Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. Our excellent and varied client list ranges from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs. We are a full service law firm to corporate clients and have leading practitioners across a wide range of practice areas including Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Tax, Competition, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. 

Clients need us to ensure that the service we offer is cutting edge, both in terms of harnessing latest market developments, such as legal tech, as well as the quality of our advice. We are committed to a forward thinking, innovative approach to legal service delivery to complement the best in class, business focused advice on which our reputation is built.

We take great store in drawing strength from diversity. With 111 different degree courses from 83 different universities and 31 nationalities represented among our lawyers, our culture is extremely broad.


The Training Contract

During the two-year training contract, trainees turn their hand to a broad range of work, taking an active role in four, five or six legal groups while sharing an office with a partner or experienced associate. All trainees spend at least two six-month seats in our market leading corporate, commercial and financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, they choose how to spend the remaining time. 

Our overseas offices and close working relationships with market-leading law firms in other jurisdictions mean there are opportunities for trainees to apply for a secondment in their second year.

We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year.


Work Experience Opportunities

We offer open days, workshops and work experience schemes to enable you to gain an insight into life as a commercial lawyer.

Full details of all of our opportunities can be found on our website - http://www.slaughterandmay.com/careers/trainee-solicitors/.


The Firm

White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2,200 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an enviable network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 165 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices.  As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.


The Work

As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career.  In London, our key areas of work include: bank finance (including regulatory compliance); financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).


Freshfields is one of the world’s oldest and most successful international law firms. As such, we have a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on their business-critical mandates, wherever and whenever they arise. Whether it’s entering new markets, defending corporate reputation or managing multi-jurisdictional regulation, we are renowned for breaking new legal ground to help clients go further.

Our 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices in the world’s main business centres. We also work alongside leading local firms and, as a result, more than a third of our revenue comes from markets where we don’t have a permanent presence. Our commitment, local and multinational expertise, and business know-how means our clients can rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a rapidly changing world.


A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. All of this gives Hogan Lovells a different dynamic to other global law firms. It’s why many prestigious, forward-thinking clients choose to work with them. The firm has a reputation not just for the consistently high quality of its 2,600 lawyers, but also for its sense of community. The network of over 48 global offices collaborates closely. Together, their teams of corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property lawyers tackle some of the most intricate legal and commercial issues that businesses face.

Here, trainee solicitors don’t just master law. They develop industry expertise and explore the principles of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

Each year, the firm takes on up to 50 trainee solicitors – both law and non-law graduates. The two-year training contract is split into four six-month ‘seats’. During this time, trainee solicitors move around four different practice areas, including corporate, finance, and dispute resolution. Graduates will gain exposure to and develop a rounded understanding of international law, and they will have an opportunity to apply for an international or client secondment.

Hogan Lovells also runs highly-regarded summer and winter vacation schemes. Up to 55 places are available in total. Each lasts up to three weeks, and gives participants the chance to work alongside partners, associates and trainees in major practice areas. Students are exposed to two or three practice areas and learn to draft documents, carry out legal research, attend meetings and in some cases attend court. This hands-on learning is complemented by tailored workshops, case studies and social events.

Please visit www.hoganlovells.com/graduates for further information.