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"During my training contract, I had support from the Graduate Development team and together we produced an 'Information Passport' that I updated every 6 months. This set out details of any assistance that I might require and provided some information about my physical disability."

Hannah Langford

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About Us

Pinsent Masons' commitment to diversity is at our core and it extends to all aspects of our business. We aim to remove barriers for candidates with disabilities and promote an environment that supports health and wellbeing for all.

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, specialising particularly in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The firm employs around 3000 people in total, including over 1500 lawyers and more than 420 partners. The firm's international footprint encompasses offices across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, continental Europe and Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK's three legal jurisdictions.

With the demographics of the UK changing rapidly, diversity is essential for us as a progressive firm. We want to attract the best clients, and recruit and retain the best people.

Pinsent Masons is a place where people are valued, irrespective of their background, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Collectively we are a strong firm that provides good advice to clients because we have a wide range of people with different skills and experience – and because we aim to ensure that every one of those people experiences a rewarding and enjoyable career with us.

Investing in the development of our diverse workforce not only puts us in the best position of meeting the needs of our clients and our business, it also gives us a competitive edge. We have established a number of employee network groups at Pinsent Masons to bring people together into communities, helping them to feel respected and connected. Establishing these groups has also helped the firm understand different points of view, allowing us to integrate them into the decisions we make for ourselves and for our clients. Some of our diversity networks include:-

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Group
  • Multi-Cultural Network
  • Disability and Wellbeing Group
  • Family Support Network
  • Female Futures
  • Multi-Faith Group
This year we’ve continued to recruit graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds into our business, with a particular focus on social mobility, encouraging applications from people with disabilities and BAME candidates. We have a number of partnerships with various diversity organisations to help us deliver our diversity strategy.

Did you know?

Pinsent Masons has been named as a Stonewall Top Global Employer.

Senior partner at Pinsent Masons, Richard Foley, said:

"Being genuinely valued and respected at work is empowering for the individual and the business. We want to create a working environment that values the power of diversity and allows all of our people to bring their whole selves to work. This is essential to establishing trust and rapport not only across our own workforce but with clients, suppliers and the wider community."

Pinsent Masons is a Top 50 employer for social mobility.

Deborah McCormack, Head of Recruitment & Graduate Development, commented:

"Seeking talent from the widest pool is a strategic objective. Actively looking for and supporting candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds is a key area of focus when we consider our talent pipeline. Having a rich & diverse workforce benefits everyone, underpinning a culture where people can learn from each other and truly realise potential. We are delighted to have been ranked within the top 50 this year. This gives our business a great platform to build on as we take our social mobility strategy forward."

Pinsent Masons won Diversity Innovation at Legal Week Innovation Awards 2017.

Accessibility Awards

2017: 15th place, Top 50 employers in UK Social Mobility Employer Index
2017: #2 in Stonewall Index (top law firm)
2017: Won Diversity Innovation category at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2017 for Project Sky.
2017: HR in Law Awards: Best HR communication for PM@PM portal which is designed to support our people on family leave at every stage of that journey.


  • Internships We recruit around 100 Vacation Placement students across all of our UK offices each summer. During the Vacation Placement, attendees will be fully immersed in all aspects of working life at Pinsent Masons. They will experience a structured programme of work-based learning, skills training and presentations, as well as plenty of socialising and networking.

    Pinsent Masons typically recruit around 60-70% of their Trainee Solicitors through this programme, but acknowledge that not everyone can undertake a placement and also fill a number of Training Contract placements directly.

    Intake: 2 intakes in each office during the summer, 1 intake in Aberdeen and Belfast
    Length: 2 weeks in our Belfast and English offices, 3 weeks in our Scottish offices


  • Graduate Opportunities Our two-year Training Contract comprises four six-month seats, spent in four different practice groups, combining regulatory and skills training. Seat allocations take account of Trainees, preferences and aim to strike a balance between their choices and the firm's requirements.

    In each seat Trainees will be supervised by a senior colleague who will guide them through their learning and development. There is also full support from Pinsent Masons' Graduate Development team who will provide pastoral support and meet Trainees regularly to discuss their on-going performance and guide them through the NQ process.

    Intake: September
    Length: 2 years

Additional Opportunities

Tips for applying

The Graduate Recruitment Team share their top tips for applying to a Vacation Placement or Training Contract at Pinsent Masons.

  • Do your research Do your research on the firm. Explain why you'd love to work for Pinsent Masons, why you are interested in a career in commercial law, and why our core values are complementary to your own values.
  • Be yourself Our application process is a chance for you to showcase your abilities and achievements. We want to hear about your extra curricular activities and interests too.
  • Be open If you have extenuating circumstances or require reasonable adjustments to fully participate in our recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We'll do everything we can to make the adjustments you need, allowing you to perform at your best.

Your Plus

Have a look at our graduate recruitment website for more detailed information on our competencies

  • Commercially aware/interested
  • Confident
  • Detail-conscious
  • Driven
  • Intellectually capable
  • Organised

Recruitment Adjustments

Pinsent Masons is committed to removing barriers for candidates with disabilities and ensuring that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. We have listed some examples below of reasonable adjustments we have made in the past. Please speak with us about your individual requirements and we will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of our recruitment process.

  • Additional time We are very happy to allow extra time for you to complete any of the tests which form part of our assessment centre, for either vacation placement or training contract.
  • Adjustment of materials We can arrange for adjustment of materials or extra assistance during our assessment centres. Adjustments include providing laptops, reading support and materials in large text.
  • Contact point You will have a dedicated point of contact in the Graduate Recruitment team for any questions you may have. Any information you provide us with is treated with the strictest confidence.

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    Hannah Langford, Newly Qualified Solicitor "During my training contract, I had support from the Graduate Development team and together we produced an 'Information Passport' that I updated every 6 months. This set out details of any assistance that I might require and provided some information about my physical disability."

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