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Burges Salmon is consistently ranked among the UK’s most successful commercial law firms. We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent standard of legal and business advice to our clients, which has led to many of our practice areas and sectors winning awards and recognition as best in class. Our national and international client base ranges from private individuals to government departments and FTSE 100 companies including The Crown Estate, Nationwide, Lloyds Banking Group, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and FirstGroup.


We offer a cohesive, communicative environment which results in strong working relationships right across the firm and an enhanced service for our clients. The quality of our expertise is widely recognised across all our main departments including Corporate & Financial Institutions, Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Environment & Planning, Real Estate and Private Client.


We offer the opportunity to work with exceptional clients on outstanding cases against the backdrop of Bristol; consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in England and Wales.


Training Contract


We recognise that developing talent is critical to our success. Our six seat training contract is designed to provide you with the greatest breadth of experience possible as a trainee. While traditional training contracts normally include four six-month seats, ours includes six four-month placements. This ensures you gain the maximum exposure to our varied practice areas and experience a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work from across our main departments.


As a trainee you will be given early responsibility balanced with truly open door support. From the beginning you will be learning from lawyers recognised as experts in their fields who are able to offer the advice and guidance you will need to develop into a trusted business adviser.


Who Should Apply?


Our people are ambitious and forward thinking with a determination to deliver top quality work for our clients. We therefore recruit hardworking and motivated individuals who are able to drive the business forward and contribute to our formidable reputation as a leading UK law firm.


We accept applications from penultimate and final year law students, final year non-law students, graduates and those who are looking for a change in career. Successful candidates will have achieved or expect to achieve a 2.1 at degree level in any discipline and have achievements which demonstrate the exceptional personal skills necessary to become a lawyer at Burges Salmon.





Annually reviewed competitive salary (£34,750 for 1st year trainees and £35,750 for 2nd year trainees in 2015), 25 days paid annual leave, bonus scheme, pension scheme, private health care membership, life assurance, mobile phone, Christmas gift, corporate gym membership, sports and social club.




International and client secondments available during training contract


Sponsorship and Awards


The firm pays GDL and LPC fees at the University of Law. Maintenance grants of £7,000are paid to LPC students, and £14,000 to students studying for both the GDL and LPC (£7,000p.a.).


Vacation Schemes


During the vacation scheme you will have the opportunity to visit two departments of your choice. The emphasis is on ‘real work’ and, under the guidance of your supervisor, you will have the chance to attend court visits or client meetings as well as skills sessions run by trainees and solicitors. In addition to this, there are many social and sports events throughout the placement that offer a real insight into life as a trainee solicitor.


All our vacation schemes are open to penultimate and final year law students, final year non-law students, graduates and those considering a change in career.


Vacation schemes are part of the recruitment process for trainee solicitors to commence training contracts in 2018 so a keen interest in a career in commercial law is essential.


All participants are offered a training contract interview at the end.


Remuneration: £250 per week.


Contact: frances.lambton@burges-salmon.com

0117 939 2229



Twitter: @BurgesSalmonTS