Lewis Silkin Graduate Careers
Welcome to the Lewis Silkin law firm hub. Here you will find everything you need to know about the firm, preparing you for your future applications.
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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Lewis Silkin
From its founding in 1950 by Lewis Silkin, a determined eldest son of a poor family of refugees, the firm has expanded rapidly, becoming market leaders in employment, advertising and marketing law, with six offices throughout the UK, as well as offices across Ireland and Hong Kong. Their membership with Ius Laboris and GALA extends their reach further. This global alliance of the world’s leading employment and advertising firms exposes Lewis Silkin to clients across over 100 countries, allowing their lawyers to work on multi-jurisdiction cases with some of the world’s largest companies, coordinating advice from across their alliances.
Join a training contract at Lewis Silkin, and you will complete four six-month seats, typically within their employment and dispute resolution teams. You can also choose seats from within Lewis Silkin’s other available departments, tailoring your training programme to meet your specific interests. With the option to take on a client secondment, you will have the opportunity to learn more broadly about the legal profession, building commerciality as you learn about your client from the inside.
Guided by their ethos of ‘bravery and kindness’, Lewis Silkin is committed to using their resources to support their community. Employees are encouraged to volunteer within the many pro bono schemes offered at Lewis Silkin, including providing advice to a local employment advice clinic for low-income residents, and working for a Rights of Women Advice line, providing legal advice for women in England and Wales experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.
What the firm says
We work with leading businesses helping them protect and enhance their most important assets – their people, their ideas, their brand and their future. We call it ‘Ideas. People. Possibilities’. We aspire to be the leading legal and related services firm for creative, innovative and tech-focused businesses. We don’t try to do everything, but what we do, we do well. We offer market leading practice areas including our pre-eminent Employment & Immigration, Commercial, IP, Data and Dispute Resolution groups as well as a deep cross-firm market expertise in our chosen sectors. Our clients range from large multinational corporations and FTSE 100 companies, to household names, high growth start-ups and small owner managed business and entrepreneurs. People are at the heart of our firm, united by a passion for creativity, technology and innovation. Our firm’s culture is encapsulated by an ethos of bravery and kindness and guided by our values of Integrity, Clarity, Unity and Excellence (our I-CUE). We support each other, our clients and our community, we embrace diversity and we are all able to bring our full selves to work.
- LPC/SQE paidYes
- First year trainee salary£43,250
- Second year trainee salary£47,350
- NQ salary£78,000
- Maintenance grant£8,000
- UK offices6
- GDL course fees paidYes
- Retention rate6 of 7