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Speechly Bircham LLP
6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3LX
Tel: (020) 7427 6400 Fax: (020) 7353 4368
                                                                                                               Partners 87
Website:                                                                                     Assistant Solicitors 138
                                                                                                               Total Trainees 25

                                                                                                               Helen Wiggs
Firm profile                                                                                                   Human Resources Manager
With over 240 lawyers at its modern City location, the firm is organised around providing                      Method of application
intergrated transactional, advisory and disputes services to its three main client markets: business           Application form (available
clients, private clients and clients and clients in the real estate and construction sector.                   online)
Main areas of work                                                                                             Selection procedure
Business Services: With more than 120 lawyers, teams provide businesses with a comprehensive                   Interview and psychometric
legal service in areas that include corporate finance; banking; financial services; insolvency; tax;           testing
IP; technology; employment; pensions; immigration; data protection and commercial dispute
                                                                                                               Closing date for 2012
services. Clients operate across a range of sectors that include financial services, pharmaceutical
and healthcare, engineering, media, IT, fashion, consumer goods and retail.                                    31 July 2010

Private Client Services: The firm’s leading private client practice is ranked as one of the top ten in         Application
the world (Chambers Global 2009), and it is the second largest private client group in London                  Training contracts p.a. 10
(Private Client Practitioner 2008). The firm is widely known for providing a complete service to               Applications p.a. 800
UK and international wealthy individuals, shareholders, families, trustees, private banks, trust               % interviewed p.a. 15%
companies and charities which integrates wealth protection, tax and succession planning, family,               Required degree grade 2:1
property, philanthropy and trust and probate litigation.
Real Estate; Construction & Engineering Services: With a team of more than 70 real estate and                  Salary
construction lawyers, legal advice covers commercial property, finance, tax, planning and                      1st year
environmental, sustainability, regeneration, infrastructure, construction, engineering and dispute             £32,000-33,000
services. Lawyers advise developers, contractors and consultants as well as occupiers, investors               2nd year
and lenders on a variety of significant real estate investments, developments, urban regeneration              £34,000-£35,000
schemes and construction projects. Clients are both UK based and international and include blue
                                                                                                               Holiday entitlement 25 days
chip financial institutions, property companies, urban estates, retailers and local authorities.
Trainee profile                                                                                                Salary (2009) £50,000
Law and non-law graduates capable of achieving a 2.1 degree. The firm seeks candidates with a
                                                                                                               Holiday entitlement 25 days
genuine interest in law who enjoy a collaborative and vibrant environment where they can make
a real impact.

Training environment
Speechly Bircham’s trainees are regarded as a highly valued part of the team. Training contracts
are divided into four six-month seats. Each trainee will be closely supported by a partner or senior
solicitor. Emphasis is given to early responsibility and supervised client contact, providing trainees
with a practical learning environment. Practical experience is further complemented by
comprehensive in-house legal training. Performance reviews are held at the mid point and at the
end of each seat to promote development and ensure trainees achieve their potential.

Summer scheme placements
Places for 2010 (20). Unusually the firm offers a three week summer placement scheme giving students
an extended opportunity to experience the Speechly Bircham culture, sit in a greater number of practice
areas and gain valuable insight into what life in a private practice environment is really like. Feedback is
sought from partners and solicitors on a student’s performance throughout the scheme, together with end
of scheme assessments that include researching and presenting on a current topical issue and undertaking
a psychometric test. However, it is not all work and no play and the summer scheme is punctuated by a
variety of sports and social events. Applications for 2010 summer placements to be submitted by 12
February 2010.

GDL and LPC fees paid in full together with a maintenance grant.

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