About Addleshaw Goddard
Addleshaw Goddard is a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality and service is built upon long term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets combined with high calibre expertise, straight talking advice and a collaborative team culture. By delivering what clients want wherever they need it, from high value strategic advice, to the everyday, we pride ourselves on a service which is high quality, focused, relevant and consistently excellent.
The firm is an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner and is pioneering new ways of delivering legal services, through its Intelligent Delivery approach, which brings added efficiencies and value for clients. As a firm, AG continues to look at the changes to the profession and what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow, developing innovation initiatives to training and development. Wherever you are based, you'll also be part of the team from day one, getting first-hand experience of working with blue-chip clients within a supportive yet challenging environment, and benefit from a structured training programme designed with your future success in mind.
Main areas of work
The firm's client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, and includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across its business divisions – corporate and commercial, finance and projects, litigation and real estate - as well as in specialist fields such as private capital, and across its chosen sectors: digital, energy and utilities, financial services, health, industrials, real estate, retail and consumer, transport.
Who should apply
We require ABB at A Level and 2.1 at degree (or equivalent). We are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate commercial awareness, teamwork, motivation and drive. Applications from law and non-law graduates are welcomed, as are applications from those who may be considering a change of direction.
At Addleshaw Goddard we are more than just exceptional lawyers. We attract smart and energetic people who are committed to our clients' success and believe in team-work and professionalism combined with a personal touch. A real meeting of minds. It's one of the reasons why we're sure you'll enjoy working with us.
As a Trainee, you’ll work on everything from multi-million pound banking deals and cross-border mergers and acquisitions to the most high profile fraud cases, complex technology contracts, employment disputes and transformational construction assignments. Because we understand that our success is intrinsically linked to yours, you can expect constant support to make sure you realise your potential.
During each six-month seat, there will be regular two-way performance reviews with the supervising partner or solicitor. Trainees may have the opportunity to spend a seat in one of the firm’s other offices and there are a number of secondments to clients available. Seated with a qualified solicitor or partner and working as part of a team enables trainees to develop the professional skills necessary to deal with the demanding and challenging work the firm carries out for its clients. Practical training is complemented by high-quality training courses provided by both the in-house team and external training providers. A trainee buddy programme is in place with the trainee predecessor for the first seat. All trainees have a mentor for the duration of their training contract and beyond.
When and how to apply
- Training contract applications open: 1 April 2019
- Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 31 July 2019
- Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2018
- Vacation scheme 2018 deadline: 6 January 2019
At Addleshaw Goddard, we endeavour to make each work placement scheme a valuable experience for our students. We offer a week long Easter scheme in Edinburgh/Glasgow and London, and two week Summer schemes in Edinburgh/Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester.
During the scheme you will experience life as a trainee at AG. Students are allocated a department to sit in and swap into a different department in the second week (if undertaking the Summer scheme). During your time in the department you will be supervised by an experienced solicitor who will welcome you to the department and allocate you work. You will also be paired up with a trainee buddy throughout the duration of the scheme who will be on hand to help.
The scheme will be varied. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, there will be a number of social events attended by a range of people across the office to give you a chance to really get to know the people and culture at AG.
We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students and encourage applicants to apply for our scheme.
We provide all trainees with a substantial and competitive range of benefits. These include:
- Dental cover
- Gym allowance
- Season ticket loan
- Interest free loan
- Bonus scheme
- Group pension membership with matched contributions at 3-5%
- Life assurance
- Permanent health insurance
- Private medical insurance
- Employee assistance programme
- Sabbatical leave and flexible working
- Critical illness insurance cover
- Childcare vouchers
- Sell holiday scheme. Once you’re qualified you can also buy up to five days’ extra holiday a year, increasing your annual holiday entitlement from 25 to 30 days.
What Diversity means to Addleshaw Goddard
At Addleshaw Goddard (AG), we have created a high performance culture that is fully inclusive, supportive and where we expect the best of each other. Ultimately, we want to enable all our people to succeed, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference. Our Diversity ambition is promoted and receives support at the most senior level of our business through our Board sponsor.
The AG Diversity Programme is implemented by a dedicated HR team, Partner sponsors and volunteers from across the firm. Much of our work focuses around the areas of gender, social mobility and ethnicity. However, we also provide a comprehensive package of support for parents and carers, have a flourishing a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) network, and run an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. Agile working is also a key focus for AG, enabling a greater work-life balance for everyone, not only those with caring responsibilities.
We continue to invest and work hard to build a reputable Diversity Programme in support of a fully inclusive culture, and our commitment has been consistently recognised over the years. In the 2017/18 sector awards season, the AG Diversity Programme has achieved the following external recognition:
- Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018
- UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017 - AG won the 'Managing Diverse Talent' award and gained recognition for its innovative Returner Programme.
- HR in Law Awards 2018 - AG won awards for 'Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion' and the 'Grand Prix' top award for our D&I Programme.
Diversity Access Schemes – Networking & Sponsorships
At AG we believe in taking practical action wherever possible, connecting with a number of social mobility schemes and reputable networks designed to access untapped talent from non-traditional backgrounds.
AG is a signatory to the Social Mobility Business Compact, a government led initiative created to address elitism and improve social mobility by encouraging businesses to open up opportunities to everyone. AG continues to invest and partner with local community schools and networks which seek to raise the aspirations of young people and give access to quality work experience and internships. We nurture links with the Black Lawyers’ Directory, the Bright Network, Lawyers in Schools, Pathways to Law, PRIME and TARGETjobs Events.
AG promotes wider access to the legal profession through a variety of initiatives:
AG is a founder member of PRIME, an initiative where law firms provide a minimum number of quality work experience placements to underprivileged school-age students. We work closely with local schools across London, Leeds and Manchester (at both primary and secondary level) to inspire and help young people fulfil their potential. Each year, we invite around 20 students from years 12-13 to take part in our Legal Access Week.
Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP)
We are a member of the SMBP in both Manchester and Leeds, working with our clients and other businesses to meet our respective social mobility commitments. As a result, our Legal Access Week students now benefit from an additional week of commercial experience linking with 'in-house' legal teams at some very well-known companies.
Legal Access Scheme
Our award-winning Legal Access Scheme identifies bright BPP University Law School law students from unconventional or less privileged backgrounds, offering them a place on our summer placement programme. Since its creation, in 2007, 24 participants of the scheme have secured training contracts with us.
Legal apprenticeship scheme
We are at the forefront of apprenticeships in the legal profession and have developed a legal apprenticeship scheme in Manchester and Leeds. This provides an alternative route into the profession for those who do not wish to go down the 'traditional' university route. Our Head of Resourcing chairs the Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative, which includes a group focused on developing a solicitor apprenticeship.
City Solicitors Horizons
City Solicitors Horizons has been initiated by the City of London Solicitors' Company, City Solicitors' Educational Trust (CSET) and The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), with the support of the City of London Law Society (CLLS) and leading law firms - including AG. Over the next three years, AG will students from universities in London and the south east of England to take part in a three year programme alongside their undergraduate degrees. Each intake will benefit from mentoring lawyers and practical work experience.