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Travers Smith Trainee Recruitment

Training Contracts and Vacation Schemes

Travers Smith Trainee Recruitment
31 July 2015
31 July 2016
London (Central), London (Greater)
Experience Level
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Further information

Training contract deadline:                      29th July 2016

Winter vacation scheme deadline:           Ongoing

Spring vacation scheme deadline:           31st January 2016


First year: £40,500

Second year: £45,000

Post Qualification: £70,000


Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.

Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds.  It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.

A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen lawyers within overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and demanding standards for quality.

Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.

The firm’s excellent lawyers take an entrepreneurial approach and pride themselves on building a genuine in-depth understanding and interest in our clients' businesses. And this certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed; Travers Smith has a very long list of high profile clients, both new and long-standing.

What we do:

The main areas of our practice are commercial (including IP and IT), corporate (corporate finance, private equity and investment funds), employment, employee incentives, environment and operational regulatory, EU and competition, dispute resolution, finance, financial services and regulatory, pensions, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, and tax.

Who should apply:

We’ll give you responsibility from day one – you will quickly find yourself on the phone to clients, in meetings and handling your own work (with guidance where needed). As such the firm looks for people who can combine academic excellence with common sense; who are determined, articulate and able to think on their feet, and who take their work but not themselves seriously.

Applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates.

Training Programme:

The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers, and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.

During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in our corporate department and another six months in a contentious seat. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other departments.  Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.

Travers Smith is a collegiate firm – we treat people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for our clients.  This has led to a climate of shared goals, supported by a friendly and engaging team spirit.

Work placements: Students spend two weeks with the firm; each week they are able to experience a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainee solicitors.

The workload includes attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a 'City tour', plenty of sporting and social activities such as softball and mixed hockey, 'working' lunches and informal evening events.

The firm looks for people who combine academic excellence with common sense; those who are determined and articulate, can think on their feet and take their work but not themselves seriously.

When and how to apply: Apply online through cvMail via our website at for a training contract commencing in either September 2018 or March 2019. Applications open on 1 October 2015 and the deadline is 31 July 2016.

Recent work: Advising Pets at Home in connection with its IPO, advising management on the sale of the University of Law, advising Zoopla on the acquisition of price comparison website uSwitch and advising Cath Kidston as it took a new investment by Baring Private Equity Asia. Other clients range from Bridgepoint, JP Morgan, Macquarie, through to Shazam, Agent Provocateur, Revolutions Bars and Pret A Manger, the trustees of the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme and The Pinewood Group

Probono initiatives

A4ID, BPP Legal Advice Clinic, LawWorks, Paddington Legal Advice Centre, Domestic Violence Intervention Project

Diversity access schemes

Rare Recruitment, Aspiring Solicitors, SEO, Bright Network, Stonewall, PRIME

Working with local communities

  • Lawyers in schools
  • Prospects
  • Reading partners
  • BEE Financial Literacy Programme
  • Impetus:  Private Equity Foundation
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Travers Smith Trainee Recruitment

A leading independent City firm with a major corporate and commercial practice.