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About Addleshaw Goddard
We are a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality is built upon long-term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets. This, together with our high-calibre expertise, straight-talking advice and collaborative team culture, means we are here for our clients, whenever and however they need us; from everyday queries to high-value strategic advice, we are proud of the consistently excellent, relevant and focussed service our people provide.
We are also proud to be an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner, which recognises our pioneering approach to legal services. We call it our Intelligent Delivery approach, because it brings more efficiency, and more value, to our clients.
All professions need to change with the times. And we always consider what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow. We are constantly working on innovative ways for our staff to learn, develop and train.
Join us, and wherever you are based, you will work side-by-side with blue chip clients in a supportive-yet-challenging environment. This is a structured training programme, and it is designed with your future success in mind.
Solving client problems, sector after sector
We have a broad client portfolio, which is testament to the strength and expertise of our people. It includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals.
We are a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies and a market leader across:
- corporate, commercial, finance and project, real estate and litigation business divisions;
- pecialist fields such as private capital;
- energy, financial services, health and life sciences, real estate, retail and consumer, and transport sectors.
We are more than just exceptional lawyers here. We attract sparkling people from all backgrounds, who bring their own unique qualities, along with a collaborative approach, professional drive and a commitment to every client’s success. This is just one of the reasons we’re sure you will enjoy working with us.
As a trainee, important cases will come your way from the get-go. You will work on everything from multi-million-pound deals to high-profile fraud cases, employment disputes to complex technology contracts. Our success is intrinsically linked to yours, so we’ll always have your back and help you realise your potential.
Training contracts are four seats long, with opportunities to spend time in another of our offices as well as on secondment with clients. During each six-month seat, you will have regular two-way performance reviews with your supervising partner or solicitor. He or she will help you develop the skills you need to deal with the demanding work you will come across every day.
As well as learning on the job, you will also have access to high-quality in-house and external training, a buddy scheme in your first seat, and a mentor throughout your training contract and beyond.
- Training contract applications open: 1 April 2021
- Training contract applications close: 31 July 2021
We offer week-long Easter work placements in Edinburgh and London, and two-week summer work placements in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. And because everyone is an individual, we make sure each placement is a valuable experience for each individual student.
While you are here, you will get to know the everyday life of an Addleshaw Goddard trainee. You will be allocated a department to sit in and, if you are part of the summer scheme, will swap into a new department in your second week. You will be supervised by an experienced solicitor, who will welcome you to the department and allocate work. A trainee buddy will be on hand to help throughout your placement.
This is a scheme as unique as you are. As well as informative sessions, group exercises, assessed work and plenty of time at your desk, you will attend social events with a range of people across the office. It’s a real chance to get to know our people and our culture. We offer training contracts to successful placement scheme students, so we’d encourage you to apply.
- Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2020
- Vacation scheme deadline: 5 January 2021
Salary & Benefits
- First year salary: £40,000 (London); £27,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £23,500 (Scotland)
- Second year salary: £43,000 (London); £29,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £26,000 (Scotland)
- Post qualification salary: £75,000 (London); £45,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £42,000 (Scotland)
GDL and LPC fees are paid, plus a maintenance grant.
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.
We require a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent). But what will really open doors to an outstanding career here is the real you. At Addleshaw Goddard, we’re looking for original minds and collaborative spirits alongside motivation, drive and commercial awareness. We’re constantly delighted by the diverse backgrounds of our best lawyers, and we’re open to law and non-law graduates alike, as well as those looking to change career.
Diversity at Addleshaw Goddard
We have created a high-performance culture that is inclusive, supportive and which thrives on individuality, personality and team spirit. We expect the best of each other and we want everyone to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference.
Our diversity programme is represented at the most senior level of our business by our board sponsor. It is run by a dedicated Human Resources (HR) team, partner sponsors and volunteers from across the business. We have organised our approach around three key strands of diversity, focusing on gender, social mobility and ethnicity, but we also provide comprehensive support for parents and carers, run an ongoing mental health and wellbeing awareness campaign, and have a flourishing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) network.
Everyone’s needs are unique. And that means agile working is key. We want to enable a greater work-life balance for everyone, not just those with caring responsibilities.
We have been consistently recognised for our commitment to diversity over the years. In our sector’s 2019 awards season, our diversity programme has achieved the following external recognition:
- The Times, Top 50 Employers for Women;
- HR in Law Awards, Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative (firms with over 750 employees including partners);
- Legal Week Innovation Awards, Mindful Business Charter (recognition) and HR Innovation (winner).
Diversity Access Schemes
We nurture strong links with reputable social mobility schemes and professional diversity networks such as the Black Solicitors Network, Urban Lawyers, the Bright Network, Lawyers in Schools, Pathways to Law, PRIME and TARGETjobs Events and value their support and expertise when reaching out to untapped talent from non-traditional backgrounds.
We are signatories of the Social Mobility Business Compact: a government-led initiative which aims to reduce elitism and improve social mobility by encouraging businesses to open opportunities to everyone.
We have always invested and partnered with local communities, schools and networks who are keen to raise the aspirations of young people – and will continue to do so by offering young talent opportunities to take part in quality work experience programmes and internships.
We are a founding member of PRIME, an initiative through which law firms provide quality work experience placements to underprivileged school-age students. We work with local primary and secondary schools across London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. Each year, around 40 students from years 12 and 13 take part in our Legal Access Week Programme.
Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP)
We are a member of the SMBP in Manchester and Leeds, where we partner with our own clients and other businesses to meet our respective social mobility commitments. Through this partnership, our Legal Access Week students benefit from additional work experience with in-house legal teams at a number of well-known companies.
Legal Access Scheme
Our award-winning Legal Access Scheme offers bright BPP University Law School students from unconventional or less privileged backgrounds a place on our summer placement programme. 24 students from this scheme have secured training contracts with us since its creation in 2007.
Legal Apprenticeship Scheme
There’s no blueprint for bright. In fact, the opposite is true. That’s why we offer an alternative path into law for those who do not wish to go down the traditional university route.
Our Legal Apprenticeship Scheme, developed in Manchester and Leeds, is at the forefront of apprenticeships in the legal profession.
We have been recognised by the All About Group as a Top 100 Employer for School Leavers.
City Solicitors Horizons
City Solicitors Horizons (CSH) is a social mobility initiative designed to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It was created by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET) and The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), and is supported by the City of London Law Society (CLLS) and leading law firms – including Addleshaw Goddard.
Students attending universities across London and southeast England are selected to take part in this three-year social mobility programme, alongside their undergraduate degrees, connecting with law firms who provide access to mentoring lawyers and practical work experience.
To apply please visit our website.
Training contract applications open: 1 April 2021
Training contract deadline, 2023 start: 31 July 2021
Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2020
Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: 5 January 2021