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Careers with Travers Smith

Travers Smith recruit for both training contracts and vacation schemes. If the firm is accepting applications for any position, these will be listed below. 

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Training Programme/Environment

Travers Smith’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy and unparalleled opportunities to learn by osmosis from some of the most senior people at the firm. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one. 

During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in one of the firm’s corporate departments and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of its other specialist teams. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.

Travers Smith is a collaborative firm – employees treat each other with respect and the firm encourages its people to be themselves. The firm is very proud of the close-knit, supportive and non-hierarchical culture this creates. 

Work Placements

Travers Smith's Winter vacation scheme is a one week virtual scheme. 

During Summer 2022 the firm will hold 3 Vacation Schemes – each will run for one week and will be an in-person scheme at their office in London. 

Vacation Scheme students will be paid £750 for completing the week.

The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. Travers Smith extend their internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.

The exact dates of each scheme are 20 June – 24 June, 27 June – 1 July, and 4 July – 8 July. 

Travers Smith understand that due to the current Covid-19 situation some of you may be more cautious than others about attending in person schemes, therefore, if there are enough requests, one of the in-person schemes may be held virtually. Although this will be solely based on demand. 

Applications opened on 11 October 2021 and will close on 17 January 2022. Interviews will only be allocated once all applications have been processed (around mid-February). 

Please note their interview process will be held virtually and run by a senior member of their Graduate Recruitment Panel. For more information on the panel please visit their recruitment team webpage.