Simmons & Simmons

Firm profile

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our vision is to continue to be a leading global law firm through our sector focus, which is underpinned by our ambition to provide our clients with high quality advice and deliver value through new ways of working. 

Main areas of work

From our offices in major business and financial centres, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These priority sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate; competition & regulatory; dispute resolution; employment, pensions & employee benefits; financial markets; information, communications & technology; intellectual property; projects; real estate and tax.  We also focus on the energy and infrastructure market, in particular through our international projects and construction teams. 

Trainee profile

We're looking for trainees who have great intellectual abilities, but who can also show that they have initiative and drive.  So, while we're interested in your academic successes, we also want to see your potential.  That's why are assessment process focuses on the raw skills you have now, not just on what you have achieved. 

Training environment

We offer training contract opportunities in our London and Bristol offices open to law and non-law students and graduates. Through our innovative Trainee Skills Academy, you'll get access to the best training and support across a broad range of essential skills, such as client, commercial, people and technical. During the training contract, you'll complete four six month seats in different practice areas ensuring you will have a broad legal experience and a balanced, integrated approach to gaining the knowledge, expertise and abilities you will need to qualify in the practice area of your choice.

Vacation placements

Our paid internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career with us.  Your placement in our London or Bristol office will give you first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions we work on.

Winter vacation scheme, London: one week scheme aimed specifically at all final year students and graduates. Applications open 01 October 2016.

Spring insight scheme, London: two day workshop, for first year law and non-law students and penulitmate year law students.  Applications open 01 January 2017.

Summer vacation scheme, Bristol and London: In London, our two week scheme is open to penultimate year law and non-law students, final year students and graduates. In Bristol, the scheme is one week and open to penultimate year law students, final year students and graduates. Applications open 15 October 2016.

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

Please note, we fill our roles on a first come first served basis.  We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

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