Chambers Student Guide: The Student's Guide to Law Firms and the Bar

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lawyer firm, the result of a 2012 merger between Minneapolis' Faegre & Benson and Indiana's Baker & Daniels. ten US offices, as well as Beijing, Shanghai and London. The feature is written after analysing the trainees’ comments as a whole. We go with the consensus views, not lone-wolf comments. But be under no illusions: you will also be on trial, because in this ever more competitive market most firms (and some more than others) treat the vac scheme almost as a pre-screening exercise when it comes to handing out training contracts. A good example of a firm that relies heavily on its vac scheme is Mishcon de Reya, which recruits all of its trainees from people it sees on its placement. More and more firms are taking this approach and recruiting trainees only from their vac schemes. But this is not (yet) the prevailing recruitment model, and many firms who offer vacation schemes have no hard and fast rules about how many they will aim to recruit from them: some firms have just as many trainees who haven't done their vac scheme as those who have.

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When on a vac scheme, become an anthropologist. Observe your environment and its inhabitants; figure out the social structures, the hierarchies, the shared values that bond people (if indeed there are any). Watch how the trainees fit in with all of this. Eavesdrop. You’ve got to be on your guard, though, because people will be conscious you’re there, and some of our sources did end up concluding: “It can be an artificial exercise – you see what they want you to see.” Your aim is to peer beyond the mask at the living, breathing, sweating entity behind it. Chambers UK-ranked for banking & finance, construction, energy and very finance-related areas. Ex-Bingham lawyers are chiefly finance/restructuring specialists. Until 1 July 2014 the term 'training contract' was used by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to designate legal traineeships. However, since 2014 it has begun using the term 'period of recognised training' and since its consultation on the SQE the SRA has started to use the term 'qualifying work experience'. However, law firms and the SRA confirmed that even after the introduction of the SQE the term 'training contract' will remain in use for the contracts entered into between firms and trainees. In addition, the actual nature of the training firms offer through their training contracts is unlikely to change as a result of the SQE, although it appears there will be some deregulation of the required elements of the training contract as outlined below. Silicon Valley headquartered firm with 10 US offices as well as Beijing, Shanghai and London. Nearly 900 lawyers worldwide. The overview of firms below is split into two sections. The first part lists US firms that have opened up an office London and grown it from scratch, while the second part lists US firms that have entered the UK market via a merger with an established British firm. There are significant differences between the two types, which we detail below. Bear in mind that certain firms in the second category had their own office in London prior to merger (sometimes well established).

The business has core strengths in finance & restructuring, insurance, real estate and dispute resolution, and in-depth industry expertise in eight core sectors, namely consumer; energy and natural resources; financial services; insurance; government and public sector; real estate; technology, media and communications; and transport. DWF is focused on delivering service excellence to all of its clients in the UK and internationally, which include major household names and FTSE listed companies. We are excited to launch our Edinburgh spring vacation scheme (one week). The firm will be recruiting trainees to be based from the Edinburgh office through the Edinburgh vacation scheme.

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Below is a listing of upcoming deadlines for training contracts. Where firms recruit only through their vac scheme the vac scheme application deadline is stated. Formerly London office of collapsed firm Heller Ehrman; joined Goodwin Procter in 2008. 26 lawyers, including 5 trainees, joined from KWM in 2017. Boston-headquartered firm with nearly 1,000 lawyers in six US offices plus London, Paris, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. As a law student on the precipice of entering the legal profession, it’s easy to feel like you’re about to plunge into shark-infested waters or amble innocently into a lion’s den, given the (often overblown) horror stories that stalk the hallways of universities. Irwin Mitchell’s trainees were keen to get the message across that their firm takes no such approach. “They talk a lot about the human touch,” one trainee mused, “so they have a real focus on people – I didn’t find it as intimidating as other firms.”

Trainees must gain practical experience in at least three distinct areas of English law (with a recommended minimum of three months in each). In practice transactional and contentious experience is required. Some firms, who may be unable to provide the necessary experience, send trainees on courses or secondments to fulfil the requirement. BProud is our well established LGBT+ network. BProud welcomes both LGBT+ members and allies. The network promotes a culture where everyone is able to be open about their sexual orientation. BProud members run and attend many LGBT+ events through the year. Manchester - commercial; construction; corporate; corporate tax; Court of Protection; family law; litigation; medical negligence; Ministry of Defence; planning; public law; real estate; serious injury; will, trust & estate disputes; workplace injury/illness

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We recommend you apply as early as possible once applications open. Why? Some firms look at applications and begin inviting candidates for interview before their deadline has passed – firms which take this approach include Ashurst , Mishcon de Reya , Penningtons Manches Cooper and Simmons & Simmons . Birmingham - corporate; corporate tax; Court of Protection; employment; family law; international serious injury; litigation; medical negligence; planning; public law; real estate; real estate disputes; restructuring & insolvency; serious injury; will, trust & estate disputes; workplace injury/illness

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We have a Gender Action Plan focussed on delivering gender balance across the firm, particularly in the partnership and senior business professional roles; designing a workplace accessible to those with additional caring responsibilities and ensuring all our people feel confident to progress in the workplace. We have been recognised as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for the second year running, demonstrating the innovative work we’ve done in this area. You’ll experience an induction, social activities, breakfast meetings, and have the opportunity to get involved with community and sports activities. Stephenson Harwood runs four placement schemes: a week-long placement in the winter, a two-week scheme in the spring, and two two-week placements over June and July. There's room for twelve candidates on each, and participants are automatically considered for a training contract. Virtual open days are taking place in November and December, with open days in the London office planned for January and March. There's no set number of places, but Burgess tells us around 50 students participated in 2023. Vac schemers will sample a variety of the firm’s seven client services departments during their visit. At the end of the week is an assessment that covers an interview with questions about the candidate's “ motivations and career aspirations, their reasons for wanting to work at Irwin Mitchell, and their awareness of what's happening in the legal world.”

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A small number of other firms, mostly smaller outfits, have told us their vacation scheme or work experience programme is also open to first-years; they include Kingsley Napley, Wedlake Bell and Wilkin Chapman. Small, regional and high-street firms may offer work experience to first-years on an ad hoc basis. However, some may prefer candidates with more academic experience. You will need to complete a Scots law degree (LLB) and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (PEAT STAGE 1). Corporate, finance, energy and litigation. Band-one ranked in Chambers UK for projects, aviation finance, mining and outsourcing. We have a Race Action Plan to continue to improve our ethnicity diversity representation within our workforce. Internally, we have an ethnic diversity reverse mentoring programme for key senior leaders, to ensure they continue to build inclusive and representative departments and processes. DWF accepts applications from any university, and looks for good A-levels/Scottish Highers (or equivalent qualifications) plus a minimum 2:1 degree (either expected or obtained). They also take mitigating circumstances into account and are using the Contextual Recruitment System, which allows them to consider academic achievements in the context in which they were gained.Long hours are often a given; however, they are more likely when you work at a large, international or corporate/ finance-focused firm, and vary depending on the area of law you're working in. Super-punishing hours are less likely at smaller, domestic, advisory or boutique firms and firms outside the big cities. We are delighted to share all of the contents of our guide but in a brilliant e-guide, so no matter where you are, you have the ultimate resource to a career in law at your fingertips. Over the past 12 months, the Chambers Student team has interviewed hundreds of trainee lawyers and conducted research into the ever-changing UK legal market to provide you with the most insightful and helpful resources to start a career in law. Sheffield - construction; Court of Protection; employment; family law; medical negligence; public law; real estate; real estate disputes; regulatory investigations; residential property; restructuring & insolvency; serious injury; will, trust & estate disputes; workplace injury/illness

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