About ALLEN & OVERY

Allen & Overy is a pioneering legal practice operating around the world at the frontline of developing business. By helping companies, institutions and governments tackle ever more complex issues and transactions on a global stage, it is leading the way and extending what is possible in law.

With 43 offices in 30 countries, plus a network of relationship firms in other locations, Allen & Overy is one of the few legal practices that can genuinely claim to be global, covering 99% of the world’s economy. For the firm’s clients this means global reach and access to high-calibre, local expertise, while for trainees, it means exposure to international work, collaboration with colleagues in other offices and, in many cases, the opportunity to travel.

Trainee lawyers joining the firm enter an environment characterised by advanced thinking and a global outlook. They are exposed to challenging and meaningful work from the outset, supporting a partner or senior associate in each of their training ‘seats’. In addition, they are encouraged to spend six months in one of the firm’s overseas offices, or on secondment to one of its corporate clients – currently around 80% of its trainees take up this opportunity.

Alongside a rich and exciting experience as a trainee, graduates can also look forward to working in a uniquely open and supportive culture. Allen & Overy has established a reputation for combining the very highest professional standards with warmth and approachability.

Regardless of their degree discipline – and around half of the firm’s trainees study subjects other than law – joining Allen & Overy puts graduates at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving global market for legal services.

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About Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance takes an integrated, full service approach which spans continents, cultures and time zones, jurisdictions, practice areas and industry sectors.

Its 'one firm' approach and partnership ethos have allowed Clifford Chance to provide commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that consistently exceeds clients' expectations.

As a non-franchise law firm with an impressive breadth and depth of expertise across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, Clifford Chance recruits only the best people at all levels of the business and places huge importance on teamwork. Clifford Chance expects its people to be flexible and creative and to have the desire and drive to embrace new experiences and challenges.

With excellent resources thanks to investment in the transference of global knowledge, skills, technology and know-how, Clifford Chance has been at the forefront of developments that have fundamentally changed the management of law firms during the past few years. The firm prides itself on looking to a future in which it will remain firmly in the vanguard of the dynamic and fast changing legal industry.


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About Herbert Smith Freehills

Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. They’ve got it all. And because they are one of the world's leading law firms, they also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Thanks to the quality of their international network, they are able to offer their clients both domestic and cross-border services, which means you get the chance to work in a truly global way.

Their work is incredibly varied. They provide top quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as different types of commercial organisations. They are proud to be a full-service firm and they are proud to be able to do more for their clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a place where you won’t just experience everything, you’ll be a part of it. So if you’ve got the drive and ambition to become a brilliant lawyer, they would like to hear from you.

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About Travers Smith

Never ones for fanfare, Travers Smith employees have spent the past 150 years quietly building a reputation for excellence. The key to their reputation is an uncompromising focus and iron grip on quality control. This, when allied to one of the highest retention rates in the City, means they are able to present clients with consistent teams of uniformly excellent lawyers.

Travers Smith partners are to the fore throughout every transaction and they lead small, close-knit teams that stay with clients for the long-term, allowing them to develop real relationships with clients and a genuine in-depth understanding of their business. The size of Travers Smith allows them to be entrepreneurial in approach and exceptionally efficient. They fight only the battles that are worth winning, focusing all the time on the results they can achieve for their clients rather than the points they can score. This approach has attracted a long and loyal list of clients to the firm.

There are currently around 250 lawyers working at Travers Smith. This number has grown steadily over the years and continues to grow; but it has been a carefully controlled organic growth rather than expansion by merger which could, they believe, lead to a dilution of both their culture and the quality of their service.


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About Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is delighted to be regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. They advise on high profile and groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, organisations and governments.

Clients have been approaching Slaughter and May for legal advice since William Slaughter and William May set up the firm nearly 120 years ago. They continue to do so because they recognise their commitment to providing excellent service and finding innovative solutions to their problems.

They have 132 partners around the world and employ almost 1,300 people; over 740 of them lawyers.


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