Addleshaw Goddard Addleshaw Goddard

  • International Law Firms
  • Leeds, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

Training Contract

  • Places: 46

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 70

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 1,597




Addleshaw Goddard is a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality and service is built upon long term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets combined with high calibre expertise, straight talking advice and a collaborative team culture. By delivering what clients want wherever they need it, from high value strategic advice, to the everyday, we pride ourselves on a service which is high quality, focused, relevant and consistently excellent.

The firm is an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner and is pioneering new ways of delivering legal services, through its Intelligent Delivery approach, which brings added efficiencies and value for clients. As a firm, AG continues to look at the changes to the profession and what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow, developing innovation initiatives to training and development. Wherever you are based, you'll also be part of the team from day one, getting first-hand experience of working with blue-chip clients within a supportive yet challenging environment, and benefit from a structured training programme designed with your future success in mind. 

The firm's client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, and includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across its business divisions – corporate and commercial, finance and projects, litigation and real estate - as well as in specialist fields such as private capital, and across its chosen sectors:  digital, energy & utilities, financial services, health, industrials, real estate, retail and consumer, transport.

Training Contract

At Addleshaw Goddard we are more than just exceptional lawyers. We attract smart and energetic people who are committed to our clients' success and believe in team-work and professionalism combined with a personal touch. A real meeting of minds. It's one of the reasons why we're sure you'll enjoy working with us.

As a Trainee, you’ll work on everything from multi-million pound banking deals and cross-border mergers and acquisitions to the most high profile fraud cases, complex technology contracts, employment disputes and transformational construction assignments. Because we understand that our success is intrinsically linked to yours, you can expect constant support to make sure you realise your potential.

During each six-month seat, there will be regular two-way performance reviews with the supervising partner or solicitor. Trainees may have the opportunity to spend a seat in one of the firm’s other offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available. Seated with a qualified solicitor or partner and working as part of a team enables trainees to develop the professional skills necessary to deal with the demanding and challenging work the firm carries out for its clients. Practical training is complemented by high-quality training courses provided by both the in-house team and external training providers. A trainee buddy programme is in place with the trainee predecessor for the first seat. All trainees have a mentor for the duration of their training contract and beyond.

Vacation Scheme

At Addleshaw Goddard, we endeavour to make each work placement scheme a valuable experience for our students. We offer a week long Easter scheme in Edinburgh/Glasgow and London, and two week Summer schemes in Edinburgh/Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. 

During the scheme you will experience life as a trainee at AG. Students are allocated a department to sit in and swap into a different department in the second week (if undertaking the Summer scheme). During your time in the department you will be supervised by an experienced solicitor who will welcome you to the department and allocate you work. You will also be paired up with a trainee buddy throughout the duration of the scheme who will be on hand to help. 

The scheme will be varied. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, there will be a number of social events attended by a range of people across the office to give you a chance to really get to know the people and culture at AG.  

We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students and encourage applicants to apply for our scheme. 

Salary & Benefits

First year

£39,500 (London); £27,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £21,500 Scotland

Second year

£42,500 (London); £29,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £25,000 Scotland

Post qualification

£70,000 (London); £43,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £38,000 Scotland

GDL and LPC fees are paid, plus a maintenance grant.

We provide all trainees with a substantial and competitive range of benefits. These include:

• Dental cover

• Gym allowance

• Season ticket loan

• Interest free loan

• Bonus scheme 

• Group pension membership with matched contributions at 3-5% 

• Life assurance 

• Permanent health insurance 

• Private medical insurance 

• Employee assistance programme 

• Sabbatical leave and flexible working 

• Critical illness insurance cover 

• Childcare vouchers 

Sell holiday scheme. Once you’re qualified you can also buy up to five days’ extra holiday a year, increasing your annual holiday entitlement from 25 to 30 days.


We require ABB at A Level and 2.1 at degree (or equivalent). We are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate commercial awareness, teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications from law and non-law graduates are welcomed, as are applications from those who may be considering a change of direction. 


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Training contract applications open: 1 April 2019 

Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 31 July 2019

Vacation scheme applications open:  1 October 2018

Vacation scheme 2018 deadline: 6 January 2019