It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.
We act for publicly listed and private companies, private equity and financial sponsors, and other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.
Our clients know that, wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done. And they know that we will do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.
Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our individual departments, but right across our firm where we welcome views from everyone.
The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy and unparalleled opportunities to learn by osmosis from some of the most senior people at the firm. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.
During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in one of our corporate departments and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist teams. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.
Travers Smith is a collaborative firm – we treat each other with respect and encourage our people to be themselves. We are very proud of the close-knit, supportive and non-hierarchical culture this creates.
Our Winter vacation scheme is a one week virtual scheme. A day in the office is also expected, but not yet confirmed, on 6 December, so please be aware of this date.
During our Summer vacation scheme students spend two weeks with the firm. Each week, they sit with a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees.
The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a City tour, plenty of social activities and the option to be involved in sporting activities such as mixed hockey, netball and football. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.
Since the onset of Covid-19, we have run a one week virtual vacation scheme. We are very much hoping that, going forwards, we will be able to revert to our two week in-person scheme, but this is obviously dependent on circumstances at the time. Details will be available on our website in due course.
Salary & Benefits
First year: £47,000
Second year: £52,500
Benefits include private medical and permanent health insurance, life assurance, health screening programme, onsite physiotherapy, dental insurance, pension scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, subsidised café/restaurant, subsidised gym membership and season ticket loan.
We’ll give you responsibility from day one – you will quickly find yourself on the phone to clients, in meetings and handling your own work with all the guidance you need. As such, the firm looks for people who can combine academic excellence with plain common sense; who are determined, articulate and able to think on their feet; who are self-motivated and have a healthy sense of humour.
A law degree is not a necessity – nearly a third of our current trainees did not study law as an undergraduate.
Apply online via our website at www.traverssmith.com for a training contract commencing in either September 2024 or March 2025.
This year we will largely recruit for training contract 2024 from our vacation schemes. Any spaces that are available after the vacation schemes will be filled by direct training contract applicants. This direct training contract process will open in August 2022, only to the extent there remain any available spaces after our winter and summer vacation schemes. Any updates will be available on our website and social media channels.