Our schemes

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Open Days

Throughout October and November we'll be running a series of Open Days where you'll get the chance to learn more about the firm and hear from both senior lawyers and trainee solicitors. Our Open Days will be hosted in person and online so you can select a date and format which works for you. You'll need to complete an application form to attend.

First-year opportunities

In April 2024 we'll be hosting our two-day First Year Insight Scheme where you'll get the chance to learn more about the firm, network and think commercially. The First Year Insight Scheme is a great step to ensure you're ready to apply for the 2025 Summer Vacation Scheme.

To apply for our 2024 First Year Scheme, you'll need to be in the first year of your degree (studying any subject) and complete an application form to attend.

Summer Vacation Scheme

Our award-winning scheme lets you experience what it's like to be a trainee solicitor in a fast-paced international law firm. You’ll spend two weeks immersed in two different practice areas, gaining first-hand experience under the supervision of our approachable associates and partners.

You'll also be involved in socials, networking opportunities, pro bono work and more, so you'll end the scheme with invaluable experience and a clear sense of career direction. To be eligible to apply for our Summer Vacation Scheme you'll need to be in the second year of your degree or beyond.

Our 2024 Summer Vacation Scheme is the only way to be considered for a September 2025/26 training contract position with the firm. Applications open on 1 September and close on 1 December.

Starting your career can be daunting. We appreciate this and will support you as you transition from university to working life.

Our training contract

Within a small intake of around 25 graduates, you'll find the support you need to flourish throughout your training contract while benefiting from the experience you need to become a brilliant lawyer. Across two years, you'll move through four six-months seats in different practice groups. All trainee solicitors take on a seat in either Corporate or Finance, and at least one seat must involve contentious work.

We offer up to 23 training contracts each year in London, and 2 training contracts in Cambridge. Regardless of whether you're based in London or Cambridge, we'll provide you with all the training and experience to help you succeed.

Support and benefits


Starting your career can be daunting. We appreciate this and will support you as you transition from university to working life.

  • We'll pay your tuition fees for the PGDL and SQE, to be studied at the University of Law London; our chosen law school provider. During your studies we'll also supply you with a £12,500 pa maintenance grant. Before you commence your training contract with the firm, you will undertake the SQE 1 and SQE 2 examination. We have partnered with University of Law for this course, which will enable you to gain a breadth of knowledge before commencing these examinations. Additionally, you will also undertake an SQE plus course to provide you with further legal knowledge ahead of joining the firm, which includes a master's.
  • We'll invite you to regular social events during your time at law school, so you can start to build your network and meet current trainee solicitors.
  • We'll maintain regular contact with you so you're always well supported and connected, with our Early Talent team on hand to answer any questions you have.
  • We'll match you with a buddy – a former trainee solicitor from your practice area - when you start your training contract who'll introduce you to colleagues and help you settle in.


Our people are our business. And to deliver their best work, they need to be at their best. Improving wellbeing is vital to our inclusive culture and we offer a competitive package of employee benefits focused on supporting health, wellbeing and fulfilment.

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