Addleshaw Goddard is a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality and service is built upon long term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets combined with high calibre expertise, straight talking advice and a collaborative team culture. By delivering what clients want wherever they need it, from high value strategic advice, to the everyday, we pride ourselves on a service which is high quality, focused, relevant and consistently excellent.
The firm is an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner and is pioneering new ways of delivering legal services, through its Intelligent Delivery approach, which brings added efficiencies and value for clients. As a firm, AG continues to look at the changes to the profession and what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow, developing innovation initiatives to training and development. Wherever you are based, you'll also be part of the team from day one, getting first-hand experience of working with blue-chip clients within a supportive yet challenging environment, and benefit from a structured training programme designed with your future success in mind.
Who should apply
We require ABB at A Level and 2.1 at degree (or equivalent). We are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate commercial awareness, teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications from law and non-law graduates are welcomed, as are applications from those who may be considering a change of direction.
At Addleshaw Goddard we are more than just exceptional lawyers. We attract smart and energetic people who are committed to our clients' success and believe in team-work and professionalism combined with a personal touch. A real meeting of minds. It's one of the reasons why we're sure you'll enjoy working with us.
As a Trainee, you’ll work on everything from multi-million pound banking deals and cross-border mergers and acquisitions to the most high profile fraud cases, complex technology contracts, employment disputes and transformational construction assignments. Because we understand that our success is intrinsically linked to yours, you can expect constant support to make sure you realise your potential.
During each six-month seat, there will be regular two-way performance reviews with the supervising partner or solicitor. Trainees may have the opportunity to spend a seat in one of the firm’s other offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available. Seated with a qualified solicitor or partner and working as part of a team enables trainees to develop the professional skills necessary to deal with the demanding and challenging work the firm carries out for its clients. Practical training is complemented by high-quality training courses provided by both the in-house team and external training providers. A trainee buddy programme is in place with the trainee predecessor for the first seat. All trainees have a mentor for the duration of their training contract and beyond.
When and how to apply:
Applications for a training contract to start in 2021 open on 1 April 2019 and close on 31 July 2019. Please apply through our website.
What Diversity means to Addleshaw Goddard
At Addleshaw Goddard (AG), we have created a high performance culture that is fully inclusive, supportive and where we expect the best of each other. Ultimately, we want to enable all our people to succeed, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference. Our Diversity ambition is promoted and receives support at the most senior level of our business through our Board sponsor.
The AG Diversity Programme is implemented by a dedicated HR team, Partner sponsors and volunteers from across the firm. Much of our work focuses around the areas of gender, social mobility and ethnicity. However, we also provide a comprehensive package of support for parents and carers, have a flourishing a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) network, and run an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. Agile working is also a key focus for AG, enabling a greater work-life balance for everyone, not only those with caring responsibilities.
We continue to invest and work hard to build a reputable Diversity Programme in support of a fully inclusive culture, and our commitment has been consistently recognised over the years. In the 2017/18 sector awards season, the AG Diversity Programme has achieved the following external recognition:
• Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018
• UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017 - AG won the 'Managing Diverse Talent' award and gained recognition for its innovative Returner Programme.
• HR in Law Awards 2018 - AG won awards for 'Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion' and the 'Grand Prix' top award for our D&I Programme.