It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.
We act for publicly listed and private companies, private equity and financial sponsors, and other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.
Our clients know that, wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done. And they know that we will do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.
Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our individual departments, but right across our firm where we welcome views from everyone.
What we do
Our business comprises the following main practice areas: Commercial, IP & Technology, Competition, Corporate M&A and ECM, Dispute Resolution, Derivatives & Structures Products, Employment, Finance, Financial Services & Markets, Funds, Incentives & Remuneration, Operational Risk & Environment, Pensions, Private Equity & Financial Sponsors, Real Estate, Regulatory Investigations and Tax.
The fi’m’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy and unparalleled opportunities to learn by osmosis from some of the most senior people at the firm. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.
During the two-year training contract, trainees spend six months in one of our corporate departments and another six months in either the dispute resolution or the employment departments. The firm offers you a choice for your other two seats in two of our other specialist teams. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend six months in the firm’s Paris office.
Travers Smith is a collaborative fir– – we treat each other with respect and encourage our people to be themselves. We are very proud of the close-knit, supportive and non-hierarchical culture this creates.
Students spend two weeks with the firm. Each week, they sit with a different department, sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees.
The work will include attending meetings, drafting documents and letters and carrying out research. We extend our internal seminar programme to include a number of talks, case studies and negotiating exercises specifically for students to give an authentic taste of a City lawyer's work. The timetable also includes a City tour, plenty of social activities and the option to be involved in sporting activities such as mixed hockey, netball and football. There are also working lunches and informal evening events.
Since the onset of Covid-19, we have run a one week virtual vacation scheme. We are very much hoping that, going forwards, we will be able to revert to our two week in-person scheme, but this is obviously dependent on circumstances at the time. Details will be available on our website in due course.
We’ll give you responsibility from day one - you will quickly find yourself on the phone to clients, in meetings and handling your own work with all the guidance you need. As such, the firm looks for people who can combine academic excellence with plain common sense; who are determined, articulate and able to think on their feet; who are self-motivated and have a healthy sense of humour.
A law degree is not a necessity – nearly a third of our current trainees did not study law as an undergraduate.
Apply online for a training contract commencing in either September 2024 or March 2025.
This year we will largely recruit for training contract 2024 from our vacation schemes. Any spaces that are available after the vacation schemes will be filled by direct training contract applicants. This direct training contract process will open in August 2022, only to the extent there remain any available spaces after our winter and summer vacation schemes. Any updates will be available on our website and social media channels.
Salary and Benefits
- First year: £47,000
- Second year: £52,500
- Newly qualified: £90,000 (basic) and up £110,500 (including a discretionary firm wide bonus and other discretionary bonus).
Benefits include private medical and permanent health insurance, life assurance, health screening programme, onsite physiotherapy, dental insurance, pension scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, subsidised café/restaurant, subsidised gym membership and season ticket loan.
Diversity & Inclusion
Our approach to diversity and creating an inclusive workplace goes beyond just ticking a box. We value everything that makes us unique and we recognise that celebrating our differences helps make the firm a special place to work. With a focus on allyship and role modelling, we are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves.
Supporting our people
We have five fully inclusive professional networks, each led by a partner to provide high level strategic input, connectivity and support for our people. These include:
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
- Gender Balance
- Faith Resources
- Enable (which focuses on accessibility needs)
We have developed partnerships with other external networks and organisations aimed at promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect in industry and in the wider community, including; Stonewall, myGwork, City Solicitors Horizons, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment and JustLikeUs.
Corporate Social Responsibility
From working with emerging artists to supporting refugees and asylum seekers, our award-winning CSR Programme is diverse, exciting and ever-expanding.
Working with local communities
We are committed to working with our local communities, developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession. Highlights of our work include:
- Lawyers in Schools Programme
- Prime work experience
- Reading Partners
- BEE Financial Literacy
- GROW mentoring
We create meaningful, lasting and substantive partnerships with all the charities with whom we work. We provide substantial financial support to a nominated major charity partner (on a two year basis), and also support 100s of other smaller charities via the Travers Smith Foundation.
CSR Art Programme
The Art Programme is at the heart of our Corporate Social Responsibility work and underlines our CSR commitment from the moment someone steps into our offices. Delivered in partnership with The University of Westminster and The Royal College of Art, with support from Serpentine Galleries, our Art Programme supports emerging artists with the transition from student life to professional practice.
Our award-winning pro bono programme is designed to provide individuals, community groups, charities and social enterprises, both in the UK and abroad, with free legal advice and representation. The programme targets the most impactful partnerships and legal work in the following four sectors:
- Climate, environment, and sustainability
- Diversity, inclusion and social mobility
- Vulnerable groups (refugees, victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking)
- Rule of Law
Recent pro bono clients include:
- Refugees at Home
- The Chancery Lane Project
- The Green Finance Institute
- National Centre for Domestic Violence
- City YMCA