Trainee Solicitor

  • International Law Firms
  • London

Firm stats

  • Employees: 700



A career without limits

Ambitious and entrepreneurial graduates are rewarded at Reed Smith with a training programme that is supportive, challenging and exciting, offering unparalleled client and international secondments. Our unique culture, which allows trainees to turn passions into careers, is one of the reasons our lawyers remain with us for such a long time, moving seats, jobs roles and even countries, but sticking with the firm. 

We are a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Unusually, we operate as one global partnership, rather than separate country-specific partnerships, which is why we’re so good at collaborating across borders to support our clients.  As a leading adviser to industries including financial services, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, real estate and shipping, our lawyers work with some of the most innovative organisations in the world – from multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley giants to national banks. We have even represented some of the biggest pop stars on the planet. 

First year trainee salary is £43,000

Second year trainee salary: £47,000  

NQ salary: £75,000

Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for candidates to be on target for or have achieved a 2.1 or above degree (or the equivalent). This can be in any discipline. We are also looking for you to demonstrate that you have the skills and behaviours which would expect from our trainees and these are as follows:

Legal Skills

Practice Skills and Knowledge - learns the basics

Research and Analysis - approaches research and analysis logically

Written and Oral Communication Skills - communicates clearly and concisely; is a good listener


Developing Self and Others - actively makes use of opportunities to further own development

Teamwork and Collaboration - works co-operatively with colleagues

Business Skills

Leadership - understands Reed Smith's strategy, values and policies

Matter and Financial Management - manages own time commercially


Client Relationships - seeks to understand and meet client needs

Business Development - builds knowledge of the firm's capabilities and establishes relationships

When and how to apply

Applications for vacancies in 2021 open on 1st November 2018 and will need to be made via our on-line application form. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2019. 

To find out more, take a look at our website.