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"My experience has been that talking to my colleagues and HR about my hearing impairment has really helped me understand better what support I need and has given me the confidence to do my job despite some of the challenges." - Valerie Kemp, Associate

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About Us

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.

A World of Difference

There are clear differences between us and other global law firms.

At Slaughter and May we train each of our lawyers to be a multi-specialist equipped to advise on a broad range of legal matters, which at other firms would be handled by a number of different lawyers. We think that by broadening your training and experience, you will be a better lawyer. We have built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to difficult problems. This reputation has been earned because each of our lawyers advises on broad legal areas, combining experience gained on one type of transaction to solve problems in another. In this way, our lawyers have a varied and interesting workload and ample opportunities to develop close relationships with clients.

Nearly all of our work has an international element and we have offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing. In other jurisdictions we prefer to remain agile by leading unified, hand-picked teams of lawyers from market-leading law firms. All the firms we work with across the world have a reputation for excellence and independence that mirrors our own.

At Slaughter and May we also take a different approach to time; there are no set billing or time targets. Some ideas take a matter of seconds but are can save companies millions of pounds a year. The type of work we do is not always measurable in minutes. In this way, our lawyers are free to work collaboratively, sharing expertise and knowledge, so that they can concentrate on what matters most, the quality of the work and client service.

For more information please visit www.slaughterandmay.com

Did you know?

You will find people from a diverse range of religious, racial and social backgrounds at Slaughter and May. Among our lawyers, 24 nationalities and 61 different universities are represented.

Accessibility Awards

  • Stonewall Top 100 Employe
  • Two of our partners feature in the EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders 2017.
We support a number of charities and non-profits who help us develop our culture of inclusion and engage with diverse communities including:
  • 30% Club
  • Business Disability Forum
  • Business in the Community Race at Work and Gender Equality campaigns
  • Employers for Carers
  • EMpower
  • OUTstanding
  • Stonewall Global Diversity Champions programme

Internship

  • 1st year open days Description: Our open days provide first year students with an insight into the legal profession and City law firms.
    Intake: March/April
    Length: 1 day
  • Work experience schemes Description: Our work experience schemes provide penultimate year students with the opportunity to get involved in legal work and attend training sessions.
    Intake: March/April and June, July and September
    Length: 1-week scheme at Easter and 3-week scheme in each of June, July and September
  • Winter workshops Description: Our workshops give finalists and graduates an insight into the firm and the work that we do.
    Intake: December
    Length: 2 days

Graduate

  • Training Contract Description: 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.
    Intake: Please visit our website for details
    Length: 2 Years

Additional Opportunities

  • Career fairs We hold our main presentations on campus during October and November. We also attend university law fairs and run skills events and workshops throughout the year. These events will be advertised with individual universities through their law clubs/societies, careers services and law faculties.

Tips for applying

What's your advice to students who are thinking of applying to your organisation? Note: Think broadly about the potential questions students with disabilities may ask.

  • Check your application before you submit it Always take the time to proof read your application for typos or errors before you submit it or ask a friend to check it over for you.
  • Prepare for your interview Preparation is all about doing your research on us and being able to answer questions like why are you applying to us specifically and why do you want to work as a commercial solicitor?
  • Get in touch If you have any queries, contact the Trainee Recruitment Team. We will be happy to talk through any concerns and answer your questions.

Your Plus

Excellence never comes from just one perspective. Our teams are drawn from lawyers from different backgrounds and with different viewpoints. They deliver the best advice for our clients by collaborating to find innovative, commercial solutions. A fully open and inclusive environment ensures that the brightest minds will always flourish.

We aim to employ the brightest minds regardless of what or where they have studied you will find graduates from over 84 universities at Slaughter and May.

Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious beliefs and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

A law degree is not essential, only about half of our trainees studied law as undergraduates.

We like people with:
energy and spark who can relate to those around them
common sense, integrity and drive
a range of interests outside of the law
a sharp intellect our work is intellectually demanding so the minimum standard we look for is three strong A levels (or equivalent) and either a high 2:1 or a 1st in your first degree
independent thought
commercial awareness
resolve and judgement
an interesting take on things
the ability to show grit under pressure
a good sense of humour

To thrive here, you will also need enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to accept responsibility.

Recruitment Adjustments

Slaughter and May is committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. We have included some examples below but we would encourage candidates to get in touch to discuss their individual needs.

  • Extra time We can arrange for candidates to be given extra time to complete the written exercise and article reading.
  • Equipment/materials Candidates can bring their own equipment with them for example laptops with screen readers. We can also provide a printer if candidates would prefer to check their work in hard copy rather than on the screen and we can provide materials in a large font.
  • Timings We can adjust the timings of the day where necessary to include breaks.

Workplace Support

We have a Disability Working Group which includes representatives from across the firm, including partners, who work together to ensure our policies, practices and processes are inclusive of disabled people, and that our recruitment process is disability confident.

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