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At Addleshaw Goddard, we are more than just exceptional lawyers: we are leaders in client investment and understanding. With over 1,200 lawyers based across the globe, we have a deep understanding of our markets and sectors. We act for our clients whatever the scale of their requirements, and have been instructed by over 40 FTSE 100 companies in the last 12 months. Our business is about strong client relationships built on successful delivery across national and international markets. We have 13 offices worldwide, which we link together with a network of likeminded global partners. Where we don't have offices, we work with firms well known to us, to deliver an international capability.
Equally important is strong loyalty which is proven through 75% of our clients who have been with us for more than 10 years.
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.
We act for clients whatever the scale of their requirements. We have been instructed by over 40 FTSE 100 companies in the last 12 months, including Associated British Foods, Barclays, Dixons Carphone, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC and Standard Life. Our business is about strong client relationships built on successful delivery across national and international markets. Equally important is strong loyalty which is proven through 75% of our clients who have been with us for more than 10 years.
The range and scale of our work is compelling, and encompasses high value strategic advice to the everyday. It means we are able to attract talented, like-minded individuals who love what they do, are committed to our clients success, and strive to build valued partnerships through our collective energy and expertise.
Who should apply
We require 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.
The best advocates of our graduate careers are the trainees themselves. Read what four of them have to say about life at Addleshaw Goddard on our website.
Training contract 2024
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. They 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.
When and how to apply
Applications for a training contract to start in 2024 open on 1 April 2022 and close on 31 July 2022. Please apply through our website.
Diversity at Addleshaw Goddard
We have created a high-performance culture that is inclusive, supportive and which thrives on individuality, personality and team spirit. We expect the best of each other and we want everyone to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference.
Our diversity programme is represented at the most senior level of our business by our board sponsor. It is run by a dedicated Human Resources (HR) team, partner sponsors and volunteers from across the business. We have organised our approach around five key strands of diversity focusing on: disability, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ and social mobility, and we also provide comprehensive support for parents and carers and run an ongoing mental health and wellbeing awareness campaigns. In addition, we also have our people networks that not only support and help inform our inclusion strategy but also provide an opportunity for people to learn more about specific subject matter, network and share their lived experience. Our networks include:
- AG Embrace – our race and ethnicity network
- OpenAG – our LGBTQ+ network
- The Disability Network – our disability and carers network
- The Vine – our women's network
We have been consistently recognised for our commitment to diversity over the years. In our sector’s 2019 awards season, our diversity programme has achieved the following external recognition:
- The Times, Top 50 Employers for Women;
- HR in Law Awards, Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative (firms with over 750 employees including partners);
- Legal Week Innovation Awards, Mindful Business Charter (recognition) and HR Innovation (winner)
And we are also:
- active members of Stonewall and the Business Disability Forum
- signatories to the Valuable 500
- founding members of PRIME
- participants of the Disability Confident Scheme (and in 2021 we achieved "Employer" status
- partners with the Black Solicitor's Network and Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow
Removing barriers so that talent can shine
A key focus for Addleshaw Goddard is diversifying our trainee talent. To do this we have partnered with an external organisation, Rare, to introduce contextual recruitment and accountability into our graduate hiring process.
Contextual recruitment looks at the context of academic achievement, and identifies students who have surpassed expectations or performed excellently in conditions of adversity.
We have also removed our minimum A-level requirement to allow a more diverse pool of candidates to apply for training contracts at Addleshaw Goddard.
Our external recruitment partner helps us to screen your application without personal information to ensure we do not allow bias of any kind to affect the process.
We are also increasing the training for everyone involved in the recruitment process to ensure that we select people based on their ability, potential and nothing else.
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