Simmons & Simmons Simmons & Simmons

  • City Law Firms
  • London, Bristol

Training Contract

  • Places: 25+

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 65+

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  • Total employees: 1800+

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We’re a truly international firm, with truly international reach. Every day, our expert teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia come together to work on our clients toughest commercial challenges. Our lawyers are sector specialists so they’re experts in the areas that matter most to everyone’s future – from healthcare and technology to the financial forces that power our world. 

We’re reimagining what a career in law looks like. It’s all part of our long-term strategy to change the way we work, so we can deliver smarter solutions – to our people and our clients. It means that when you join our firm, you’ll discover so much more than the practice of law.

We view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare & life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These priority sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate and commercial; competition & regulatory; dispute resolution; employment, pensions & incentives; financial markets; information, communications & technology; intellectual property; international projects and construction; real estate and tax.

Training Contract

We offer training contracts in both Bristol and London, and either way, you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation we’re known for. As well as moving through four six-month seats across our practice areas, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning and online tools designed to support your journey through to qualification.

Trainee Profile

We want to hear from ambitious future lawyers, who are ready to leave their mark. We’re looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.

Vacation Scheme

Discover what it’s like to be a trainee lawyer with one of our vacation schemes. Over one or two weeks in either Bristol or London, you’ll experience the work, the reach and the day-to-day buzz of our international firm. Throw yourself into this full programme of social events and work experience, and you’ll get a taste for our firm and the work we do, from research to drafting, and meetings to departmental training. 

Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 01 October 2020.

Spring insight scheme (London): A two-day workshop for first year students of all disciplines, as well as penultimate year non-law students. Applications open 15 January 2021.

Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2020.

Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2020.

Applicant deadlines: Please note that we fill our roles on a first come first served basis. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Salary & Benefits

We will cover your full tuition fees for law school and provide you with a maintenance grant. Those joining our Bristol office will be offered the option of studying in Bristol or London and those joining the London office will study in London. 

Non law graduates will study BPP’s law conversion course called the PDGL, for which we will provide a maintenance grant of £6,500 in Bristol and £7,500 in London. 

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is set to replace the LPC. The SQE will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in September 2021, however trainees are not required to follow this route straight away. Keep an eye on our website for updates on when we will transition to the SQE route. The SQE route will continue to involve a one year preparatory course. The course will be designed to support you through the SQE exams and ensure you have all the skills you need to hit the ground running during your training contract. Whether you study the SQE or LPC route, we will sponsor you and provide a maintenance grant of £7,500 in Bristol and £9,000 in London.

London

£45,000 per annum (first year) £50,000 per annum (second year)

Bristol

£39,000 per annum (first year) £40,000 per annum (second year)

Salary on qualification

£79,000 per annum (London) £52,000 per annum (Bristol)

Other benefits

Other benefits are 25 days holiday, pension contributions, private medical insurance including Virtual GP advice, discounted gym membership and health assessments, life assurance, employee assistance programme, eye sight tests, cycle to work scheme, payroll giving scheme, travel insurance, season ticket loan.

Vacation schemes

For the winter and summer London vacation schemes, participants will receive £425 per week. Bristol summer vacation scheme interns will receive £350 per week and spring insight scheme participants will receive £150 for the two day workshop.

Requirements

We’re looking for perceptive, ambitious future lawyers. You see the finer detail - the intricate legal framework that powers and shapes our everyday - and you’ve got the drive to be part of it. We are looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.

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