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Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice with over 1,500 people and 22 offices globally.

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About Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a broad practice base, with teams that focus on their own areas and clients, as well as supporting each other's transactions. This means, from a trainee perspective, there are significant opportunities to specialise in and learn about different aspects of the law. Simmons & Simmons is evolving all the time and continues to grow as a firm. The graduates who join form the company's future, and as a result wherever in the world you end up working, it's determined to create a culture of opportunity and creativity that works for you.

Your Career
Vacation Schemes

What to expect

Simmons & Simmons have decided to focus its efforts on its key sectors - Asset Management & Investment Funds, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, Life Sciences and Technology, Media & Telecommunications. Soon after you start your training contract, you'll be in the thick of things, assisting first-rate lawyers on high-profile projects for the world's leading businesses.

During your training contract, you'll do four six-month seats in its different practice areas, to familiarise you with the teams, the clients and type of work. As Simmons & Simmons would like you to get familiar with each of its key business practice areas, as trainees, you'll be required to undertake a seat in Corporate & Commercial, Financial Markets and Litigation.

Alongside this, if you're set on specialising in a particular area of law, it'll do its best to help. The firm realise that if you play to your strengths and interests, you're likely to push yourself further. Choice and flexibility have their place alongside breadth and depth. As well as seats in it's London office, around 80% of trainees undertake either a secondment with a client, or in one of their international offices, during their training contract.


Simmons & Simmons' Trainee Solicitor Support Network is there to provide you with the support and back up you may need when facing new responsibilities.

Support Network


Answers future trainee questions on trainee experience

Informal peer-to-peer contact for guidance and support


Overall responsibility for the resourcing and development of trainees

Certifies that trainee has met required standards at end of training contract period

Liaises with the SRA


Overall responsibility for training experience in practice group

Gives guidance and support to TRRs

Makes final decisions on trainee resourcing and manpower planning for practice group


Consistent point of contact for trainee throughout training contract

A sounding board for trainee concerns

Provides trainee with advice and guidance where necessary e.g. advice on career and training

A senior fee earner who in most cases does not work directly with trainee


One per department

Frequent contact with trainees to ensure exposure to legal work and fee earners in the group is at appropriate level

Encourage supervisors to give feedback throughout trainee's seat (includes monitoring trainee performance review process)

Point of contact for trainees to raise informal concerns


Provides trainee with day-to-day training

Gives trainees appropriate opportunities to develop legal skills and knowledge

Offers legal advice and guidance to trainee

Provides an environment that encourages trainee to take responsibility for their own development in line with trainee competencies

Appraises and gives feedback to trainee

Vacation Schemes

Simmons and Simmons want you to know that you're making the right career choice. That's why it believes it's so important to give future trainees a real taste of what lies ahead in its careers through its vacation schemes.


This is the driving idea behind the vacation schemes. The following vacation schemes a run across the year:

  • Winter vacation scheme: one week scheme aimed specifically at final year law and non-law students, all graduates and career chnagers.
  • Spring insight scheme: two day workshop, designed to equip you with a range of key skills and commercial knowledge you will need to help you make your first steps towards a career in law.
  • Summer vacation scheme: three week scheme open to penultimate year law students, final year students and graduates.
  • A series of open days are also available to all students and graduates and are run througout the year.

The firm's internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candiates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on. There are only 80 places available, so if you're interested, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

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