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It takes all kinds of smart. We’re looking for tomorrow’s lawyers with razor-sharp skills, a hunger to learn and the enthusiasm to get stuck in.

Alongside being technically brilliant, we expect more from our lawyers including our trainees.  We recognise the need to be human in our approach so emotional intelligence is key.  This alongside, a positive can-do approach and thinking about the wider picture will set you in good stead to apply for our Training Contract and Placement Scheme opportunities.

For both our Training Contracts and Placement Schemes, you’ll submit an application form through our Apply 4 Law portal. We look for candidates to achieve a minimum of a 2.1 in their degree as well as showcase their other key attributes, such as teamwork, communication skills. If you have mitigating circumstances, we encourage you to add details of these so we can take this into account when reviewing your application.

If you are successful, you’ll be invited to complete a video interview where you’ll see the question appear on your screen and be given time to prepare before recording your answer. Here we want to see more of your individual personality and why you’re keen to join us. We also want to understand your broader commercial acumen and international outlook.

Our assessment centre includes a face-to-face interview and other exercises which are designed to assess our identified performance criteria. People come to us from a variety of backgrounds and degree disciplines, with a range of views that combine to give us our distinctive perspective on the law – our assessment centre is designed for you to showcase your best self and also for you to get to know us in return.

We are able to make adjustments for those who require it so encourage you to get in touch with our Early Talent team if you think this might apply. It’s important to us that you have the right arrangements to perform at your best, so if you aren’t sure it’s always best to ask and we are happy to help.

For help on how to succeed at each of our recruitment stages, read our tips for success.

If you have any queries that you would like to raise with our Early Talent team, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.

Please remember that we usually recruit two years in advance and you must be eligible to start your training contract in the appropriate year we are recruiting for, i.e. at least in your penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree. If you aren’t eligible to apply for a training contract or placement scheme, why not apply for an open day – find out more information here.


Applications for our 2023 Placement Scheme and 2025 Training Contracts have now closed. Applications will reopen in October.

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Tips for success

Tips for success

These tips are designed to prepare you for what is involved in the process and to help you stand out from the crowd.

Open Days

Open Days

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  • Legal 500 - International secondments winner
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  • Chambers Student 2023
  • AAL Awards 2022 - Best Vacation scheme
  • AAL Awards 2022 - Best First Year Opportunities
  • AAL Awards 2022 - Most Sustainable Recruitment Campaign
  • AAL Awards 2022 - Best Access to Lawyers

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