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Training Contract

  • Places: 20

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 40

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 700+




Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value.  We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent standard of legal and business advice to our clients, which has led to many of our practice areas and sectors winning awards and recognition as best in class.  Our national and international client base ranges from private individuals to government departments and FTSE 100 companies including The Crown Estate, Nationwide, Lloyds Banking Group, John Lewis, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and FirstGroup. 

The quality of our expertise is widely recognised across our main departments including Corporate & Financial Institutions, Dispute Resolution, Planning, Construction & Engineering, Projects, Real Estate and Private Client. The key sectors in which we operate are energy, power & utilities, financial services, infrastructure, private wealth, public sector, real estate and transport.

We believe it is our people that make the firm great.  Our values of ambition, collaboration, commitment, fairness, quality and respect shape our distinctive culture and are evident across the firm. All our people are based in our HQ in Bristol. This means we all know and work with each other. In fact, team playing is core to our approach to delivering a great client experience.  We are accredited by Investors in People Gold and offer our people a generous benefits package, career development and progression, and a strong corporate responsibility programme.  

Training Contract

Training contract 2021

Our six seat training contract is designed to provide you with the greatest breadth of experience possible as a trainee. While traditional training contracts normally include four six-month seats, ours includes six four-month placements. This ensures you gain the maximum exposure to our varied practice areas and experience a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work from across our main departments.   

As a trainee you will be given early responsibility balanced with truly open door support.  From the beginning you will be learning from lawyers recognised as experts in their fields who are able to offer the advice and guidance you will need to develop into a trusted business adviser.   

Vacation Scheme

Vacation schemes deadlines 

Winter scheme: Deadline 2 November

Spring/ Summer scheme: Deadline 11 January 

During the vacation scheme you will have the opportunity to visit two departments of your choice over a two-week period. The emphasis is on 'real work' and, under the guidance of your supervisor, you will have the chance to attend court visits or client meetings as well as skills sessions run by trainees and solicitors.  In addition to this, there are many social and sports events throughout the placement that offer a real insight into life as a trainee solicitor. 

All our vacation schemes are open to penultimate and final year students from any degree discipline, graduates and those considering a change in career. 

Vacation schemes are part of the recruitment process for trainee solicitors to commence training contracts in 2021 so a keen interest in a career in commercial law is essential.

All participants are offered a training contract interview at the end.


Our legal apprenticeship programme lasts for 2 years and includes both through-the-job and classroom learning.  All the positions will be based at our HQ in Bristol.  At the end of the two years you will be awarded a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship and a Level 4 Certificate of Legal Practice, equivalent to the first year of university.  Candidates who prove themselves will be given the opportunity to complete a Level 7 solicitor apprenticeship. 

Where will you work:

You will be based in our Legal Service Delivery Centre during the first year of the apprenticeship. The Centre plays an integral role in supporting our legal departments and clients. In the second year of the apprenticeship you will complete 4 month ‘seats’ within 3 legal departments of your choice. This will give you an insight into different areas of law at Burges Salmon and the chance to work with a variety of high profile clients. 

Who you will work with: 

In the first year of your apprenticeship you will work within a team of paralegals and report to the team manager. You will be assigned a ‘buddy’ who will be a more senior paralegal within the team. They will provide support in respect of your work and guidance on life at the firm. In the second year of the apprenticeship you will be assigned an associate lawyer supervisor within each legal department. They will be responsible for delegating a wide range of work to you and will provide you with regular feedback.

By the end of the apprenticeship you will have developed a wide range of transferable skills and have a thorough understanding of what it's like to work in a top commercial law firm. 

Qualifications/skills required

GCSE grades A to C or equivalent are essential. You will need to have achieved at least a B in Maths and English. 

A-Levels grades ABB or equivalent.

There will be lots of new things to learn and you will need to have strong communication skills, an ability to work in a team and good attention to detail.  More than anything we are looking for people who can demonstrate a positive can-do attitude who are willing to learn and will be committed to this opportunity. 


In addition to a competitive salary of £16,000 you will get 25 days (plus bank holidays) paid holiday each year.  Salaries are reviewed each year. 

Our generous benefits package includes private health care, subsidised gym membership, bus/train season-ticket loans and an active sports and social club which offer a number of benefits including subsidised cinema and theatre tickets.

All our people are given an additional day of leave to volunteer at one of the many local charities and projects we support. 

Salary & Benefits

Burges Salmon offers a competitive salary for their trainees. 


340 UCAS points at A-level and minimum 2.1 degree in any discipline 


Online application form which can be found on our website www.burges-salmon.com/careers/traineesolicitors