Addleshaw Goddard Addleshaw Goddard

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

Training Contract

  • Places: 58

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 70

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 2,022




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.

Training Contract

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. He or she 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.

The best advocates of our graduate careers are the trainees themselves. Read (link: ) what four of them have to say about life at Addleshaw Goddard.

Work Placements

We offer week-long Easter work placements in Edinburgh and London, and two-week summer work placements in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. And because everyone is an individual, we make sure each placement is a valuable experience for each individual student.

While you are here, you will get to know the everyday life of an Addleshaw Goddard trainee. You will be allocated a department to sit in and, if you are part of the summer scheme, will swap into a new department in your second week. You will be supervised by an experienced solicitor, who will welcome you to the department and allocate work. A trainee buddy will be on hand to help throughout your placement.

This is a scheme as unique as you are. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, you will attend social events with a range of people across the office. It’s a real chance to get to know our people and our culture. We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students, so we’d encourage you to apply.

Salary & Benefits

First year salary

£47,000 (London); £29,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £25,000 (Scotland) 

Second year salary

£50,000 (London); £32,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £28,000 (Scotland)

Post qualification salary

£82,000 (London); £50,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £47,000 (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:


  • Cycle Scheme

  • Gym allowance

  • CSR Days

  • Season Ticket Loan

  • Railcard (Young Persons)

  • Give as You Earn

Wealth and Protection

  • Life Assurance

  • Income Protection

  • Pension with matched contribution of 5%

  • Voluntary Critical Illness

  • Bonus Plan

  • Talent Spotting

  • AG Excellence

Health and Wellbeing 

  • Dental

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Health Screening

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Occupational Health


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.

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


To apply please visit our website. 

  • Training contract applications open: 1 April 2022

  • Training contract deadline, 2024 start: 31 July 2022

  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2021

  • Vacation scheme deadline: 6 January 2022

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