Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
Nabarro is a major UK commercial law firm renowned for the positive and practical way it works. Our no-nonsense approach and wide-ranging expertise help clients achieve their objectives across many sectors, both public and private.
Our commitment to clarity is revealed in our understanding of clients' objectives, our capacity to shed light on complex legal issues and the straightforward, unequivocal nature of our advice. Our culture is open; our people practical and engaging.
We have 104 partners leading more than 300 lawyers offering a broad range of legal services to major national and international clients. The firm’s headquarters are in central London. We also have offices in Sheffield, Brussels and Singapore. We draw on longstanding relationships with a network of selected firms worldwide for our cross-border work. We have strategic alliances with partner firms GSK Stockmann and Kollegen in Germany, August & Debouzy in France, Nunziante Magrone in Italy and Roca Junyent in Spain.
We work with some of the world's most innovative, successful and high profile companies in a range of industry sectors. The diversity of our client base adds to the breadth and depth of our commercial experience and expertise - experience and expertise that, in turn, helps us help our clients.
We provide services covering all areas of commercial law. Our legal expertise in commercial property, projects, technology, media and telecommunications is particularly relevant to our clients' meeting the challenges of new technology, globalisation and ongoing change.
Our award winning summer vacation scheme
Our summer vacation scheme is a three-week placement at the firm. In 2013 we will run three intakes of the scheme over the summer months (two in London, one in Sheffield).
The vacation scheme has been designed to give you a clear insight into our business, the type of work you can expect and the kind of people you will be working with. As a vacation scheme student you will be treated as a potential trainee. Each year we recruit the majority of our trainees through the scheme. You will spend the entirety of the scheme within one department, ensuring you are fully integrated into the team and receive a variety of high quality work. You will be allocated a supervisor to assist in managing your workload, and a 'buddy' (who will be a current trainee in your department), for added support.
In addition to the time you spend in your department you will be invited to breakfast briefings with the legal teams, participate in Project: Nabarro with other summer students – a team project designed to test your team working, creativity, problem solving, business acumen, organisation and entrepreneurial skills. The programme also incorporates a full social calendar to enable you to relax and have fun while mixing with the firm's trainee solicitors, associates and partners.
Our training contract has been developed to give you experience across as wide a variety of work and clients as possible. You will complete six four-month seats, not the traditional four, exposing you to a broad range of both specialist and core practice areas. To us, the training contract is the start of a long-term relationship with you – the trainees are the future of our firm.
You will receive excellent support and supervision throughout your training contract and we aim to provide a happy environment where individuals are able to fulfil their potential and ambitions. We provide high quality work, a good client base and a positive, friendly atmosphere.
Your development as a trainee is crucial to the success of the firm and the future development of our business and so we will ensure you have plenty of support and guidance from day one of your training contract. You will usually sit with your supervisor, an experienced associate, who will be there to guide and coach you through each seat. We recognise that good supervision is vital - providing you with practical day-to-day training and opportunities to develop your legal skills and knowledge.
You will meet more formally with your supervisor half way through and at the end of each seat to review your performance and set objectives. Nobody will expect you to become the finished article overnight. What we do expect is energy, enthusiasm and commitment. In return, we will provide you with a challenging career - always backed up by the appropriate level of support.
We aim to retain all our trainees on qualification and have an average retention rate of 84% over the past five years.
Application Procedures and Further Information
All applications for the summer scheme and training contracts should be made online either via https://www.apply4law.com/Nabarro/ or by using the link from our website. We do not accept paper applications or CVs.
Applications are welcomed from undergraduates and postgraduates from all disciplines. For law students, applications can be made in the penultimate year of your Law degree at the earliest. Non-law students must be, as a minimum, in the autumn/spring term of your final year to apply.
We are committed to making the most of diverse skills, expertise, experience, attitudes and backgrounds. Accordingly, there is no typical Nabarro trainee. As well as a strong academic record (minimum 2 A's and 1B at A-Level, 2:1 at degree level) we look for those capable of developing expert legal skills and commercial acumen. We are looking for well-rounded individuals who can demonstrate energy, resilience and commitment, strong interpersonal skills and teamwork.
When reviewing your application we will consider work experience (both legal and non legal), sporting and other achievements, community involvement and any positions of responsibility (past and current).
If you would like to find out more about the opportunities for graduates at Nabarro please visit our microsite at http://graduates.nabarro.com/