City law for ethnic minorities

Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.

It has made us a leader in the world of dynamic growth and family businesses, and among the world’s leading creators and owners of private wealth and their families. Major corporates and institutions find our more considered and personal approach a refreshing alternative to conventional business law firms.

Our training contract

Our two-year training contract is divided into four seats, giving trainees the opportunity to experience a range of different practice areas before qualification. Before each seat rotation you’ll be asked which areas you are interested in working in and we will try to accommodate your preferences as much as we can.

For each seat you’ll be assigned a dedicated supervisor who will work with you to ensure that you continue to receive a broad range of quality work and that you are developing the required skills and knowledge as you progress through your seats. As well as on-going feedback, you’ll receive mid and end of seat reviews where you can formally discuss your development. You’ll also be allocated a mentor who will be there to support and guide you through your training contract.

At Charles Russell Speechlys we are proud of the unique training environment that we can offer to our trainees. From day one you will be involved in high level work, learning the Charles Russell Speechlys way of understanding and adapting to the needs of our clients. As one of only a small intake of trainees each year, you will need to be ready for real work and supervised client contact from the very start.

Get involved

As a trainee you are encouraged to get involved in a range of Corporate Social Responsibility activities. We take pride in the fact we have a long history of involvement with community activities, including pro bono, volunteering, charitable endeavours and environmental awareness.

There is also strong support for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the firm. The large diversity and inclusion committee, comprising partners, associates, trainees and support staff, is divided into a number of interest groups, including gender, LGBT, disability, religion and belief and ethnicity. Each subgroup meets regularly and is mandated to review and propose firm wide policies, communications and events.

You can also get involved through our sports and social committee. We have a number of sports teams across all of our offices including netball, hockey and football. The committee also organise a number of social events throughout the year including our legendary Christmas party.

Robots need not apply...

At Charles Russell Speechlys we focus on people, not robots. People come to us from all backgrounds and degree disciplines, with a range of views that combine to give us our distinctive perspective on the law. We require candidates to achieve AAB at A-Level and a minimum of a 2(1) in their degree. You should also be able to demonstrate other key attributes outside of academia, such as teamwork, leadership, communication skills and initiative.

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