Training contract: September 2020 and March 2021

Travers Smith Travers Smith

  • City Law Firms
  • London

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  • Employees: 604



Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.

Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds.  It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.

A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen quality overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and very demanding standards.

Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.

Who should apply:

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, and who take their work but not themselves seriously.

A law degree is not a necessity – just over half the trainees who joined last year came from a non-law background.

Training programme:

The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. 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 our corporate department 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 departments.  Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.

Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients.  This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.

When and how to apply:

When and how to apply: Apply online through cvMail via our website at for a training contract commencing in either September 2020 or March 2021.  Applications open on 1 October 2017 and the deadline is 31 July 2018.

Once you've applied for a training contract, if you are selected for interview, this will be held at our London office with a graduate recruitment partner who will be aiming to find out more about you.

If you are asked to attend a second interview, this will be with two graduate recruitment partners.  After your interview a trainee will show you around the office and give you the chance to meet more partners, associates and trainees in the firm.