Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.

Your Training Contract

Your legal training begins with a thorough induction and Professional Skills Course – but that’s where the hand-holding ends. As a Dentons trainee you’ll be given all the responsibility you can handle, including running parts of cases and meeting with clients.

The supportive team around you will include a dedicated supervisor, a trainee partner and our trainee representatives, who’ll ensure you can communicate your views and ideas.

London: You’ll spend six months in four of our seven legal departments. One of your seats will be in Banking and Finance and one will be a contentious seat (or you may attend an external litigation course). You may also have the opportunity to work in one of our international offices or with one of our clients.

Milton Keynes and Watford: With seats available in Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Property Litigation, Financial Litigation, Construction and Employment, you’ll gain broad commercial law experience with a contentious focus. You must complete one non-contentious transactional seat and one contentious seat.

Middle East: We’re the largest foreign legal practice in the region. We’d like to hear from nationals of GCC countries interested in training in both our London and our Middle East offices. After qualifying, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a position in one of our Middle East offices.

What We Offer

Train with us and we'll gladly recognise your value. You'll earn a competitive salary of £40,000 for first year London trainees, rising to £44,000 in the second year and £65,000 upon qualification. In Milton Keynes first year trainees earn £28,500, rising to £30,000 in the second year and £44,000 upon qualification.

We'll also pay your GDL/LPC law school fees during actual years of study, as well as study maintenance grants of £5,000 per year of study (£6,000 in London) during actual years of study. Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse fees for those who have already completed the GDL/LPC.

On top of that during your training contract you'll enjoy numerous benefits – and you'll get to choose the ones that best fit your lifestyle, from the option to buy or sell holiday, private health cover, income protection insurance, subsidised gym membership, pension and many others.

What We Look For

There's no typical candidate for our training contract programme. The expertise within our firm is as diverse as the needs of our global clients – and we want to keep it that way. We look for people with a wide range of skills, aptitudes and personalities, with the potential to contribute to our growing success.

Being a team player is important as is having the drive and ambition to succeed in a highly demanding work environment.

We need to see a strong record of academic and extra-curricular achievement. We accept degrees in any discipline (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) and we look for a minimum of ABB at "A" level.


We offer fortnight-long vacation schemes in London during the Easter and summer vacations and in Milton Keynes & Watford during the summer vacation.  

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.

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