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London Graduates

Our application process is rigorous but fair.
This is your chance to showcase your passion and ability to pursue a career in law.

Michael Bates, UK Managing Partner

“As an organisation built on the talents of our lawyers and teams throughout our business, our people are central to our success and the world-class service that we deliver to our clients.”

Training Contract 2025 & February 2026

Applications open: 17 August 2022
Applications close for 2025 & Feb 2026 Training Contracts: 8 December 2022 at 11.59pm.
Assessment dates: w/c 16 and 21 January 2023
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test and two interviews including a written case study element.

Our assessment centre will take place in person, with an option to interview virtually in some circumstances e.g. if you have a long way to travel.

The assessment centre will consist of a case study including a written exercise, one commercial based interview with a Partner which will include discussions around the case study, and one competency based interview with a Senior Associate.

Our interviews will be completely paperless. This is part of our commitment to contributing to a greener way of recruiting and in line with signatory status of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance.

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IGNITE Training Contract 2025 & February 2026

Applications open: 17 August 2022
Applications close: 8 December 2022 at 11.59pm
Assessment dates: w/c 16 and 21 January 2023
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test and two assessment days. The first is the same as the Training Contract assessment day, which includes two interviews with a written case study element. The second stage is an IGNITE-specific case study interview.

Our assessment days will take place in-person, with an option to interview virtually in some circumstances e.g. if you have a long way to travel or your if your adjustments and support discussed with the Graduate Recruitment Team involves a virtual set up.

The first assessment day will consist of a case study including a written exercise, one commercial based interview with a Partner which will include discussions around the case study, and one competency based interview with a Senior Associate. The second assessment day is an IGNITE specific case study and interview with legal-tech lawyers.

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SPARK

Scheme one: 26 - 30 June 2023
Scheme two: 17 – 21 July 2023

Applications open: 17 August 2022
Applications close: 9 February 2023 at 11.59pm
Assessments held: w/c 27 February and 6 March 2023
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test, and two interviews including a written case study element.

The assessment day will consist of a case study including a written exercise, one commercial based interview with a Partner which will include discussions around the case study, and one competency based interview with a Senior Associate.

Please note that you can only apply for SPARK if you are a first year law student, second year student of four-year law degree or a penultimate year non-law student.

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ACCESS

Applications open
1 September 2022
Applications close
30 April 2023 at 11.59pm
Assessments held: w/c 29 May-2 June 2023 (half term)
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test and one video interview with a member of the Graduate Recruitment Team

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How we hire

We have put together some advice on how best to navigate our application process, including a practice version of the Watson Glaser test, which is the first step of the assessment process.

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