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About Addleshaw Goddard

We are a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality is built upon long-term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets. This, together with our high-calibre expertise, straight-talking advice and collaborative team culture, means we are here for our clients, whenever and however they need us; from everyday queries to high-value strategic advice, we are proud of the consistently excellent, relevant and focussed service our people provide.

We are also proud to be an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner, which recognises our pioneering approach to legal services. We call it our Intelligent Delivery approach, because it brings more efficiency, and more value, to our clients. 

All professions need to change with the times. And we always consider what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow. We are constantly working on innovative ways for our staff to learn, develop and train. 

Join us, and wherever you are based, you will work side-by-side with blue chip clients in a supportive-yet-challenging environment. This is a structured training programme, and it is designed with your future success in mind.

Main areas of work

We have a broad client portfolio, which is testament to the strength and expertise of our people. It includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals.

We are a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies and a market leader across:

  • • corporate, commercial, finance and project, real estate and litigation business divisions;
  • • specialist fields such as private capital;
  • • energy, financial services, health and life sciences, real estate, retail and consumer, and transport sectors.

Training Contract

We are more than just exceptional lawyers here. We attract sparkling people from all backgrounds, who bring their own unique qualities, along with a collaborative approach, professional drive and a commitment to every client’s  success. This is just one of the reasons we’re sure you will enjoy working with us.

As a trainee, important cases will come your way from the get-go. You will work on everything from multi-million-pound deals to high-profile fraud cases, employment disputes to complex technology contracts. Our success is intrinsically linked to yours, so we’ll always have your back and help you realise your potential.

Training contracts are four seats long, with opportunities to spend time in another of our offices as well as on secondment with clients. During each six-month seat, you will have regular two-way performance reviews with your supervising partner or solicitor. He or she will help you develop the skills you need to deal with the demanding work you will come across every day. 

As well as learning on the job, you will also have access to high-quality in-house and external training, a buddy scheme in your first seat, and a mentor throughout your training contract and beyond.

  • • Training contract applications open: 1 April 2020 
  • • Training contract deadline, 2022 start: 31 July 2020

Vacation Scheme

We offer week-long Easter work placements in Edinburgh and London, and two-week summer work placements in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. And because everyone is an individual, we make sure each placement is a valuable experience for each individual student.

While you are here, you will get to know the everyday life of an Addleshaw Goddard trainee. You will be allocated a department to sit in and, if you are part of the summer scheme, will swap into a new department in your second week. You will be supervised by an experienced solicitor, who will welcome you to the department and allocate work. A trainee buddy will be on hand to help throughout your placement.

This is a scheme as unique as you are. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, you will attend social events with a range of people across the office. It’s a real chance to get to know our people and our culture. We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students, so we’d encourage you to apply.

  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2019
  • Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: 5 January 2020

Salary & Benefits

First year salary

 £40,000 (London); £27,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £23,500 Scotland

Second year salary

 £43,000 (London); £29,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £26,000 Scotland

 Post qualification salary

 £75,000 (London); £45,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £42,000 Scotland

GDL and LPC fees are paid, plus a maintenance grant.

We provide all trainees with a substantial and competitive range of benefits. These include:

  • Dental cover
  • Gym allowance
  • Season ticket loan
  • Interest free loan
  • Bonus scheme
  • Group pension membership with matched contributions at 3-5% 
  • Life assurance 
  • Permanent health insurance 
  • Private medical insurance 
  • Employee assistance programme 
  • Sabbatical leave and flexible working 
  • Critical illness insurance cover 
  • Childcare vouchers 
  • Sell holiday scheme. Once you’re qualified you can also buy up to five days’ extra holiday a year, increasing your annual holiday entitlement from 25 to 30 days.


We require ABB at A level and a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent). But what will really open doors to an outstanding career here is the real you. At Addleshaw Goddard, we’re looking for original minds and collaborative spirits  alongside motivation, drive and commercial awareness. We’re constantly delighted by the diverse backgrounds of our best lawyers, and we’re open to law and non-law graduates alike, as well as those looking to change career. 


  • Training contract applications open: 1 April 2020 
  • Training contract deadline, 2022 start: 31 July 2020
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2019
  • Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: 5 January 2020
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    The facts

    Organisation's locations: 
    Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester
    Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
    Training contract: 46 Vacation scheme: 70

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