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Slaughter and May

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.

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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. Most 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. Previous secondments have included Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo and Toronto. We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. Starting salaries begin at £43,000 for the first year of training, and rise to £48,000 in the second year. We look for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds with a good 2:1 at undergraduate level from any university, and take an equal mix of law and non-law graduates.

Work Experience Opportunities

We offer Open Days, Workshops and Work Experience Schemes to enable you to gain an insight into life as a City lawyer. Full details of these opportunities can be found on our website.

What Do We Look For?

Our trainees come from a range of universities, it is the quality of the candidate, not the university, that is important to us.

For more information and to apply please visit our website.

We attend a number of careers fairs throughout the year.

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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.

This is why diversity and inclusion is core to our continued success. Constantly striving to fulfil our commitment and achieve our ambition in this area is a core part of who we are.

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.

If you have any questions, or require any adjustments to be made to the application process, interview process, or for a visit to the office our Graduate Recruitment team can help. Please login or sign up to view contact details.

Our recruitment team regularly attend the Graduate Recruitment Disability Café, which supports recruiters build their confidence and knowledge about disability in recruitment.

Slaughter and May are also members of the Business Disability Forum and individuals within the firm attend regular conferences and seminars helping the firm to establish barrier-free processes and procedures; and ensure that we adhere to the latest guidelines on disability. We also host some of these events on behalf of the Business Disability Forum.

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.