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About Travers Smith LLP

It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.

We act for publicly listed and private companies, financial services and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.

Our clients know that wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done and they know that we do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.

Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our legal teams, but right across our firm where we welcome diversity of thought and views from everyone. This is our difference and we are proud of it.

What we do

Our business comprises the following main practice areas: Commercial, IP & Technology, Competition, Corporate M&A and Equity Capital Markets, Derivatives & Structured Products, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Finance, Financial Services & Markets, Investment Funds, Incentives & Remuneration, Operational Risk & Environment, Pensions, Private Equity & Financial Sponsors, Real Estate, and Tax.

Training contract

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.

Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients.  This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.

Vacation schemes

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.

Salary and Benefits

First year: £46,500

Second year: £52,000

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, subsidised gym membership and season ticket loan.


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; who are self-motivated and have a healthy sense of humour.


Training contract - September 2023 and March 2024

Apply online through cvMail via our website for a training contract commencing in either September 2023 or March 2024. The training contract is a two stage process. Your first interview will be with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you. If you are selected to attend a second interview this will be held with two partners at our London office. Following your interview, a trainee will give you a tour of our offices, which gives you the chance to meet more partners, associates, trainees and other members of the firm.

Winter vacation scheme 2020

Apply online. We accept applications from 1 October 2020 and will allocate on a rolling basis.

Summer vacation scheme 2021

Apply online. Applications open on 1 October 2020 and the deadline is 17 January 2021.

Recent work

  • International Literary Properties on its major acquisition deal of 12 literary estates
  • S4Capital plc on the merger of its programmatic media practice, MightyHive, with Digodat 
  • the administrators of noted homeware and fashion retailer Laura Ashley on the sale of its brand to US restructuring and investment firm Gordon Brothers
  • long-standing client Carpetright plc on its recommended cash acquisition by Meditor Holdings Limited
  • Auto Trader Group plc on the acquisition of KeeResources Limited. 
  • Rothesay Life PLC in connection with the £3.8 billion buy-in of the Asda Group Pension Scheme
  • on a number of recent high-profile retail and leisure CVAs, including Carpetright, Carluccio's, House of Fraser, Gaucho, Powerleague Fives and Debenhams.
  • Hewlett Packard in relation to fraud claims amounting to US$5 billion, with parallel criminal proceedings in the US, arising out of the US$11 billion acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc in late 2011

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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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
London and Paris
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
Training Contract: 25, Vacation Scheme: 60

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