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Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons

Scratch the surface of Simmons & Simmons and you’ll discover a leading law firm of over 1,600 people, offering legal advice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We work with our clients across four key sectors and provide a range of services to help them navigate all kinds of legal challenges, from buying and selling national chain stores to patenting the latest technology. We work in the areas that matter the most to everyone’s future, from Healthcare and Life Sciences to Technology, Media and Telecommunications. So whatever you do, wherever you go, you’ll see developments we’ve been involved in. All you need to do is look, and you’ll uncover the world of law and the world of Simmons & Simmons. 

Trainee profile/who we are looking for

We’re looking for perceptive, ambitious future lawyers. You see the finer detail - the intricate legal framework that powers and shapes our everyday - and you’ve got the drive to be part of it. We are looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.

Training environment/About the trainee programme

Our training contracts are offered in both London and Bristol, and either way, you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation we’re known for. As well as moving through four six-month seats across our sectors, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning, mentoring and online tools. Our teams will teach you everything they know about the world of law, and you’ll find your niche in the process, qualifying into your choice of practice area. 

Ideally placed to build a long-term career, our trainees in Bristol uncover a world of high-end clients and gain immediate exposure to complex challenges. Over four six-month seats, with the possibility of client or international secondment, you’ll build an impressive legal career that comes with one of the most competitive starting salaries in the market. What’s more, you’ll do it all within the city that topped the Sunday Times Best Place to Live Guide 2017. Integrated with our wider UK team, you’ll spend a year studying the LPC alongside our London intake at BPP in London, before returning to Bristol to start your training contract. 

Vacation placements

Get right to the heart of life as a trainee lawyer on our vacation schemes. Over one or two weeks in either Bristol or London, you’ll experience the work, the reach and the day-to-day buzz of our international firm. In short, it’s the chance for us to get to know each other on a deeper level. That’s why it’s also the best route to a training contract with us, with many vacation schemers returning as trainees. 

  • Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 01 October 2018.

  • Spring insight scheme (London): A two-day workshop for first year students of all disciplines, as well as penultimate year non-law students. Applications open 15 January 2019.

  • Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2018.

  • Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A one-week scheme open to penultimate year law students and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2018.

A series of open days are also available in London and Bristol to all students and graduates, running throughout the year.


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