Squire Patton Boggs Squire Patton Boggs

  • International Law Firms
  • Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, London

Training Contract

  • Places: 25

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 50

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 3000




Squire Patton Boggs is a global law firm with 44 offices in 19 countries. Our team of 3000 includes more than 1,500 lawyers. Recognised as having one of the broadest global footprints in the legal industry, we provide access to new knowledge, new markets and new expertise.

We support private and public sector clients across extensive global practice areas. Our teams have well-established local and regional positions across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. Collectively, we cover 140 jurisdictions and speak over 40 languages.

In the UK, we operate from offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester, working with a diverse mix of global clients. Many of these are among the biggest names and brands in the world: FTSE and Fortune 100 companies, emerging and fast-growth businesses, financial institutions, and regional and national governments. 

Training Contract

Choose from Birmingham, Leeds, London or Manchester offices. With six seats and a variety of practice areas available you can effectively create your own individual training programme – an essential foundation for your careers with us.

Before you start, some of our trainees have the opportunity to take part in a three-month pre-training contract secondment, an element that really sets us apart from other law firms. This opportunity helps develop a trainees’ understanding of how businesses work and what is expected of legal advisors. It also demonstrates the confidence we have in our trainees from the start.

Supervision is paramount. It’s a two-tier system with a partner supervisor in your department as well as a daily supervisor. You’ll have meetings with your trainee manager and appraisals with your supervisor in each seat. A dedicated trainee mentor is also available for you.

You’ll be guaranteed first-rate work and a high level of involvement with our clients – we believe in offering challenges, responsibility and opportunities. 

Vacation Scheme

We run a number of paid vacation schemes giving you the opportunity to see for yourself whether a career at Squire Patton Boggs is for you. The placements offer a genuine insight into the life as a trainee solicitor, giving you the opportunity to gain insights into our exciting, inspiring and challenging work.

Salary & Benefits


1st year trainee: £37,000

2nd year trainee: £42,000

Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester

1st year trainee: £26,000

2nd year trainee: £28,000

Salaries are reviewed in January each year. We also operate a discretionary bonus scheme for all staff, linked to firm performance.

Other benefits include:

  • 25 days holiday
  • Death in service
  • Life assurance
  • Pension
  • Income protection

Our flexible benefit package includes:

  • Private mediate insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Critical illness cover
  • Cash plan
  • Ride2Work Scheme
  • Season ticket loan


We are looking for people with the skills, attitude and outlook to become our next generation of business lawyers.

Amongst other things we look carefully at each candidate’s academic background. Lawyers need a high degree of technical ability to be successful and we feel academic ability is one way to demonstrate this.  We look for candidates to have achieved BBB at A level (excluding general studies) and be on route to achieving a 2:1 at University.

Personal qualities are just as important. We are looking for people who are committed to a career in law, who enjoy working as part of a busy team and respond positively to a challenge. You need to be happy collaborating with a team yet capable of working independently. You will need to demonstrate the energy, resilience and ambition to succeed in a top global law firm. 


The application dates for our programmes vary depending on your degree and stage of study. Please note that we do not recruit on a rolling basis. 

All applications need to be submitted online. 

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