Lewis Silkin Lewis Silkin

  • City Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: Up to 6

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: Up to 20 candidates are invited to Spring Workshop

Firm stats

  • Total employees: approx. 390




Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

With 58 partners and more than 390 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions; Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) and the Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI) which align to its strengths and key industry sectors: advertising and marketing; manufacturing and engineering; media and entertainment; retail, hospitality and leisure; sports business; technology and communications; financial and professional services.

The employment, immigration and reward (EIR) division, which is consistently top-ranked, was named HR Law Firm of the Year 2015 by the Legal 500. With over 100 lawyers, Lewis Silkin’s employment and immigration team offers an unrivalled service supporting clients, including many of the world’s leading businesses, on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally. 

The creators, makers and innovators (CMI) division is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering a deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. From start-ups to multinationals, the firm’s comprehensive and commercially focused advice helps clients succeed in an increasingly complex and converged international marketplace. The CMI division includes a number of practice groups, including; Dispute Resolution, Commercial, Corporate, Real Estate and Trade Marks & Portfolio. 

Lewis Silkin is renowned for offering high-quality legal advice paired with a personal touch and individual flair, and for being the ‘lawyers’ lawyers.’ Due to its expertise and the number of leaders in their respective fields, it has an impressive list of household name clients, ranging from large multinational corporations and FTSE 100 companies, to small owner managed business and entrepreneurs, across a wide range of sectors.

The firm’s reach also extends worldwide through its Dublin and Hong Kong office and membership of two leading global legal networks: Ius Laboris, which focuses on employment law; and the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) which deals with advertising and marketing law.

Training Contract

Training contract programme

The firm provide a comprehensive induction and training programme. The training contract consists of four six-month seats in their key sectors and there is also the opportunity to participate in client secondments. The aim is for trainees to gain a broad range of contentious and non-contentious experience. They will sit with a partner or managing associate and enjoy responsibility from an early stage. The small trainee intake means you get responsibility from the word go and are recognised as individuals.  You will get the opportunity to work with a number of clients ranging from start-ups to established multinationals.

The firm looks for up to six trainees to join each September. They aim to attract applicants from diverse backgrounds, they don’t mind if you’re fresh out of law school or someone with previous experience in another industry.

Vacation Scheme

Our Spring Workshop in April is a great opportunity to gain a feel for life at Lewis Silkin. If doing a work placement at a law firm conjures up images of endless photocopying and running errands for partners, think again! At Lewis Silkin, we'll give you an insight into what it's like to work for a fun, fast-paced and innovative law firm.

During the Spring Workshop you will get legal practice group overviews from our legal practice group heads, take part in interactive activities and spend a day with one of our teams. Our aim is to make your time with us as informative and fun as possible. 

We also run vacation scheme weeks in our Cardiff office in June 2019 if you want the opportunity to experience what it is like to work with our Employment or Real Estate teams in Cardiff.

If you’re unable to attend our Spring Workshops but would still like the opportunity to meet us then apply for our Open Evening either in Cardiff or London. We’ll provide you with an insight into what it really is like to work at Lewis Silkin. During the evening you will have presentations from our partners and network with our existing trainees and key fee earners from across the firm.

The application deadline for our London Spring Workshops and Open Evenings is 31 January 2019.  Please refer to the Lewis Silkin website for further information about our Cardiff placements

Salary & Benefits

GDL and LPC course and examination fees are paid by the firm and a grant of £6,500 is provided for each candidate.

Salaries during the training contract are £37,250 (1st year), £41,500 (2nd year) respectively and employee benefits include: season ticket loan; life assurance; group income protection; 25 days of annual leave; personal accident cover; performance-based bonus; private healthcare; and a conveyancing subsidy.

The firm also offers flexible working arrangements, low billing targets, a subsidised canteen and gym membership plus numerous social events throughout the year.


Applicants must have strong A Levels (AAB or equivalent) and an earned/predicted 2:1 degree in any discipline. They should be team players, have a positive attitude, be dedicated and committed and have excellent people and communication skills.


Applications for 2021 training contracts will be open mid-March 2019 and the deadline will be 7 June 2019. Apply now

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a pre-assessment day screening exercise. Successful candidates will then be invited to an Assessment Day.  

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