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Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.

Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds.  It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.

A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen quality overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and very demanding standards.

Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.

Above all else, Travers Smith is a collaborative firm.  We treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for clients.  This has led to a climate of shared knowledge and goals, supported by a friendly, engaging team spirit.

What we do

The main areas of our practice are commercial (including IP and IT), competition, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, finance, financial services & markets, incentives and remuneration, operational risk & environment, pensions, real estate, restructuring & insolvency and tax.

Trainee profile

AAB and on track for a 2:1. A law degree is not a necessity – just over half the trainees who joined last year came from a non-law background.

We’ll give you responsibility from day one – you will quickly find yourself on the phone to clients, in meetings and handling your own work with all the guidance you need. As such the firm looks for people who can combine academic excellence with plain common sense; who are determined, articulate and able to think on their feet, and who take their work but not themselves seriously. 

Training Programme

The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one. 

During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist departments.  Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.

Work placements

To give you a taste of life at Travers Smith, we run a number of two-week vacation schemes in the Summer and one in Christmas.

The Summer schemes are designed primarily for law graduates and penultimate year law undergraduates, whereas our Christmas scheme is primarily for non-law graduates and final year non-law undergraduates.

The vacation schemes are a chance for us to get to know each other, so working lunches, workshops and after-work events will be as important as the legal work you'll be doing. You’ll also meet our current trainees who will give you an honest account of what it's like to practise law and what we're like as a firm.

Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees.

The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a City tour, plenty of social activities including softball and the option to be involved in sporting activities such as mixed hockey, netball and football. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.

When and how to apply

Apply online through cvMail via our website for a training contract commencing in either September 2021 or March 2022. Applications open on 1 October 2018 and the deadline is 31 July 2019.

Once you've applied for a training contract, if you are selected for interview, this will be held at our London office with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you.

If you are asked to attend a second interview, this will be with two graduate recruitment partners.  After your second interview a trainee will show you around the office and give you the chance to meet more partners, associates and trainees in the firm. 

Salary and Benefits

First year: £45,000

Second year: £50,500

Post-qualification: £78,500

Benefits include private medical and permanent health insurance, life assurance, health screening programme, onsite physiotherapy, dental insurance, pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, subsidised café/restaurant, gym membership and season ticket loan.

Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility 

Our market leading Diversity and CSR Programmes are bold, exciting and ever expanding. Creating an inclusive workplace where people can be themselves and reach their full potential is a key business priority for Travers Smith. Our focus on diversity and social responsibility is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities. 

Strategic partnerships

We have developed partnerships with other external networks and organisations aimed at promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect in industry and in the wider community, including; City Parents, Educating Matters, Stonewall, The Women's Sport Trust, InterLaw, myGwork, City Horizons, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment, and JustLikeUs. 

Working with local communities

We are committed to working with our local communities: developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups, and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession. Highlights of our work include:

- Lawyers in Schools Programme 

- Prime work experience 

- Reading Partners

- BEE Financial Literacy 

- Prospects 

Pro bono

Our award winning pro bono programme is designed to give individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, the opportunity to access levels of legal advice that would not normally be obtainable. Highlights include: 

- Refugees at Home

- Stonewall

- Giving Time

- Legal Advice Centres 

- A4ID 

- Brighter Futures Zambia 

CSR Art Programme

The Art Programme is at the heart of our Corporate Social Responsibility work and underlines our CSR commitment from the moment someone steps into our offices. Delivered in partnership with The University of Westminster and The Royal College of Art, with support from Serpentine Galleries, our Art Programme supports emerging artists with the transition from student life to professional practice.

 

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