www.chambersstudent.co.uk A-Z of Solicitors Speechly Bircham LLP 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3LX Tel: (020) 7427 6400 Fax: (020) 7353 4368 Partners 87 Website: www.speechlys.com Assistant Solicitors 138 Total Trainees 25 Contact 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. Training 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. Post-qualification 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. Sponsorship GDL and LPC fees paid in full together with a maintenance grant.