Burges Salmon is an 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 2020
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 schemes deadlines
Winter scheme: Deadline 3 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 2020 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.
Our legal apprentices are based in our Service Delivery Centre. The purpose of the Centre is to provide support to our legal departments and clients. The nature of work undertaken by the team is varied and includes reviewing and preparing documents for court, support on project work, or working directly for a client through a secondment.
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 for your work and advice and guidance on life at the firm. The team work together very closely and regularly participate in sports, social and charity events at the firm.
When you first begin your apprenticeship you will start out learning the basics. As time goes on you will be able to experience different areas of the firm, and increase the level of work you are doing. 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.
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 AAB 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 £15,340 pa (£295 per week) 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
AllAboutLaw Awards 2017
Training Contract Score: N/A%
Vacation Scheme Score: 90.1%
Runner up - Best Company Culture
Finalist - Top Law Firm for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes
Finalist- Best Vacation Scheme – National Firm
Finalist- Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Vacation Scheme
Online application form which can be found on our website www.burges-salmon.com/careers/traineesolicitors