Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm's strategy is designed to ensure it provides its clients with high quality advice and to deliver value through new ways of working.
From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, energy & infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These five sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, dispute resolution, competition & regulatory, employment, pensions & employee benefits, financial markets, intellectual property, projects, real estate, information, communications & technology, and tax.
In London, the firm offers around 40 training contracts each year and are currently recruiting for the September 2017 and March 2018 intakes.
In Bristol, the firm is offering three training contracts commencing in September 2016 and a further three training contracts commencing in September 2017.
Our six month seat system enables you to gain hands on experience in four different areas of the business, working with other lawyers, gaining knowledge in different service areas and dealing with important clients.
The training programme is constantly evolving to build the skills you will need to be successful in the fast moving world of international business. Our groundbreaking MBA programme is designed to provide our trainees and junior lawyers with a unique opportunity to gain valuable business and commercial skills early in their career. During the training contract we will also ensure trainees have a broad legal experience, and a balanced, integrated approach to gaining the knowledge, expertise and abilities you will need to qualify in the practice area of your choice.
Simmons & Simmons is interested in finding out about your academic successes but will also explore your ability to form excellent interpersonal relations and work within a team environment, as well as your levels of motivation, drive and ambition. Show us evidence of a rich 'life experience' as well as examples of your intellectual capabilities and we will provide you with everything you need to become a successful member of our firm.
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Internships & Placements
The firm's internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on.Winter vacation scheme
One week scheme aimed specifically at final year law and non-law students, graduates of non-law subjects and career changers. Applications open 01 October 2014.Spring insight scheme
Two day workshop, designed to equip you with a range of key skills and commercial knowledge you will need, to help you make your first steps towards your career in law. Applications open 01 January 2015.Summer vacation scheme
Three week scheme open to penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates. Applications open 01 November 2014.Open days
A series of open days are also available to all students and graduates and are run throughout the year.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
The firm will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £6,500 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC.
Interest-free advance on salary of £2000 to facilitate all incidental expenses prior to commence of the training contract can also be availed of.Trainee salary package
£37,500 per annum (first year) £41,750 per annum (second year)
£34,000 per annum (first year) £35,000 per annum (second year)Salary on qualification
£63,000 per annum (London) £43,000 per annum (Bristol)Other benefits
Other benefits are pension scheme, 25 days’ vacation, group travel, group accident and life insurance, subsidised on-site restaurant, medical cover, free transport on late nights, interest-free season ticket loan, employee assistance and gym subsidy. During the vacation placement programmes, participants will be paid up to a weekly allowance of £275.
We are looking for ambitious, focused individuals with law or non-law degrees. Academic achievement is key and you will need to achieve at least a 2:1 in your degree, but we also want rounded individuals who can fit smoothly into our teams as trainees need to work with people in our international offices and with clients throughout the world.