Nabarro LLP

Nabarro is a leading international law firm with offices in London, Brussels, Dubai, Manchester, Sheffield and Singapore. We are an ambitious firm with over 100 partners leading more than 300 lawyers, offering a broad range of legal services to major national and international clients.  

The Broadlaw Group is our alliance of five leading firms: GSK Stockmann + Kollegen in Germany, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés in France, Nunziante Magrone in Italy and Roca Junyent in Spain. Together we represent over 1,000 lawyers in 30 cities across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Our trainees are based in our London or Sheffield office and undertake six four-month seats, ensuring exposure to the firm's core practice areas and sectors.

Main areas of work:

The firm focuses on four key sectors: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Technology. Main areas of work include banking and finance, corporate, real estate, pensions and employment, funds and indirect real assets, IP/IT, dispute resolution, planning and environmental law, infrastructure, construction and energy. 

Our work includes complex financing and corporate agreements; property acquisitions and portfolio management; handling intellectual property rights; conducting high profile commercial litigation and personal injury cases; and construction and engineering projects around the world.

Who should apply:

You will be required to demonstrate strong academic achievement, commercial awareness, excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications are welcomed from law and non-law students and we are committed to making the most of diverse skills, expertise and experience. Accordingly there is no typical Nabarro Trainee and we aim to recruit from a wide range of universities.

Training Programme:

Trainees will undertake six four-month seats to ensure maximum exposure to the firm's core practice areas (business advisory, real estate and dispute resolution). Trainees have the opportunity to gain further experience by spending time in specialist areas (e.g. pensions, IP/IT, tax, employment), possibly in our Brussels office, or on secondment to a client. Trainees usually return to the seat they wish to qualify into for the remaining four months of training. This ensures a smooth transition from trainee to qualified solicitor.

We recruit all of our trainees from our vacation schemes. Our schemes are designed to ensure you gain a clear insight into our business, the type of work you can expect and the kind of people you'll be working with. You will spend the duration of the scheme in one department, allowing you to grow in confidence, obtain 'real' work and build relationships within your team. 

We are completely committed to supporting and training our trainees. Once you have accepted a training contract with the firm we will assign you a buddy (a current trainee) who will be a point of contact and will help you to feel a part of the firm. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor, who will be a partner, when they commence their training contract. The mentor will be there to assist and support the trainee during the two years.

We have a career development plan in place so that you will have a structured career path from trainee to partner. We view our trainees as our partners of the future and aim to retain all our trainees on qualification.

Work placements:

We offer up to 55 vacation scheme places firm wide each year. The vacation scheme is designed to ensure you gain a clear insight into our business, the type of work you can expect and the kind of people you'll be working with. As a vacation scheme student you are treated as a potential trainee. You will spend the duration of the scheme (3 weeks) in one department allowing you to grow in confidence, obtain 'real' work and build relationships within your team. You will also take part in numerous social events and meet staff from around the firm. We recruit all of our trainees from our vacation schemes.

Applications for our 2017 vacation schemes open on 1 October 2016. Applicants should apply online.

Quotes from our 2016 summer students: 

“The three week vacation scheme gave me an informed understanding of Nabarro as a firm, including its culture, practices and opportunities. I acquired this knowledge through valuable experience rather than someone telling me, which made it all that more real.”

“Having sat next to a trainee in the office for the last three weeks I now feel I have an excellent understanding of what the role entails. Also the work I have been given so far is representative of a trainee’s role as I've been involved in live transactions from day one.”

“What really struck me is how much everyone at the firm has taken an interest in us throughout the scheme, and has made us feel like we are already part of the firm”

“I think the Vac Scheme has been fantastically organised, it has been a really positive experience where I've been able to develop my skills and grow in confidence.”

“I found the Vacation Scheme to be extremely useful in helping to cement my future career ambitions. Everyone was extremely friendly and approachable, and I was made to feel part of the team at all times.”

“The vacation scheme at Nabarro was a great mixture of challenging work, meeting lots of great people and brilliant social events.”


Diversity matters to us both in terms of human dignity and our long-term business success. We strive to be an outstanding employer and a destination of choice for talented people and our policy on diversity helps us achieve this. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of employment, including recruitment, development, performance and promotion. We aim to treat all staff fairly, with respect and consideration in line with our core values. 

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