Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

  • US Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 8

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: -

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 160




Orrick is a leading international law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Orrick has earned a global reputation advising both established and emerging companies, banks and international financial institutions. Much of Orrick's client work involves cross-border transactions or projects in the tech, finance and energy sectors, as well as dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas; this global focus requires close coordination between London and Orrick's overseas offices. Our clients include leading investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, multinational and national corporate, and emerging companies

Established in 1998, the London office is a central part of Orrick’s international network with around 160 staff. It is primarily staffed by UK qualified lawyers, a number of whom also trained with the firm.  As you would expect from a firm established in the US there is also a US law capability in the London office.

We are recognised worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-orientated legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Working at Orrick you will be part of a truly international team and benefit from its core values of collegiality, integrity, excellence, enthusiasm and respect for individuality. From the first day of your career you will be a valued member of our team. We will support your learning through a steadfast focus on training and mentoring, which will provide you with the right foundation for building your career.

Orrick has been named one of the Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for the third year in a row and is one of only five law firms to make the 2018 list. This is alongside being featured for the sixth year in a row on the American Lawyer’s 2018 A-List, for the most well-rounded, elite firms. Orrick has also been named one of ‘Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold standard firm’ for its sixth consecutive year. The 2018 edition of directory Chambers Global recognises Orrick for leadership across 42 practice areas in markets around the world. The London office was awarded Legal 500’s 2018 corporate and commercial law firm of the year for venture capital. 

The firm has an extensive diversity initiative that has received recognition from Human Rights Campaign Foundation (100% on the Corporate Equality Index for 10 years), Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, and The American Lawyer (ranked 16 for overall diversity).

Orrick's pro bono programme offers the firm's resources, both time and money, to those in our communities who would not otherwise be able to afford access to legal services, education or the arts. 

Training Contract

We currently recruit up to 8 trainees annually so you will be part of a small intake and receive opportunities for a high level of responsibility from day one. We value team players and reward collaboration over competition. We aim to give individuals the opportunity to flourish in a lively and supportive work environment and encourage interaction among lawyers across international offices at every level of experience within the firm.

We support learning through a steadfast focus on training and a mentoring programme that will provide trainees with the right foundation for building their legal career and for working with clients. A genuine open door policy means trainees work closely with partners and of counsel as well as associates to gain practical experience in research, drafting, procedural and client-related skills.

Our two year training programme is made up of six four-month seats with regular appraisals throughout. Our dedicated Training Principal overseas the supervision and management of our trainees. There are regular training sessions on legal and soft skills to enhance your development as a lawyer. Our extensive training programme is provided by in-house experts, clients and specialist professionals. Trainees undertake the Professional Skills Course during their Induction Programme.

Open Days

Rather than vacation placements, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe holds 4 Open Days in the Spring. 

The Open Days provide a good opportunity to see the London office of a US law firm in action and help you decide if we are the firm for you. Applicants spend the day learning more about the firm and the work on offer in the London office as well as participating in a business game designed to give a flavour of the work of a City lawyer. Further details can be found on our website.

Candidates are observed and those who impress are invited back within a few weeks for a final stage interview with two partners.

Salary & Benefits

Orrick provides sponsorship for the GDL and LPC by covering the fees in full and a maintenance allowance of £7,000. 

Currently, first year trainee solicitors are paid a salary of £40,000 and second year trainees receive £44,000. Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors start at £95,000.

Annual benefits include: pension; group income protection scheme; 25 days’ holiday in addition to public holidays; life assurance; private medical  insurance; dental care;  season ticket loan; subsidised gym membership; and cycle to work scheme.


If you set your standards high, have a strong work ethic and are a bright, talented graduate of any discipline looking for a firm offering a broad-based training contract, then Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP could be for you.

Candidates applying for training contracts should have secured a minimum of three A-level passes with A or B grades and have obtained or be on track to obtain a 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline. Candidates must also pass the Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) and Legal Practice course at their first attempt.

Candidates must show an aptitude for excellence, hard work, strong ethics and communication skills, as well as the ability to provide quality customer service.


Applications for Open Days and training contracts open on 12 October 2018 can be accessed online here and submitted by 8 February 2019 for an Open Day place and by 28 June 2019 for a training contract commencing August 2021. 

The firm offers up to 8 trainee positions each year.

For non-Open Day attendees, those shortlisted undertake a two stage interview process conducted in the London office during the summer.

The first set of interviews is conducted by the recruitment manager or HR manager and an of counsel or senior associate; the second round is conducted by two partners.

For all queries, the London Graduate Recruitment team can be contacted via email at recruitlondon@orrick.com or by telephone at 020 7862 4600.


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