Simmons & Simmons Simmons & Simmons

  • City Law Firms
  • Bristol, London

Training Contract

  • Places: 30+

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 65+

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  • Total employees: 1600

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Scratch the surface of Simmons & Simmons and you’ll discover a leading law firm of over 1,600 people, offering legal advice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We work with our clients across four key sectors and provide a range of services to help them navigate all kinds of legal challenges, from buying and selling national chain stores to patenting the latest technology. We work in the areas that matter the most to everyone’s future, from Healthcare and Life Sciences to Technology, Media and Telecommunications. So whatever you do, wherever you go, you’ll see developments we’ve been involved in. All you need to do is look, and you’ll uncover the world of law and the world of Simmons & Simmons.

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

Our training contracts are offered in both London and Bristol, 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 sectors, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning, mentoring and online tools. Our teams will teach you everything they know about the world of law, and you’ll find your niche in the process, qualifying into your choice of practice area.

Trainee Profile

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.

Vacation Scheme

Get right to the heart of life as a trainee lawyer on 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. In short, it’s the chance for us to get to know each other on a deeper level. That’s why it’s also the most popular route to a training contract with us, with many vacation schemers returning as trainees.

Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 01 October 2018.

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 2019.

Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2018.

Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A one-week scheme open to penultimate year law students and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2018.

A series of open days are also available in London and Bristol to all students and graduates, running throughout the year.

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 offer a maintenance grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC.

London

£44,000 per annum (first year) £48,000 per annum (second year)

Bristol

£38,000 per annum (first year) £39,000 per annum (second year)

Salary on qualification

£75,000 per annum (London) £51,000 per annum (Bristol)

Other benefits

Other benefits are 25 days’ holiday entitlement, life assurance, income protection insurance, medical insurance, gym subsidy, free GP visits, assistance if working late, childcare vouchers, back up care service, employee assistance programme, Music/singing lessons, payroll giving scheme, season ticket loan, subsidised staff restaurant, travel insurance and pension contributions.

Vacation schemes

For the winter and summer London vacation schemes, participants will receive £375 per week. Bristol summer vacation scheme interns will receive £325 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.

Ranking

AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 79.5%

Vacation Scheme Score: 86.3%

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Apply online at www.simmons-simmons.com/graduates