Complex cross-border deals. A market-leading disputes division. International secondments. Four seat rotations. If you’re ready to be a part of it all, we’re ready to hear from you.

We look to recruit exceptional people, whatever your background.

If you need any adjustments to be made to enable you to participate fully in the recruitment process, please get in touch with Sharmin Sultana on [email protected] or +44 20 7466 3115 in the Graduate Recruitment team or any other member of the Graduate Recruitment team on [email protected].

Please note: we conduct pre-employment screening prior to the start of your training contract. This will include checks of previous employment, qualifications, references and criminal records.

Hints and tips
COMPLETING THE FORM

Before you start the form, do your research about the firm and the role and think about the skills needed for the job and the way in which you could demonstrate them.

  • Look for the specified criteria. This is particularly true for academic requirements. If you don’t meet them, think about whether you should be applying.
  • You will need to give us a breakdown of all of your secondary education results and undergraduate module results.
  • Please include information on the grading system at your school and university.
  • When telling us about your extra-curricular activities and work experience, please use a narrative form, rather than a list of bullet points. For each activity or role, give us a few examples of how you were involved and think about why this could be relevant to your application to us
  • We don't have a strict word limit but be concise and sensible about how much you include
  • You do not need to have legal work experience to get an interview for the internship.
  • If you have attended law fairs, open days or met us at an event, feel free to let us know. It helps to show your motivation
  • Don’t list out skills you have – we'll figure that out from the examples!
  • We give candidates the option of applying online or on a paper form. It doesn’t matter which you use, the applications are treated in exactly the same way. If you need a paper form, please contact [email protected]
  • Check your spelling and grammar. Ask someone else to read over your form
  • Keep a copy of your form. If you’re invited to an assessment day, you’ll need a good knowledge of the examples on your form as you may be questioned about them. Also, make a note of any reference number, just in case you have to follow it up later

And finally...

Remember the purpose of the application form is to highlight your breadth of skills and suitability for the position. Make sure you make the most of every part of the form – the narrative section is just as important as your academic record. We are looking for well-rounded individuals.

THE ASSESSMENT DAY

Preparation before the assessment day

  • Thoroughly review your application. Be comfortable with what you have written and be prepared to answer questions about it
  • Think about the types of questions you may be asked – if you were interviewing, what would you want to know? Make sure that whatever you decide to talk about in the interview, you know your subject well and can talk clearly and intelligently about it
  • Research our firm and think about why you are particularly interested in joining us. Find out what major deals/matters we have been involved in for example
  • Be prepared to talk about why you are particularly interested in a career in commercial law. How have you come to make this decision?
  • Gain as much exposure as possible to our people. You can do this by attending drinks receptions, presentations, workshops or any other events that we run either at your university or in our offices. Your careers service may be able to put you in touch with relevant alumni
  • Attend mock interview sessions at your university
  • Interviews are a two-way process: you should want to find out about us as well. Think about what you would like to know about us. At the end of the interview, most interviewers will give you a chance to ask questions
DURING THE ASSESSMENT DAY

Group exercise tips

The purpose of the group exercise is to observe the behaviour of participants as they interact, often simulating a typical team situation in the workplace. All candidates will be provided with a brief in the group exercise and will have the opportunity to ask questions before the exercise begins. There will be a time allowance for candidates to familiarise themselves with the task and to make notes before the discussion.

During the discussion, the assessors will make notes of the candidates' behaviour and contributions, both verbal and non-verbal, and observe evidence of the required skills.

  • Try to relax during the exercise and behave as you naturally would in that situation; people with different team and communication styles can perform equally well in this exercise
  • Although it is important to contribute, do not talk just for the sake of it. It is not a competition to see who can dominate the group. The quality of what you say is more important than the quantity. However, if you say nothing or very little, you are missing the chance to demonstrate your skills
  • Try to prepare beforehand by thinking about your strengths and weaknesses when communicating and working with others; think of situations in the past when you have worked in a team and how your behaviour impacted on those around you
  • Try to move the discussion forward in a constructive way
  • Speak clearly and concisely
  • Think about the way you are sitting, try not to cross your arms and try to look relaxed and confident. At the same time, try not to slouch, or look too laid-back

Interview tips

  • When you meet the interviewer, shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact. Remember his or her name
  • Consider again the tips on body language used in the group exercise
  • Take your time to answer questions. If you are unsure as to what the interviewer is asking of you, ask for clarification
  • When asked to provide examples to demonstrate your capabilities, use the best examples you have, but do not use the same example for every question area
  • Use a balance of academic, work experience and extra-curricular activities in your examples
  • You will be asked why you want to join our firm and why you are interested in commercial law – do your research, be prepared and make it individual to you
  • If you are asked about what you have been following in the news, pick a commercial example you have an opinion on and can engage in discussion about. It may even be something the firm has been involved in
  • Make sure you listen to and answer the question – try not to go off on a tangent

Case study presentation tips

  • There is no need to prepare anything before the day of your case study exercise, beyond continuing to build your commercial knowledge and understanding
  • On the day, when starting the exercise, make certain that you pay particular attention to the amount of preparation time
  • Think logically in order to structure the content of the presentation and use information to make a case or advance an argument. Be prepared to justify your responses in conversation with the interviewer once your presentation is complete
  • Speak clearly, audibly and distinctly to the interviewer, using appropriate language (such as technical jargon or terminology) and varying the tone of your voice
  • Again, consider your body language
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, be honest and say so. If appropriate, tell the interviewer how you would go about finding the answer
  • Take your time before answering a question to ensure that the answer you are giving is considered, logical and presented in a concise manner
After the assessment day
  • Review how you got on. Think about what you did well and what could be improved
  • Reflect on the questions the assessors asked and the examples you used in response
  • We will let you know the outcome quickly
  • If you are unsuccessful, make sure to ask the team for detailed feedback