Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance and liability industries. With over 2,000 people worldwide across 38 offices in the UK and Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields.
We’re here to make a difference for our clients, and each other, every day. We empower our people to deliver the very best work and reach their full potential.
We are a fresh-thinking firm, and are not afraid to bring new ideas to the table beyond the traditional realm of legal services. We combine talent, innovation, specialist technology and commercial perspectives to create the best outcomes for every one of our clients.
We offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values of being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. Our values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work for.
Our careers film highlights that our global strength is centred around how talented and important each and every one of our employees are. Watch here.
Life as a Kennedys trainee
Our two-year training contract allows you to develop relevant experience and skills that will set you up in your career as an excellent solicitor. During your training contract, you’ll complete four six-month seats across our core practice areas of Insurance and Reinsurance, Liability and Commercial. We also offer exciting secondment opportunities to global offices and UK clients.
You will be given a good level of responsibility early on, dealing with varied areas of work and will be a valued member of the team from the start, working alongside experienced solicitors and partners in a relaxed and open plan environment.
Before starting your training contract, we ask our future trainees to attend the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and where applicable the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) at BPP. We will fund your course fees for the LPC and PGDL and provide a maintenance grant during these study periods. For those undertaking their training in our Edinburgh office we will fund the Diploma in Law and provide a maintenance grant.
Applications for our 2022 training contracts are now open. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2020.
SQE Training Programme
Kennedys are excited to announce we will be introducing a new innovative training programme for graduates. Our programme will prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), the new route to qualification that is coming into effect from Autumn 2021. The new SQE training programme will take the form of a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship and allows you to start working and earning at Kennedys immediately after university, while gaining qualifying legal work experience in one of our teams before sitting the SQE1 and SQE2 exams to qualify as a solicitor. You will also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate from BPP. Prospective trainees looking to start the SQE training programme must have completed a law degree or the GDL/PGDL prior to starting with Kennedys.
The two year six-month training programme will involve working at Kennedys four days a week and having one day off a week to study at BBP. In addition to a dedicated supervisor at Kennedys, you will have a tutor and skills coach at BPP, to ensure that you have all the support you need at work and with your studies.
Kennedys will fully fund your training during the SQE programme. If you have studied a non-law undergraduate degree and need to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) before starting the SQE training programme, Kennedys will pay for your course fees and provide a maintenance grant to attend the PGDL at BPP.
We are offering the SQE training programme in many of our legal teams across our core practice areas of Insurance, Liability, Healthcare and Commercial.
Applications for a 2021 start are now open. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2020.
Read about a day in the life of a trainee and legal professionals here.
Salary & Benefits
The current salaries for London trainees are £38,500 and £41,000 for the first and second year respectively. The current salaries for the regional trainees are £27,500 and £30,000 for first and second years respectively. The benefits package consists of 25-day annual holiday; pension scheme with employer contribution; interest-free season ticket loan; gym membership; permanent health insurance; life assurance; private medical insurance; childcare schemes; vouchers for eye care; corporate physician services (London office only).
Find out more and apply here.
We are passionate about offering an alternative route to University and are proud to be a UK government accredited organisation. Our apprenticeships are designed to help springboard you into a successful career by providing you with a mixture of studying and learning within the workplace so you can earn while you learn.
Our two year paralegal apprenticeship will result in the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services, which is equivalent to the first year of a law undergraduate degree. The paralegal apprenticeship offers an introduction to the fundamentals of legal practice and provides a combination of learning and working within one of our legal teams, to build your knowledge and the skills required to work as a Litigation Assistant at Kennedys.
In addition to a dedicated supervisor at Kennedys, you will have a tutor and skills coach at BPP, to ensure that you have all the support you need at work and with your studies. We offer a competitive salary (paying at minimum the UK Living wage both in and outside of London).
Once the two year paralegal apprenticeship has been completed, apprentices who would like to continue their learning may have the opportunity to join the Level 7 solicitor apprenticeship. This takes four years to complete and involves the completion of a (Hons) degree in legal practice and will lead to qualifying as a solicitor.
Applications for our 2021 paralegal apprenticeships will open in September 2020.
Read about a life as a law apprentice at Kennedys here.
We are hosting a virtual insight event for students on Thursday 9 July at 1pm. If you are a university student interested in pursuing a career in law, we would love you to join us! Register now to secure your place and find out more here.
Find out more and apply here.