positive, practical solutions and clear, comprehensive advice. We are committed to continuous improvement and our increasing success as a business is built on achieving success for our clients. We have over 600 staff operating from offices in Birmingham, Derby, Leicester, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham,

Oxford, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent. Our client base reflects not only our strength in the East Midlands but also our nationwide service delivery.

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A leading international law firm with a network of 28 offices in 16 different countries. The firm provides first-rate legal services to corporations, financial institutions and governments around the world.

Trainee solicitors receive thorough professional training in a broad range of practice areas, an excellent personal development programme and the chance to work in one of the international offices or on secondment with a client.

Their lawyers work on high profile, interesting and often ground-breaking work for clients such as Morgan Stanley, Hewlett Packard, Tesco and the Bank of England, with 439 international partners and 450 trainees worldwide.

Working with and learning from one of the most talented peer groups in the legal world, trainees will get the blend of support and freedom they need to evolve their career and take advantage of the opportunities the network offers.

Gateley LLP is a dynamic commercial firm with offices throughout the UK and Dubai. We believe that your future and our future are one and the same.

We are committed to investment and training which is thorough and well-structured and will develop your commercial awareness, business, management and marketing skills. Our culture is friendly and down to earth and we offer genuine career opportunities for the right candidates. Our workforce is as diverse as our clients and our geography and we genuinely value people for who they are and for the exceptional lawyers they can become.

Our opportunities are for second year law students, final year non-law students and graduates with the following qualifications: a minimum of at least three Bs at A Level (excluding general studies) or a 2:1 degree.

The London office handles all aspects of corporate work, including public and private M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, tax, commercial real estate, and restructuring and insolvency. The office also has an extensive dispute resolution practice, which handles commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, international arbitration and employment and competition law disputes, and which regularly represents clients in courts in the UK and in jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands.

Our trainees have been at the heart of the firm’s growth over the last decade and we are looking for the highest calibre of people to help drive the business forward and to continue building our outstanding reputation for our practical approach, sound advice and professional commitment to our clients.

Gibson Dunn is one of the top law firms in the world with a London practice established over 30 years ago. We work on a fully-integrated basis with our other offices around the world, offering full-service capabilities on a wide range of business issues to listed companies, large private companies, investment banks, private equity firms, start-up ventures and many other organisations with international operations and ambitions.

Please note we do not accept paper or email applications. All applications to be made online at our website.


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We have one client: the British Government. Whether the Government is creating new legislation, procuring goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice. To carry out this work, the Government needs its own lawyers who understand its business.

The Government Legal Service (GLS) is the term used to describe approximately 2000 lawyers working in the legal teams of 30 Departments of State and other Government organisations. GLS lawyers advise Ministers and officials on their powers and responsibilities litigate on their behalf and ensure that official decisions comply with the law.

Our lawyers’ work will be determined by the business in which their departments are engaged but will typically involve the widest possible range of public and private law matters. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation and prosecution.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a leading regional law firm with approximately 350 members of staff, who specialise in all aspects of corporate, commercial and private client matters. We are proud of our reputation of lawyers with a flexible approach and ‘get the job done’ attitude. From our offices based in Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and the Thames Valley our goal is to provide clients with the best expertise and service available.

Training people well is at the heart of Harrison Clark Rickerbys as we know we cannot provide a first class service to our clients without employing and retaining first class staff.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. We are a global force with a market leading position in Asia Pacific. With 2,800 lawyers in offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, we are the eighth largest law firm in the world.

Our disputes practice is acknowledged as the number one in UK and Asia and includes our leading international arbitration practice and award winning in-house advocacy unit. We are a marker leader in corporate with a particular strength in the energy sector. Allied to this is a deep vein of quality that runs through our other practice areas, such as finance, competition, real estate and employment, pensions and incentives. We also have specialist areas such as intellectual property and tax.


At Harrison Clark Rickerbys we generally recruit our trainees through the paralegal system. Paralegals are recruited throughout the year, based on the needs of a department at any one time, therefore applications are considered at any time of year.

If successful as a paralegal, training contracts are generally awarded after a period of 18 months or so. There is, therefore, no cut off period for new trainees to be appointed for any particular year, although such appointments will only take place twice a year in September and March.

We offer 70 training contracts and 100 vacation scheme places a year. For a truly international experience, London vacation scheme students can apply to spend time in one of our international offices. We also offer workshops at Easter time exclusively for first year students.

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Hill Dickinson is big – and so are our clients. We’re a top 30 law firm, with around 1,350 people and 175 partners, and our portfolio is extremely varied, spanning international banks, oligarchs, Premiership football clubs and top sports stars from Europe, Asia and the USA. We have offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Sheffield in the UK, alongside international bases in Singapore, Piraeus and Monaco. The firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum,

Hogan Lovells is a top global law firm, with over 2,500 lawyers working in over 40 offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. Our unique balance of ambition and approachability attracts prestigious clients and creates a working culture where the ambition of our trainee solicitors is supported to ensure their success. Our global diversity and wide range of practice areas gives us a strong reputation for corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property.

We are an international law firm with over 450 lawyers worldwide and a market leading reputation for advising businesses in all aspects of international commerce. We have developed our transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution services across a number of core sectors, including aviation, commodities, energy, mining, insurance and shipping and transport. Clients based throughout the world tell us they value this sector focus, in addition to our international reach and client service: ‘A top law firm with high quality service and deep

from non-contentious advisory and transactional work to all forms of dispute resolution. Hill Dickinson prides itself on fostering the strongest client relationships and adding value through innovation. The firm acts as a trusted adviser to businesses, organisations and individuals within a wide range of specialist market sectors: including transportation and logistics and international trade, through to retail, insurance, marine, health, education, manufacturing, public sector and banking and financial services.

Our two-year training contract is split into four six-month periods of work experience known as ‘seats’ including the opportunity to apply for client or international secondments. We offer up to 70 places over two highly regarded summer vacation schemes and one winter vacation scheme. For first year law students, we offer a one-week spring vacation scheme along with opens days to give students a chance to sample life at the firm.

knowledge of the market.’ (Chambers Global 2013). We offer our trainees an environment where you will be working alongside some of the most respected and talented lawyers in their field, embracing opportunities that may include international seats and client secondments.

The firm’s clients include multinational companies, major corporations, UK plcs, insurance companies, UK and foreign banks and financial institutions, public sector organisations, private individuals and public professional bodies. Evolve with Hill Dickinson, as we expand to ensure our global reach and breadth of expertise hit clients’ expectations of a forward-thinking law firm.

Law students should apply after completion of their penultimate year and when they have their exam results (where applicable) and by 31 July 2014 at the latest. Non-law students and nonlaw graduates should apply by 30 April 2014.

For more information on training contracts at HFW please visit our website.

We are currently recruiting for training contracts commencing in September 2016 and March 2017, and for our 2014 spring and summer vacation schemes.


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With over 140 years of experience, Ince & Co is one of the oldest law firms in the City. We’ve built our success by always taking an innovative approach, looking for new ways to apply legal strategies and create new law. Ince & Co is frequently at the forefront of developments in contract and tort law.

We have five core business groups: aviation, energy and offshore, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and shipping. We are a truly international firm with offices in Beijing, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

With a world leading reputation initially built on shipping and insurance, over the decades we have successfully explored new territory and established our expertise across a number of specific industries.

Founded in 1912, the firm has grown from strength to strength and today employs more than 2,100 people. Nationally acclaimed, with strong international capabilities, Irwin Mitchell is one of a few law firms to provide a diverse range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. One of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal services to over 200,000 clients a year, with particular strengths in litigation.

The firm is looking for ambitious and well-motivated individuals who have a real commitment to the law and who can demonstrate a positive approach to work-life balance. Irwin Mitchell recruits law and non-law graduates and views social ability as important as academic achievement. Irwin Mitchell believes trainees are an investment for the future and endeavours to retain trainees upon qualification.

Jones Day is a truly global law firm. Its 2,400 lawyers in 40 locations worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience. In its well established practice in the City of London, its 200 lawyers address the most demanding global and local matters.

Principal areas of practice include: cross-border M&A, real estate and finance transactions (including banking, capital markets, investment funds, private equity and structured finance), global disputes, and regulatory matters involving the UK, US, and other authorities.

The firm operates a unique, non-rotational training system, whereby trainees seek out work simultaneously from all departments. The training is designed to provide freedom, flexibility and responsibility from the start.

Additional specialist areas include business restructuring, competition/antitrust, corporate tax planning, employment and pensions, energy, intellectual property, and projects and infrastructure.


Our Easter vacation work has 10 places in total and there are 10 training contracts. The deadline for our 2014 Trainee Recruitment Placement Scheme is 31 January 2014 and for our 2016 training contracts is 31 July 2014. Apply online:

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Kennedys is a specialist national and international legal firm with unrivalled expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. The firm has over 1200 people globally, across nine UK and 10 international locations. Kennedys is a top 26 law firm and the firm’s growth and success has been recognised by the 2010 Legal Business Awards, where it was awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Insurance Team of the Year’.

Kennedys offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon its core values; the firm are approachable and responsive, show respect for people, are trustworthy and straightforward and ensure that economic solutions are delivered to clients. Kennedys’ trainees experience early responsibility and client contact as the firm finds that this produces excellent solicitors who are capable of running their own caseload once they qualify.

Areas include arbitration, ADR, banking, commercial litigation, commercial property, company and commercial, construction, defamation, employment, environment, insolvency, insurance/reinsurance, medical negligence, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury, private client and shipping.

Kirkland & Ellis is a leading international law firm with more than 1600 lawyers representing global clients in complex corporate, restructuring, finance, litigation, intellectual property and competition matters.

High-quality training is the hallmark of the trainee programme at Kirkland & Ellis. For 2016 we are offering up to 10 training contracts.

Vacation schemes are also a vital part of the graduate recruitment process and we would strongly encourage those interested in the firm to apply for a vacation scheme before applying for a training contract. We are offering 16-18 placements throughout June and July 2014.

Kirkland is ranked in the top 10 of the Global 100 (Legal Business 2013) and based in the heart of the city in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office – compromising around 130 lawyers – acts in some of the most complex high value and high profile transactions in Europe.

Latham & Watkins is a major international law firm with more than 230 lawyers in London who work closely with colleagues throughout the firm, drawing on the expertise of more than 2,000 attorneys located in 32 offices worldwide. The firm’s award-winning London office is recognised for having the depth of experience to provide high-end legal services to local and multi-jurisdictional clients on complex, crossborder matters. We believe the key to our success is our ‘one firm’ culture with a spirit of teamwork and shared commitment to equality.

We delegate responsibility on a merit-based system, allowing our trainees to grow their workload along with their abilities. Almost from day one, our trainees gain hands-on experience of interacting with clients, drafting documents and attending court. We also encourage them to choose their own path of specialism on their journey through the firm.

We run a two-year training programme which is split into four seats, whereby trainees rotate among the corporate, finance, and litigation departments. We endeavour to accommodate a trainee’s interest in specific practice areas, while ensuring that he or she gains experience of the core areas of our practice. We expect our trainees to be offered the opportunity to spend six months in one of our overseas offices.


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Launching a career in the legal profession is no simple matter. It requires knowledge, planning, insight and dedication. If you do not follow the rules of the game, you are seriously diminishing your chances of success. LawCareers.Net and The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook are expressly designed to support and inform you as you work towards a legal career – that’s why they have always been, respectively, the online and print resources that are most cited in applications made over the last four years.

Both tools contain extensive information on the background to law, lawyers, types of firm and different kinds of practitioner, as well as guidance on different work areas and the recruitment process/timetable. LC.N adds to this further with current news and feature content. Most importantly, both LC.N and The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook feature a comprehensive directory of firms and chambers that are actively recruiting graduates with the skills, drive and talent to become successful lawyers.

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Lawrence Graham is a firm of business lawyers advising clients from around the world. Our clients come from over 60 countries across six continents with almost half our revenue coming from outside the UK. When you join Lawrence Graham as a trainee solicitor, you become a vital part of a world-class business law firm.

To get a better insight into who we are, be sure to check our graduate site for profiles, case studies, recent news and more on our website.

To apply you will need to fill out our online application form – simply go to our website and click on ‘Apply now’.

We have training contract places for approximately 10 new faces and 10 vacation scheme places. You’ll need at least a 2:1 and 320 UCAS points at A-level (or equivalent) taken from you top three A-levels taken in the first sitting, not including general studies.

You can also visit Lawyer 2B online. Our website is a ‘one stop’ shop for anyone wishing to pursue a career in law and by registering to our free weekly and fortnightly email news services you can keep up to date with all the latest deals news, gossip and jobs. Sign up today at our stand for a chance to win an iPad mini.

Lawyer 2B is published four times a year – October, December, February, and May.

The reasons to train at Lawrence Graham are substantial. Our client roster stacks up against many of the major city firms, yet we’re not so big that working here feels as social as a Monday morning tube journey.

Lawyer2B is a must-read magazine for anyone interested in pursuing a career in law. Its lively and compelling content includes news, analysis, jobs and features on all the major developments in the legal sector, as well as unbiased advice on breaking into the profession. Pick up your free copy of the autumn issue, from our stand today.


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Leicester De Montfort Law School incorporating the Department of Law and the Leicester Institute of Legal Practice offers an extensive portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional legal courses, including the GDL and LPC programmes. The Law School is located in a state of the art, £35 million faculty building. Combining modern study suites, IT labs, a bookshop and a cafe, students will benefit from dedicated law facilities such as a mock court room, a law clinic and an integrated law library.

Come and study with us in Leicester and take advantage of: two days compulsory attendance per week (full-time), excellent pastoral care and careers support, guaranteed mentor from practice during the course, excellent pro bono opportunities, highly competitive fees, extensive range of commercial and traditional electives (LPC), tuition by qualified solicitors and linked upgrade from LPC to LLM in Legal Practice.

Everything we have to offer you as an employer is influenced by our determination to be the leading global law firm. This ambition defines the quality of the work we do as a firm, but it also shapes the way we train and develop you as a lawyer. We look for ability, dedication and a global outlook in all our graduates because we know what it takes to succeed here. And the rewards are exceptional for those that do.

We are a truly global law firm. Our 4,500 people worldwide work on challenging transactions and assignments for many of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions. Every one of them shares our ambition to produce innovative and often groundbreaking solutions. From the depth of our client relationships to the entrepreneurial freedom that drives our growth, we work together to deliver amazing results for our clients.

For talented graduates who share our vision and values, there really is no better place to start.

Macfarlanes is a leading City law firm. We are recognised for the quality of our work, not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising our clients on their private affairs. They trust our judgement and we are in a unique position to advise on their most complex matters, while at the same time remaining smaller than our competitors.

As advisers to many of the world’s leading businesses and business leaders, we manage international matters in an effective and seamless manner. We give clients a single point of contact and coordinate advice across all relevant jurisdictions. In short, we have a formidable and unique combination of expertise and culture; and we rely on remarkable individuals to shape the firm for the future.

We believe the strongest firm is achieved by choosing a mix of people – reflecting different styles so as to meet the needs that we – and our varied range of clients – will have in the future. We look for a rare combination of intellectual curiosity, character and drive. We are looking for ambitious trainees who will thrive on responsibility and challenge and who are ready to begin their careers on day one.


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Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia and Europe. We have approximately 1000 lawyers in the Americas, 300 in Asia and 450 in Europe. Our presence in the world’s leading markets enables us to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. We are noted for our commitment to client service and our ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide.

We serve many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world’s largest investment banks. We provide legal services in areas such as litigation, corporate and securities, finance, real estate, tax, intellectual property, government and global trade, restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, and environmental.

Mills & Reeve LLP is one of the UK’s leading full-service law firms. With 112 partners and over 800 staff, we’re a major firm that is growing quickly. We service a national and international client base from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich. Core sectors are: corporate and commercial, banking and finance, technology, insurance, real estate, healthcare, education, government and private client. Mills & Reeve has been recognised for the 10th consecutive year as a top 100 employer in the The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For 2013 listing.

We require a minimum of 2:1 in any discipline from applicants. The firm pays the full costs of the GDL and LPC fees and a maintenance grant.

Founded in 1937, Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working.

of addressing issues in a collaborative, nonhierarchical environment.

We like to solve problems quickly. To achieve this consistently, we employ a diverse collection of talented people, from varied backgrounds with differing perspectives, who are capable


Online applications for two-week paid placements during the summer must be received by 31 January 2014. There are 15 training contracts per year. Application is online and should be submitted by 31 July 2014.

Organised internally into six different departments: corporate, employment, dispute resolution, family, Mishcon private and real estate, the firm also has a growing number of specialist groups which include: art, betting and gaming, finance and banking, fraud, immigration, insolvency and IP.

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With 25 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, regulatory and litigation services to clients of all sizes and across all major industries. Founded in 1873, Morgan Lewis comprises more than 1,600 legal professionals including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists and other specialists. Morgan Lewis is seeking candidates with a consistently strong academic record, who would respond with confidence to opportunities

Morrison & Foerster is an international firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in offices across the US, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1883, the firm remains dedicated to providing clients, which include some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, and technology and life science companies, with legendary service. The firm’s attorneys share high standards, a commitment to excellence and a passion for helping clients succeed. The firm is also recognised for its long standing commitment to pro bono work.

We are one of the UK’s leading commercial law firms with offices in London, Sheffield, Brussels and Singapore. We offer extensive legal services to national and international clients. The working culture at Nabarro is open and friendly, yet highly professional. We are the 2012 and 2013 winners of the NCWE award for ‘Best work placement of the year in the law sector’. In 2011 and 2013 we won ‘The best short-term insight scheme’ at the National Placement and Internship awards.

to work on challenging assignments across a wide variety of areas. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication and client service skills and analytical ability, as well as a proven ability to work effectively both independently and within a team. Successful applicants will gain sponsorship of the LPC and GDL at BPP Law School in London. A maintenance grant will be provided.

The firm as a whole covers antitrust, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, communications and media, corporate matters, energy, entertainment, environmental matters, financial services, financial transactions, government contracts, intellectual property, investment management, land use and natural resources, life sciences, litigation, outsourcing, privacy, project finance and development, real estate, tax and technology transactions.

The London office specialises in capital markets, corporate, financial transactions, employment, life sciences, litigation, outsourcing, tax and technology transactions.

Also, we are three time winners of ‘Best undergraduate internship/vacation scheme’ at the Target National Graduate Recruitment awards.

We recruit up to 25 trainees per year; 20 in London and five in Sheffield. Each trainee undertakes six four-month seats ensuring exposure to the firm’s core practice and specialist areas. We aim to recruit all of our trainees from the vacation schemes. Applicants should apply online.


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Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare.

Nottingham Law School, one of the largest university law schools in the UK, enjoys a national and international reputation for delivering high-quality education and training across a broad range of academic and professional courses. We have developed strong links with leading law firms, barristers’ chambers and the judiciary regionally, nationally and internationally. This ensures that our courses fully prepare you for modern legal practice. Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) has a reputation that is second to none and has been

Olswang is a passionate and pioneering firm with a business-minded approach to the law. Our decisive, connected and highly-commercial people are committed to changing the face of business, impacting sectors ranging from real estate to retail and life sciences to leisure. Our progressive culture gives us a definitive edge and has won us an unparalleled reputation in industries such as technology, media and telecoms. Headquartered in London, our firm comprises over 750 people spanning a network of offices


Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

continuously graded as ‘excellent’ by the Law Society/Solicitors Regulations Authority. Since 2006 a revised system of grading the LPC has been in place and our LPC has received the highest possible grading of ‘commendable practice’ in every area of the course. We are one of only nine educational establishments validated by the Bar Council to deliver the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), the law conversion course, is taught in a realistic and relevant context, which ensures

in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore and the UK. Our rapidly expanding presence across Europe, combined with our ambitious plans for growth in the territories our clients demand, makes us the firm of choice for true innovation, wherever it may be emerging across the globe. Our sector focus supports the wealth of knowledge and interest among fee earners and attracts a distinct breadth of clients from across industries.

that it produces well-rounded lawyers who are attractive to the profession. Our employment rates are consistently high and scholarships are available. Our professional courses can now be ‘topped up’ with an LLM – LLM Legal Practice. For further information please contact the Admissions Team.

We represent recognised brands and key industry players, as well as smaller, pioneering companies. Our principal practice areas include: corporate, data protection, employment, EU and competition, finance, intellectual property, litigation and arbitration, media transactions, outsourcing, real estate, restructuring, tax, and technology transactions.

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Pinsent Masons is a full-service international law firm and ranks amongst the top 75 global law firms. We provide legal services to a wide variety of clients across the sectors of energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, advanced manufacturing and technology and core industries and markets. We work with clients including FTSE 100 and AIM listed companies, government departments and public sector institutions.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP (PwC Legal) is an independent member of the PwC international network of firms. We combine the best of both worlds. A firm that’s not so large it’s impersonal, yet as part of the wider PwC network, we can call upon the support of professionals in PwC when our clients are looking for rounded solutions incorporating multidisciplinary advice. Our solicitors often work directly alongside PwC tax advisers, human capital consultants, corporate finance experts, actuaries,

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multijurisdictional and high-stake matters, deliver regulatory counsel, and execute the full range

Pinsent Masons is the only firm to operate across all three UK jurisdictions and more recently we have been developing our overseas network of offices in the Asia-Pacific region, continental Europe and the Gulf. Our merger with McGrigors in May 2012 reflects our strategy to become a firm of truly international reach, offering world-class service and excellent value.

management consultants and, of course, accountants.

Combined with our ambitious growth plans, this makes us an exciting place to launch your career.

We offer a wide range of domestic and international clients both project-based, specialist legal advice and ongoing general day-to-day counsel. Our practice areas include advising on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, intellectual property, information technology, commercial and tax litigation, immigration, pensions, employment, banking, commercial contracts, real estate, wills and trusts, environment and sustainability.

of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy trade and commodities, real estate, manufacturing, and education. graduates


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Leading lawyers, great clients, and an unrivalled commercial approach to business. At RPC we offer a depth of knowledge and creativity that few firms can rival and combine this with high quality training programmes that are consistently praised in the leading directories. Headquartered in a state of the art office in London, we also have stunning offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our open plan, collaborative working environment – where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners an everyday reality – is designed to

Shearman & Sterling LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms, has been at the forefront of the legal profession for over a century. Today we are one of the largest legal practices in the world, with a significant European client base. Our reputation, skills and expertise are recognised throughout the world. Established in 1972, the London office is a leading practice covering all aspects of English and US corporate and finance law.

bring out the best in our people and to ensure that the service we offer our clients is second to none. We provide top quality legal services to global businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and practices, including insurance, commercial litigation, construction, engineering and projects, corporate/M&A, IP and technology, media, real estate, employment and pensions, outsourcing, regulatory, tax and competition.

Our main areas of work include: mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, banking and structured finance (including capital markets, structured finance, leveraged and acquisition finance), international litigation and arbitration, competition, tax, financial institutions advisory and asset management, executive compensation and employee benefits, intellectual property and property.

Shoosmiths is an established top 40 national law firm with offices in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading, and Solent. We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice.


At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically.

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Simmons & Simmons is a leading international legal practice with over 1,500 staff worldwide, including 230 partners, and a total legal staff of over 800. Our current client base includes a significant number of the current FTSE 100 and Fortune Global 500 companies and it advises the top 10 investment banks, many of the world’s largest financial conglomerates and more than half of the top 50 European hedge fund managers. We provide services from 22 locations based in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

We currently have sector groups focusing on asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) and life sciences.

Our training and MBA programme is constantly evolving to build the skills you will need to be successful in the fast moving world of international business. To submit an application or to find out more, please visit our website.

The firm’s internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on.

SJ Berwin is an international law firm with a strong reputation in corporate finance. The firm has 160 partners and over 400 fee-earners across 12 offices.

and technology, energy, employment and pensions, EU and competition, finance, financial markets, intellectual property, investment funds, litigation and dispute resolution, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, private equity, real estate, reconstruction and insolvency, retail and tax.

undergraduate degree, and have demonstrated strong team and leadership potential.

SJ Berwin thrives as a leading-edge legal services business, focusing on the European and international marketplace. The firm’s clients are sophisticated buyers of legal services, principally entrepreneurial companies and financial institutions, whom the firm advises on a comprehensive range of services including: corporate/M&A, commercial, communications

Slaughter and May is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high profile and groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list. The firm is organised into groups which undertake a general spread of work encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of corporate, commercial and financing matters as well as developing an expertise in specialist areas. Much of the work spans the globe with transactions involving not only the firm’s overseas

The firm welcomes applications from all disciplines. We want ambitious, commerciallyminded individuals who seek a high level of involvement from day one. Candidates must have a strong academic record, be on track for, or have achieved, a 2:1 or equivalent in their

offices but also leading independent law firms in other jurisdictions. There are approximately 75-80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. As well as training contracts we also offer work experience placements at Easter and during the summer for penultimate year students. We run an open day for first year law students in April each year and two-day workshops in December for law and non-law finalists and graduates. Full details can be found on our website.

There are 80 vacancies for vacation schemes in 2014. One week during Easter for final year law and non-law undergraduates and graduates and two weeks during for penultimate year law, final year non-law and graduates. There are also 30 vacancies for training contracts 2015/16.

Our method of application for training contracts and work experience placements is by way of our online system which can be accessed via our website.


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The LPC at Staffordshire Law School is rated ‘commendable’ in all six categories by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the highest grading that can be achieved. We offer the LPC in various study modes – fulltime study in two days, four half-days or one day and two evenings a week and part-time study one day a week or two evenings a week. The part-time courses are for two years which can be fast-tracked and completed in 18 months for suitable candidates.

The flexibility of our modes of study suits enables students who have work-related, family or financial commitments during the week. There are a broad range of electives which equally prepare students to practice in city commercial practices as well as high street practices. We have approximately 100 students on the full-time course allowing us to provide a supportive and approachable teaching environment and a strong system of pastoral care.

Stephenson Harwood is an international law firm with 120 partners and over 600 staff worldwide. We offer a breadth of services – including corporate, dispute resolution, employment, environment, finance, pensions, projects, property and tax advice – combined with deep expertise in sectors such as financial services, real estate, transportation and energy. We foster a collegiate approach with clients which delivers high levels of satisfaction, evidenced by our many long-standing relationships.

We are more than simply a city-based practice. Through our international network of offices and affiliates, we provide clients with quality resources and expert local knowledge in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Taylor Wessing offers a full-service to its clients providing a powerful source of legal support for commercial organisations doing business in Europe and the emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East. Our clients include large and medium size, private and public companies, financial institutions, professional service firms, public sector bodies and wealthy individuals. We offer industry-focused advice by grouping together lawyers from different legal areas with in-depth sector experience.

Our core industries include banking, construction, engineering, fashion, finance, healthcare, infrastructure, leisure, life sciences, media and entertainment, information technology and telecommunications and projects.

Locations include Beijing*, Berlin, Bratislava, Brno*, Brussels, Budapest, Cambridge, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kiev, Klagenfurt*, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Shanghai*, Singapore, Vienna and Warsaw. *Representative office


Our LPC tutors are all qualified solicitors and barristers. We also have a well-established proactive and forward thinking careers unit. You will have the opportunity to participate in the Law Clinic and a highly regarded mentoring scheme with local solicitors, geared towards supporting LPC students and their needs.

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Now in its ninth edition, The Lex 100 is the insider’s guide to the UK’s top law firms. Based on an in-depth survey of the views of trainees with the firms, rankings are produced across 10 categories including job satisfaction, stress levels and friendliness.

This practical and user-friendly guide is an invaluable resource for anyone considering a career as a solicitor.

The guide also includes a section packed with interview tips and information on how to start applying, and some helpful hints from leading recruiters on matters ranging from assessment days to getting the most out of law fairs.

At The University of Law you’ll get the best possible start to your legal career. We are the world’s leading professional law school and, with centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, London, Manchester and from September 2014, Leeds, we’re the first choice for aspiring solicitors or barristers looking for effective legal training. Our innovative courses are designed and taught by lawyers, with a clear focus on building the practical skills, commercial awareness and independent thinking you need to succeed in legal practice.

TLT is a top 100 UK law firm with 750 staff in offices in Bristol, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and Piraeus, and has been described by industry commentators as ‘the firm to watch’. TLT is a full-service law firm providing industry-focused services.

TLT provides specialist expertise in banking, commercial, finance, litigation, employment, IT, real estate and international trade. An independent guide to the UK legal profession, Chambers, rates 33 of TLT’s lawyers as ‘leaders in their field’.

The firm has leading strengths in the financial services and leisure sectors and in-depth experience in the retail, technology and media and built environment sectors.


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Travers Smith is an independent City firm with a major corporate and commercial practice, and a reputation for excellence in its chosen fields. The firm handles high profile, top quality work much of which has an international dimension. The main areas of our practice are corporate law, commercial law, intellectual property and technology, litigation, investment funds, financial services and markets, banking, corporate recovery, competition, tax, employment, pensions and real estate.

Vinson & Elkins is a leading Texas-based international law firm with more than 700 lawyers located in 16 cities across the globe. We have a wealth of experience working on projects for clients in almost every country on the map, and a heavy focus on, and a tradition of working in, the energy sector. We work in tandem with our clients, travelling wherever and whenever we are needed. We know what it takes to make deals work and to win cases.

Watson, Farley & Williams was founded in 1982 in the City of London. It has since grown rapidly to over 126 partners and a total staff of over 700. We have offices in London, New York, Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Athens, Piraeus, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Our international offices work together, a structure of particular benefit to international clients.


The firm also offers a range of pro bono opportunities within individual departments and on a firm-wide basis. We look for people who combine academic excellence with common sense; who are determined and articulate, who can think on their feet, and who take their work but not themselves seriously.

The firm has a comprehensive training programme which ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit in rooms with partners and associates, receive an individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and enjoy client contact and the responsibility that goes with it from the beginning of their training contract.

Applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates.

We have been in London for in excess of 40 years and the team there focuses on M&A, construction, project development, international arbitration and litigation, finance, and tax.

We offer vacation placements in the London office, which are viewed as key to our trainee recruitment process, and have a relatively small intake of four to five trainees a year, with great prospects of an international secondment.

The firm operates an award winning nonrotational training system with trainees working in all practice areas concurrently throughout their two years. The training is designed to provide variety, flexibility and responsibility from the start.

We have leading market positions in international finance and investment, maritime and energy. We also specialise in natural resources, transport, real estate and technology.

Our trainees benefit from a six seat programme allowing you to experience the variety of working in a broad number of practice groups with one seat being in an overseas office.

We emphasise gaining practical experience and learning to work as part of a team. As you progress and your competence and confidence grows, there will be opportunities to assume responsibility for specific areas of a transaction/ case.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, international legal services. With more than 1,300 lawyers throughout the US, Europe and Asia, the firm serves many of the most successful companies in the world in their high-stake matters and transactions.

Our key areas are private equity, business finance and restructuring, M&A, capital markets, finance, securitisation, dispute resolution, anti-trust/competition and tax. Our expertise covers most areas such as real estate, financial services, energy, telecommunications and technology.

The London office was established in 1996 and has grown to become the second largest of the firm’s 21 worldwide offices, with over 90 lawyers, the London office is the hub of the firm’s European practice.

Due to the international nature of our business, our lawyers are experienced in working closely with colleagues from other offices – this ensures a coordinated approach to providing effective legal solutions efficiently.

White & Case is a global law firm with 39 offices in 27 countries. We provide the full range of legal services of the highest quality in virtually every major commercial centre and emerging market. We work with international businesses, financial institutions and governments worldwide on corporate and financial transactions as well as dispute resolution proceedings.

offices for six months. Regardless of where the trainees are working, they will be closely supervised and will be involved in high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. We encourage trainees to take on early responsibility and provide practical hands-on training, with plenty of support and feedback.

Trainees are an integral part of White & Case and we take a great interest in developing their potential. We guarantee each trainee the opportunity to work in one of our overseas

Wilkin Chapman is a leading Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire law firm with 44 partners and 300 staff, offering the full range of legal services to private, corporate and publicly-funded clients. Trainee solicitors will be offered training contracts in 2014 to commence in 2016. Trainees undertake at least three seats over the two-year period in different departments/ branches, gaining experience in each field. They are quickly integrated into the team and contribute by managing their own files.

The closing date for our vacation placements is 31 January 2014 and for our training contracts 31 July 2014. However, you are encouraged to apply in advance of these dates for early consideration of your application.

If you would like to learn more about being a trainee, our vacation placements provide the ideal opportunity. They are designed to give you the chance to play an active part in the life and work of our London office.

Training contracts are offered in various departments at the Lincoln, Beverley or Grimsby offices. The firm is an Investor in People and trainees attend all internal training. Traineeships with Wilkin Chapman offer exceptional scope for both progression and development.


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Withers LLP is a leading international law firm dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their families, businesses and advisers. The firm’s mission is to offer a truly integrated legal service to people with sophisticated global wealth, management and business needs. The wealth of today’s private client has increased in multiples and many are institutions in their own right. With our merger in 2002 we have been able to respond to these changing legal needs and offer integrated solutions to the international

Wragge & Co is a UK-headquartered international law firm providing a full service to clients worldwide. As of 31 January 2013, the firm has 118 partners, supported by more than 1,000 people in offices in Birmingham, Brussels, Guangzhou, London, Munich, as well as affiliated offices in the United Arab Emirates and Paris.

legal and tax needs of our clients. With 110 partners and over 750 people in London, Milan, Padua, Geneva, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, New Haven (Connecticut), Greenwich (USA) and the BVI we have unparalleled expertise in commercial and tax law, trusts, estate planning, litigation, charities, employment, family law and other legal issues facing high net worth individuals.

Committed to delivering first-class legal advice and a partner-led service, Wragge & Co is well known for its technical excellence, creative thinking and single team approach. Its broad client base spans everything from FTSE 100 and 250 companies and multinational corporations to financial institutions and hundreds of public sector organisations.


Withers’ reputation in commercial law along with its status as the largest private client team in Europe and leading family team sets it apart from other City firms.

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