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First year trainee solicitors are paid a salary of £40,000 and second year trainees receive £44,000. Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors start at £95,000.
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Graduate scheme
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We currently recruit up to 8 trainees annually so you will be part of a small intake and receive opportunities 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 Training Principal overseas 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.

Salary & Benefits

Orrick provides sponsorship for the GDL and LPC by covering the fees in full and a maintenance allowance of £7,000. 

Currently, first year trainee solicitors are paid a salary of £40,000 and second year trainees receive £44,000. Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors start at £95,000.

Annual benefits include: pension; group income protection scheme; 25 days’ holiday in addition to public holidays; life assurance; private medical  insurance; dental care;  season ticket loan; subsidised gym membership; and cycle to work scheme.


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, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP could be for you.

Candidates applying for training contracts should have secured a minimum of three A-level passes with A or B grades and have obtained or be on track to obtain a 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline. Candidates must also pass the Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) and Legal Practice course at their first attempt.

Candidates must show an aptitude for excellence, hard work, strong ethics and communication skills, as well as the ability to provide quality customer service.


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