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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

About Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick is a leading international law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in over 25 offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Orrick has earned a global reputation advising both established and emerging companies, banks and international financial institutions. Much of Orrick's client work involves cross-border transactions or projects in the tech, finance and energy sectors, as well as dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas; this global focus requires close coordination between London and Orrick's overseas offices. Our clients include leading investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, multinational and national corporate, and emerging companies.

We are recognised worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-orientated legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Working at Orrick you will be part of a truly international team and benefit from its core values of collegiality, integrity, excellence, enthusiasm and respect for individuality. From the first day of your career you will be a valued member of our team. We will support your learning through a steadfast focus on training and mentoring, which will provide you with the right foundation for building your career.

Orrick has been named one of the Fortune '100 Best Companies to Work For' for the fourth year in a row and is one of only a few law firms to make the 2019 list. This is alongside being featured for the sixth year in a row on the American Lawyer's 2018 A-List, for the most well-rounded, elite firms. Orrick has also been named one of 'Women in Law Empowerment Forum's Gold standard firm' for its sixth consecutive year. The 2019 edition of directory Chambers Global recognises Orrick for leadership across over 40 practice areas in markets around the world. The London office was also recently recognised for our contribitions towards Pro Bono with two Orrick projects winning awards at the Law Works Pro Bono Awards 2019.

The firm has an extensive diversity initiative that has received recognition from Human Rights Campaign Foundation (100% on the Corporate Equality Index for 10 years), Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, and The American Lawyer (ranked 16 for overall diversity).

Orrick's pro bono programme offers the firm's resources, both time and money, to those in our communities who would not otherwise be able to afford access to legal services, education or the arts. The firm provides pro-bono support to various social enterprises including Accion International, Policy in Practice and Resurgo Spear. We also deliver pro-bono services with LawWorks and Advocates for International Development, and we support aspiring democracies in the Middle East through our work with the Public International Law & Policy Group.

If you set your standards high, have a strong work ethic and are a bright, talented graduate of any discipline looking for a firm offering a broad-based training contract, then Orrick could be for you.

Applicants should have at least three A-level passes at grades A and B and a 2.1 degree.

Orrick is a firm for those looking for a high level of responsibility from day one. We value team players and reward collaboration over competition. We aim to give individuals the opportunity to flourish in a lively and supportive work environment and encourage interaction among lawyers across international offices at every level of experience within the firm. We support learning through a steadfast focus on training and a mentoring programme that will provide trainees with the right foundation for building their legal career and for working with clients. A genuine open door policy means trainees work closely with partners and of counsel as well as associates to gain practical experience in research, drafting, procedural and client-related skills.

Our two-year training programme is made up of six four-month seats with regular appraisals throughout. Our dedicated trainee partner oversees the supervision and management of our trainees. There are regular training sessions on legal and soft skills to enhance your development as a lawyer. Our extensive training programme is provided by in-house experts, clients and specialist professionals. Trainees undertake the Professional Skills Course during their induction programme.

Our training contract and open day applications will open from 12 October 2019, and you can apply online via our website. Our training contract applications will close on 28 May 2020. We will be holding open days in the spring of 2020. Applications for these will close on 31 January 2020.

The open days in the spring of 2020 provide a good opportunity to see the London office of a US law firm in action. Applicants spend the day learning more about the firm and the work on offer in the London office as well as participating in a business game designed to give a flavour of the work of a City lawyer. Further details can be found on our website.

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