Careers FAQs

To apply for any of our roles, please follow the links within each vacancy.

Unfortunately we are unable to employ anyone in our UK offices who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK or to sponsor work permits, unless we are unable to recruit from UK or EU sources.

This will obviously depend on the role, but we would always be prepared to discuss this. We also encourage candidates to make speculative applications to us even if there isn’t currently a vacancy which matches their requirements.

In all cases we screen applications against objective selection criteria which will vary according to the role.

There may be specific qualities which apply to individual roles or teams and these will always be outlined in the job description. However, the common characteristics we look for in all our people are confident communication skills, a flexible, team-oriented approach and a positive and enthusiastic attitude. The key skills we look for when assessing lawyers for positions within the firm is the ability to give sound legal advice in a practical and commercial way.

Please let us know at the earliest possible opportunity of any disability which you feel may impact your performance and we will work with you to make any adjustments we can to help you perform at your best.

We can make a contribution towards travel expenses for those travelling to interview from outside the local area, provided this has been agreed at the outset.

We aim to get back to you with feedback within one week of your interview. It is often the case that we are able to contact you faster than this, but where there are several candidates involved in the process, we think it’s fairer to see everyone before giving feedback. If you are unsure at any stage about what is happening with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to update you.

We go to great lengths to recruit the right people for the firm and we therefore want to ensure we do everything we can to retain them. This means offering opportunities to grow with the firm. Of course, career paths will be different according to individual aspirations, but we provide a supportive framework for talented individuals to develop their skills and careers. This includes formal and informal training opportunities as well as internal transfers and regular reviews.

We do provide support towards professional qualifications as long as they are relevant to the role and a business case for the qualification has been approved.

This varies from team to team. Examples of the many activities on offer include charity events, team sports events and Firm wide nights out.

Yes, we prefer to recruit a mix of candidates with strong academics.

You should apply one or two years before you wish to start your training contract so it would be too early for first year students.

Yes! We appreciate and understand that future potential trainees may have relevant previous legal experience and therefore all ‘time to count’ forms are considered during the training contract.

We welcome applications from all types of people and if you wish to take one year out, consider the year you wish to apply for.

No. We find that students often feel obliged to undertake vacation placements every year, or as often as they can, because it will look good on their CV. Vacation placements are good for you because they give you a good look at different firms. It also gives the firm a chance to interact with you. However, if you have done something else very interesting or challenging, we would like to see that on your CV.

No, you may sit whichever electives you prefer.

No, we feel that this is your decision especially in terms of location.