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By working with the graduate recruitment team, who will ensure that both the firm’s and the SRA’s requirements are met, London trainees can tailor their Training Contracts from a range of different seats during the two-year programme. You’ll undertake four seat rotations and for each seat you’ll share a room with a partner or senior associate who’ll supervise your work and development.

As well as completing rotations across our core practice areas, we also offer exciting secondment opportunities. These could take you to one of our international offices (Hong Kong or Chicago) or, if you don’t want to stray too far, a client secondment in the UK.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Before beginning the Training Contract, we ask all of our future trainees to attend our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP in London. This bespoke course offers you tailored electives that have been devised in collaboration with our lawyers. It also includes US law modules, as well as negotiation and research tasks. During the course we’ll ensure that you feel part of the firm from day one. To give you regular contact with the firm, there will be a number of practice area presentations from our partners and associates. You’ll also have career development 1:1’s with the graduate recruitment team, as well as regular social events with the other LPC students.

Training and development during your Training Contract

While in each practice area, you’ll attend legal training and workshops specific to that group and area of law. Here, you’ll participate in practice group meetings where recent legal developments and updates are discussed. You’ll also benefit from briefing sessions on key legal developments and in-house databases, provided by professional support lawyers. We’ll make sure your expectations are met, providing you with guidance and support throughout your two years. Your supervisor will give you an appraisal halfway through and at the end of each seat to ensure your personal development and progress is tracked.

Professional Skills Course

Prior to qualifying, all trainees must complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC). You’ll complete this during your two-year Training Contract.

The course comprises three core modules:

  • Financial and business skills
  • Advocacy and communication skills
  • Client care and professional standards

Alongside these core modules, we’ll also ask you to complete the four electives:

  • Introduction to the City
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Presentation Skills

Trainee Development Centre

Finally, during your Training Contract you’ll complete our internal Trainee Development Centre (TDC), designed to enhance your client handling skills and business acumen through a live project. TDC works to improve your self-awareness, client handling, project management, awareness of the mechanics of a business and team working skills, as well as offering an understanding of ways to enhance your professional reputation.

Open to: Undergraduates & graduates (all disciplines)

Apply: From 1 November 2020 and close 31 January 2021.

Application process

  • Online application
  • Online verbal reasoning and situational judgement tests
  • Telephone Interview with Graduate Recruitment
  • Assessment Day – This will include a number of group and individual assessments as well as an interview.

Intake dates: September and March each year (please note: we are now recruiting for start dates of 2021/2022).