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Training contracts

Your full-time training begins

Start as a trainee; qualify as an associate. This is the biggest step in your graduate legal career: a fully-paid law qualification, then two years of training, split into four blocks of six-month seats. Two will be in our core areas – banking and corporate – but the rest is up for grabs. You might even work abroad or in a client office for six months. Your progress is up to you.

Salary and benefits

First year: £48,000

Second year: £52,000

On qualification: £87,500

  • private medical insurance
  • private GP service and dental care
  • personal pension plan
  • income protection
  • life assurance
  • 25 days’ annual holiday
  • interest free season ticket loan
  • employee assistance programme
  • car and bike-to-work scheme
  • mortgage advisory service
  • dedicated on-site counsellor
  • mental health first aid officers

Who can apply?

Whether you’re a penultimate-year law student, or a finalist or graduate of any discipline, you’ll need to have:

  • at least a 2:1 (or equivalent),
  • or be on your way to getting one and AAB at A level (or equivalent)

Before you start

Before you begin your contract, we’ll pay for you to take the legal training courses needed to become a lawyer. Currently in England and Wales, all trainee lawyers with a law degree take the Legal Practice Course (LPC); while those with a non-law degree study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (LPC). This will change from 2021 with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) which everyone will take. However, if you start a law degree, LPC or GDL before September 2021, you’ll still be able to qualify via the traditional route and we’ll support you throughout – paying all tuition fees and giving you a maintenance grant.

Your training contract timeline

1 Begin SQE GDL/LPC

Taking about a year, you’ll study at law school with funding from us.

2 First seat

Here’s where you join us for real, in your first practice area, lasting six months.

3 Second seat

Another six months where you’ll move to sectors new – or even explore new countries.

4 Third seat

A third new area? Or maybe a secondment? There’s a lot to explore here.

5 Fourth seat

Working in your final sector or secondment, you’ll plan for the future too.

6 Qualification

The next stage of your development begins, as a newly qualified lawyer.

The work you’ll do

You know the structure, but what will you actually do each day? Discover what you’ll work on, from documents to exceptional deals, to pro bono and corporate responsibility.

Our people

Get the inside story on life in our firm from people who’ve come from different backgrounds, have joined us with different aspirations and who’ve followed different paths.

Going on secondment

Wherever possible, we encourage trainees to do at least one seat on secondment; six months spent either overseas with our firm or in a client office. It’s a leap into the unknown – with flights, accommodation and language lessons paid by us. Here’s how our trainees found it:

Discover Tokyo with Charlotte

Support and development

We won’t just throw you in the deep end and leave you to it. We’ll guide and encourage you in new achievements every day. Here’s how:

  • Trainee buddy
  • Partner mentor
  • Seat-specific practice area training
  • Day-to-day associate support
  • Trainee development team

Our mentors and supporters

“The formal channels for support here are great. My partner mentor was a partner for over twenty years, and he gave me great advice on qualification.”
- LAURENCE, ASSOCIATE AND FORMER TRAINEE

“There’s lots of formal mentoring – and informal too. I bumped into a partner in my first week and she chatted with me for half an hour. People check in on you.”
- DOMINICA, THIRD-SEAT TRAINEE

“My partner mentor is actually managing partner of the firm – but he’s so approachable. He has an open door policy if I have any problems.”
- TONG, THIRD-SEAT TRAINEE

“The senior associate I sit with is brilliant at feedback in the moment: she’ll explain things and she doesn’t expect me to know everything.”
- CHANDNI, THIRD-SEAT TRAINEE

Your future: qualification and beyond

1 Trainee

Make the most of your two years and discover the interests and areas you love.

2 Associate

Excel in your training contract and you’ll qualify into your choice of area as an associate.

3 Senior associate

You’re growing your business acumen and client relationships – and nurturing those around you too.

4 Partner

A strong leader with an established client base, you’ll guide your team – and our firm.

How to apply

Visit our apply page to learn more