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Slaughter and May


We don't pigeonhole our lawyers — all are trained to be multi-specialists across a broad range of legal matters. We’ll make sure you are ready to take on the world.  

Who we are

Founded in 1889, Slaughter and May is an international law firm headquartered in London, and is a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. We employ approximately 560 fee-earners and 740 other staff. We advise on high-profile and ground-breaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, financial institutions and governments. We have offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing. We also work with market leading firms around the world.

Careers with us

As a trainee in one of our groups, you will work on a full range of transactions on which the group advises over a three- or six-month period. In a corporate group, for example, one month you could help guide a client through the defence of a hostile takeover and the next you could be advising that same client on a bond issue.

In dispute resolution, you could attend a court hearing on a complex civil litigation matter in the morning, then meet a client to prepare for a mediation that afternoon. In the short term, this will enable you to make a more informed decision about which practice group you should join on qualification. In the long term, it makes for a far more fulfilling career.

Graduate training opportunities

During your first two weeks there is an induction programme introducing you to the way we work and giving you an opportunity to develop essential skills, such as learning how to use our research resources. This is followed by an extensive training programme.

To help you decide what interests you most, you will spend time in different practice areas where you will gain experience in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Every month a partner will review your progress and at the end of each seat you will be given a full appraisal. You will also receive regular informal feedback. All of these reviews are designed to benefit you. They provide a collaborative forum in which to discuss your progress and ways to develop your legal knowledge, skills and experience.

Read more about our trainee solicitor scheme HERE.

Lifelong learning

We believe that training is essential to becoming an excellent lawyer. Our Learning and Development team organises a wealth of training for our lawyers – this starts before you join the firm and continues during the training contract with a comprehensive legal, skills and commercial education programme.