Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
About Slaughter and May
We are a leading international law firm with a multinational client portfolio of many of the world’s leading companies, organisations and governments. Our lawyers devise solutions for complex, often transnational, problems and advise some of the world’s brightest business minds. The firm is not organised according to a rigid structure based solely on areas of practice or types of transactions. We prefer to take a more client-led approach. We work, therefore, in flexible teams, which enable us to meet the specific needs of each client. Our largest practice areas are M&A, Financing and Corporate & Commercial. Lawyers practising in these areas work in five client-focused groups, enabling them to develop strong client relationships while maintaining broad practices. Our specialist groups, including technology, media and telecommunications, competition, financial regulation, dispute resolution, commercial real estate, intellectual property and information technology, pensions and employment and tax complement these activities.
During the two year training period trainees gain experience of a broad cross-section of our practice taking an active part in the work of four or five groups, sharing an office with a partner or experienced associate. Most trainees spend two 6 month “seats” in the corporate, commercial and financing groups. Some trainees opt to spend part of their time in the competition or financial regulation groups. Many also have one seat in the commercial real estate group. All trainees are asked where they would like to spend the remaining time. This is usually divided between one or two specialist groups and, should they wish to do so, six months abroad. Our overseas offices and close working relationships with leading independent law firms in other jurisdictions mean there are many opportunities to work in places such as Auckland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Tokyo. Our work is intellectually demanding and we look for trainees of the highest calibre.
What We Look For
We welcome graduates from every discipline with an undergraduate degree of high 2:1 standard or better. As well as having a strong academic background our lawyers need to have plenty of common sense and the willingness to accept responsibility. We are interested in applications from any source – almost 60 universities are represented among the lawyers who work in the firm.
Salary and Benefits
First twelve months - £41,000. Second twelve months - £46,000. On qualification - £70,000. Medical insurance, pension scheme, season ticket loan, special membership terms for health club, subsidised staff restaurant and coffee bar and other benefits.
Work Experience Schemes
Our work experience schemes run at Easter and during the summer, for penultimate year undergraduate students. We also run Christmas workshops for non law finalists and graduates. However, it is not necessary to have completed a work experience scheme with us, or indeed with any other firm, in order to secure a training contract with Slaughter and May.
Applications should be submitted using our online application system which can be accessed via our website or by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button below.