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 Shaunna Morey on [email protected] or +44 20 7466 3138 in the Graduate Recruitment team or any other member of the Graduate Recruitment team on [email protected].

In order to be eligible for our vacation schemes, you must be able to work for a minimum of 35 hours per week during the vacation scheme programme period. However if for any reason you would not be able to work on this basis or require any adjustments in order to be able to participate, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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Our application process has three stages.

Before you apply, have you visited our employee pages? Head over to learn more about our firm and the people who work here, or ask a question that might strengthen your application.

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Application form

The first step is to complete a simple online form. We want to know about your academic credentials, language abilities and other relevant skills you have gained through extra-curricular activities and work experience. Make sure you indicate how the experience you've gained demonstrates your potential to become a great lawyer.

We do not have a UCAS point (or equivalent) requirement. We do expect people to have or to be on track to get a 2:1 degree, or a comparable qualification.

It’s not all about academia. We also want to know about your extra-curricular interests and work experience. We are looking for well-rounded individuals.

As an international firm with a broad network of offices, we are keen to see applications from individuals with business fluency in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

 

We take into account mitigating circumstances, where appropriate, when assessing your application form - for example in relation to academic performance.

See our hints and tips below for guidance on how to complete the narrative sections of the form.

Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to offer individual feedback on application forms.

Completing the form

Before you start the form, do your research about the firm and the role. 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. If you finished your studies some time ago, your academics may be less relevant than your subsequent work experience.
  • You will need to give us a breakdown of all of your A levels (or equivalent), undergraduate module results and any postgraduate results, including from Law School.
  • If you did not study in the UK, please input your grades and, to help us contextualise your achievements, tell us a bit about the grading system in the "further information" section.  We receive many applications from all over the world and have familiarity with many overseas qualifications.  If we don't know, we can find out from our network.
  • 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, the skills you gained and think about why this could be relevant to your application to us.
  • We have a word limit of 600 words so make sure you are concise and sensible about what you include.
  • You do not need to have legal work experience to get an interview for a vacation scheme. We recommend that, when describing your legal and non-legal work experience, you tell us about the skills you gained that are relevant to a career in law with us.
  • If you have attended law fairs, open days or met us at an event, let us know. Taking the time to meet us helps to show your motivation.
  • Don’t talk about your skills in a list. It is much better to use your experiences to highlight the skills you have learnt and how they are relevant to a career in law.
  • 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 at our firm. 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.

How to apply - assessment day

ONLINE VERBAL REASONING TEST

This test will present you with written information and comprehension questions. It’s designed to measure your ability to evaluate and interpret the written word - something that’s absolutely critical to being a good lawyer. We use this test as it has been shown to be a strong indicator of future good performance as a lawyer.

The verbal reasoning test is timed.

Take a practice test

ASSESSMENT DAY

If you reach the benchmark on our online verbal reasoning test and if your application form meets our criteria, you’ll be invited to an assessment day where you'll meet a number of partners who will assess your suitability for a vacation scheme or training contract.

During the assessment day, you’ll undertake a group activity, an interview with one partner and a technical case study exercise with a different partner. The technical case study will require you to deliver a ten minute presentation at the start. You’ll also have lunch with a partner and go on a tour of the office with a current trainee. So you’ll have the chance to ask questions informally about life at the firm.

Please note: that you may be asked to sit a verification test at our assessment day. This helps us to ensure that the process is fair for all candidates.

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. Make sure that whatever you decide to talk about in the interview, you know the 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 and ask yourself why working on these matters appeal to you.
  • 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 our presentations, workshops, informal networking sessions or any other events that we run either at your university or in our offices.
  • 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 each interview, there will be time for you to ask questions.
Key Dates
Key Dates

Take a look at the key application dates below. Our culture promotes inclusivity, fairness and equality. Therefore, if you need any adjustments made to enable you to participate in the recruitment process, please contact Shaunna Morey on [email protected] or +44 20 7466 3138 in the Graduate Recruitment team or any other member of the Graduate Recruitment team on [email protected].

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FIRST-YEAR WORKSHOPS (first years of any discipline)

Workshop 1: 26-27 March 2018

Workshop 2: 9-10 April 2018

Apply between: 1 – 31 January 2018
(open to students of any discipline)

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We advise you get your application in as early as possible.

CAMPUS AMBASSADORS (first years of any discipline)

Apply between: 1 January – 20 March 2018

Interviews: March - April 2018

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We advise you get your application in as early as possible.

VACATION SCHEMES

WINTER SCHEME

Scheme: 4 - 15 December 2017

Apply between: 18 September - 23 October 2017

Assessment centres: November 2017
(open to finalists and graduates only)


SPRING SCHEME

Scheme: 3 - 13 April 2018

Apply between: 18 September – 29 December 2017

Assessment centres: November 2017 and January – March 2018
(open to penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)


SUMMER VACATION SCHEMES

Summer scheme 1: 18 June – 6 July 2018

Summer scheme 2: 9 July – 27 July 2018

Apply between 18 September – 29 December 2017

Assessment centres: November 2017 and January – March 2018
(penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

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We advise you get your application in as early as possible.

TRAINING CONTRACTS

Apply between: 18 September – 29 December 2017

Assessment centres: November 2017 and January – March 2018
(open to finalists and graduates only)

Apply between: 1 June – 31 July 2018

Assessment centres: August 2018
(penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

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We advise you get your application in as early as possible.

Open Days

DISPUTES OPEN DAY

10 November 2017

Apply between: 18 September – 16 October 2017
(open to students of any discipline)


IP OPEN DAY

8 December 2017

Apply between: 1 October – 10 November 2017
(open to Science, Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Maths students - STEM subjects)