Simmons & Simmons Graduate Careers
This is the law firm hub for Simmons & Simmons. Discover everything you need to know about the firm, from specialities to training opportunities. You can also research the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives, before checking out the application process for their opportunities.
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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Simmons & Simmons
Founded by twin brothers in 1896, Simmons & Simmons has grown into a vast, multinational law firm, where employees frequently work with high profile clients on deals worth millions of pounds. Recently, the firm successfully defended Barclays against a £1.8 billion deceit claim from the 2008 financial crisis. The case was eventually listed as one of the most significant cases of the year in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2020.
The firm’s specialties include financial institutions, asset management/investment funds, healthcare and technology, media and communications. Whichever specialty you’re working in, you’ll be working with experts in the field, collaborating with offices across the world and learning more about different jurisdictions. Opt for a client or international secondment and you’ll learn about law from a completely different perspective, making you a more well-rounded lawyer.
Simmons & Simmons’ Compass programme allows for a unique training contract experience. A year before you even begin your training contract, you’ll complete an online induction, which will allow you to get to know more about the firm, its goals, and the kind of work you’ll be doing. This will be supplemented by a three-week long introductory programme just before you start, and an online trainee hub where you can liaise with your colleagues. This ensures that you’ll receive plenty of support.
When you’re not working, there’s the opportunity to get involved with the firm’s numerous diversity networks. There’s also numerous sports and social clubs, ranging from netball and yoga to a choir. You’ll get the chance to connect with like-minded people, or perhaps discover a new hobby.
What the firm says
Simmons & Simmons is a firm that has quickly adapted to the modern age, and is already anticipating the next trends. The firm recently advised Adherium, a digital health company, on a device designed to track how often asthmatic patients use their inhalers, and advised Telefonica on an agreement with Sky involving next-generation 5G services.
The firm itself even started its own research project, analysing the impact of robots and artificial intelligence on healthcare. When you’re not working on futuristic, high-stakes projects, there’s also opportunities to get involved in pro bono work. The firm’s Access to Justice programme helped migrant workers in Asia to claim damages for injuries, and over 250 people in the UK with disability appeals. Simmons & Simmons has even worked with charities like Macmillan and the British Red Cross as part of their pro-bono initiatives.
- 1st year salary London£46,000
- 1st year salary Bristol£40,500
- 2nd year salary London£50,500
- 2nd year salary Bristol£42,500
- PGDL cost fees paidYes
- PGDL living costs grant£7,500 London
- PGDL living costs grant£6,500 Bristol
- LPC/SQE Prep Course fees paidYes
- LPC/SQE Prep Course grant£9,000 London
- LPC/SQE Prep Course grant£7,500 Bristol
- UK OfficesTwo
- NQ Salary London£100,000
- NQ Salary Bristol£68,000
- Winner - Best Culture
- A-Levels AAB
- Degree 2:1
We’re looking for perceptive, ambitious future lawyers. You see the finer detail - the intricate legal framework that powers and shapes our everyday - and you’ve got the drive to be part of it. We are looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.
At Simmons & Simmons, diversity is key. The firm strongly believes that embracing those with different backgrounds and experiences creates a better law firm, one where everyone can thrive.