Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP is recognised as a leading national law firm, offering a full range of commercial legal services. We are recommended in 24 specialist practice areas by leading legal directories and have received widespread awards recognition. Over the years we have been named and shortlisted Best Recruiter and Best Trainer - Medium Regional Law Firm in the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.

From the outset, our trainees get first class experience of the business world. We advise a number of the top 100 and other UK FTSE companies, as well as many other substantial international groups, owner managed businesses and SMEs. As such, the work we carry out is both interesting and challenging and often equal to work handled by City firms.

Based in Guildford, our single office approach ensures excellent communication and efficient co-ordination of our resources. We provide commercial legal services both nationally and internationally, with unswerving focus on quality. The range, profile and expectations of our clients, the practice areas we specialise in and the experience of our team are important factors in this. Our clients' satisfaction is the only true measure of our success.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do; the quality of our lawyers is central to our success, as is our commitment to quality and continuous improvement. We offer the opportunity for a rewarding, long-term career fuelled by continuing professional and personal development.

We are committed to being a responsible business. We participate in a wide range of charity and community initiatives, and have full regard to the importance of minimising our impact on the environment.

Trainee profile

We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background, with at least 340 UCAS points and one grade A at A level, who have achieved (or expect to achieve) a 2.1 degree or higher (unless there are exceptional circumstances).  Essential qualities include: excellent communication skills, drive and ambition, intelligence, attention to detail, business interest and genuine enthusiasm for wanting to be a lawyer and to work at Stevens & Bolton.

Training environment

We know that careers are built over time and we firmly believe that every working day should provide a wealth of opportunity to enhance knowledge and understanding. Our trainees have genuine responsibility and experience of dealing with clients – and are made to feel part of the team from day one.

We are dedicated to encouraging continuous professional and personal development, delivered in a variety of ways to give our trainees the best chance to become rounded, assured and respected professionals. We offer the opportunity for a rewarding, long-term career.

At Stevens & Bolton there are regular departmental social events, and we have drinks for all staff every month. We also run other social and client events which include opportunities to get involved in sporting activities. In addition we have trainee dinners for both current and future trainees.

Please see our Training Contracts 2019 profile and website for further information. Applications should be made by completing our online application form which is available from our website from 1 December 2016 to 31 July 2017.


We offer a very competitive starting salary of £32,000 and a comprehensive benefits package.

Sponsorship & awards

We pay the fees for the CPE/GDL and LPC at the level set by the College of Law Guildford, and a maintenance grant for each course of study. Any future trainees who are yet to take their LPC or the GDL are usually required to attend the College of Law Guildford.

Vacation placements

We run two programmes each year in spring and in summer of one week duration. Please see our Vacation Placements 2017 profile and website for further information. Applications should be made by completing our online application form which is available from our website from 1 December 2016 to 31 January 2017.

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