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Simmons & Simmons

Evolve- Legal Technology Placement

The world of law is evolving at a fast pace and we want to develop young talent to keep us at the forefront of our industry. With the support of our lawyers and innovation team on our ‘Evolve’ placement year, you’ll explore new technologies available to law firms, how we can evolve as a firm to embed them in our business and gain exposure to some of the most visionary companies who we call our clients. An inquisitive mind and an interest in a legal career are a must for this unique opportunity. 

Purpose: Aimed at law or non-law students interested in a career in law, this placement combines legal work experience and exposure to the innovative and technological developments at the heart of our business. 

This is an opportunity for students with an inquisitive mind to put their interest in law, technology, software development and innovation into practice in a leading international law firm. 

The wealth of skills and experience gained will be invaluable in your development towards becoming a lawyer. Students will be evaluated on their suitability for a legal training contract throughout the placement and if they meet the required benchmark will be offered a legal training contract on completion of the programme. 

Main Duties & Responsibilities 

The placement with be made up of two rotations where students will spend time in both the Innovation & Business Change Department and the FinTech team.

Our Innovation & Business Change department operates across the firm and comprises two mutually supporting teams – Innovation & New Business and Service Excellence. The department’s purpose is to support the Managing Partner and International Executive Committee in the efficient and effective delivery of the firm’s strategy – specifically with respect to developing new digital products and services and improving service delivery, including through the application of new/emerging technologies. 

Our market leading FinTech team advises clients operating across the FinTech sector, from start-ups to some of the biggest names in the industry. We also advise businesses partnering with or investing in FinTech firms as well as financial institutions and asset managers developing their own FinTech products and services. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Market research projects
  • Helping to assess new and existing technologies and offerings and their potential to support the firm’s strategy (e.g. ML/NLP, DLT, RPA, document automation, expert systems)
  • Creativity and idea generation and management
  • Supporting the Innovation & New Business Team – product development and product management 
  • Support event planning and implementation related to FinTech or Innovation & Business Change.
  • Legal research tasks

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