We are a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality is built upon long-term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets. This, together with our high-calibre expertise, straight-talking advice and collaborative team culture, means we are here for our clients, whenever and however they need us; from everyday queries to high-value strategic advice, we are proud of the consistently excellent, relevant and focussed service our people provide.
We are also proud to be an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner, which recognises our pioneering approach to legal services. We call it our Intelligent Delivery approach, because it brings more efficiency, and more value, to our clients.
All professions need to change with the times. And we always consider what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow. We are constantly working on innovative ways for our staff to learn, develop and train.
Join us, and wherever you are based, you will work side-by-side with blue chip clients in a supportive-yet-challenging environment. This is a structured training programme, and it is designed with your future success in mind.
Who should apply
We require ABB at A level and a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent). But what will really open doors to an outstanding career here is the real you. At Addleshaw Goddard, we’re looking for original minds and collaborative spirits alongside motivation, drive and commercial awareness. We’re constantly delighted by the diverse backgrounds of our best lawyers, and we’re open to law and non-law graduates alike, as well as those looking to change career.
Summer work placements 2020
We offer two-week summer work placements in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. And because everyone is an individual, we make sure each placement is a valuable experience for each individual student.
While you are here, you will get to know the everyday life of an Addleshaw Goddard trainee. You will be allocated a department to sit in and, if you are part of the summer scheme, will swap into a new department in your second week. You will be supervised by an experienced solicitor, who will welcome you to the department and allocate work. A trainee buddy will be on hand to help throughout your placement.
This is a scheme as unique as you are. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, you will attend social events with a range of people across the office. It’s a real chance to get to know our people and our culture. We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students, so we’d encourage you to apply.
When and how to apply
Applications for our work placements open on 1 October 2019 and close on 5 January 2020. Please apply through our website.
Diversity at Addleshaw Goddard
We have created a high-performance culture that is inclusive, supportive and which thrives on individuality, personality and team spirit. We expect the best of each other and we want everyone to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference.
Our diversity programme is represented at the most senior level of our business by our board sponsor. It is run by a dedicated Human Resources (HR) team, partner sponsors and volunteers from across the business. We have organised our approach around three key strands of diversity, focusing on gender, social mobility and ethnicity, but we also provide comprehensive support for parents and carers, run an ongoing mental health and wellbeing awareness campaign, and have a flourishing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) network.
Everyone’s needs are unique. And that means agile working is key. We want to enable a greater work-life balance for everyone, not just those with caring responsibilities.
We have been consistently recognised for our commitment to diversity over the years. In our sector’s 2019 awards season, our diversity programme has achieved the following external recognition:
The Times, Top 50 Employers for Women;
HR in Law Awards, Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative (firms with over 750 employees including partners);
Legal Week Innovation Awards, Mindful Business Charter (recognition) and HR Innovation (winner).