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Travers Smith

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Travers Smith

About Travers Smith

It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.

We act for publicly listed and private companies, private equity and financial sponsors, and other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.

Our clients know that, wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done. And they know that we will do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.

Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our individual departments, but right across our firm where we welcome views from everyone.

Our business comprises the following main practice areas: Commercial, IP & Technology, Competition, Corporate M&A and ECM, Dispute Resolution, Derivatives & Structures Products, Employment, Finance, Financial Services & Markets, Funds, Incentives & Remuneration, Operational Risk & Environment, Pensions, Private Equity & Financial Sponsors, Real Estate, Regulatory Investigations and Tax.

The firm’s comprehensive training programme ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainees sit with partners and associates, which ensures a refreshing lack of hierarchy and unparalleled opportunities to learn by osmosis from some of the most senior people at the firm. It also means that trainees receive individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and can look forward to client contact, and the responsibility that goes with it, from day one.

Travers Smith is a collaborative firm – we treat each other with respect and encourage our people to be themselves. We are very proud of the close-knit, supportive and non-hierarchical culture this creates.

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Why diversity matters to Travers

Our approach to diversity and creating an inclusive workplace goes beyond just ticking a box. We value everything that makes us unique and we recognise that celebrating our differences helps make the firm a special place to work. With a focus on allyship and role modelling, we are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Supporting our people

We have five fully inclusive professional networks, each led by a partner to provide high level strategic input, connectivity and support for our people. These include:

  • REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Gender Balance
  • Faith Resources
  • Enable (which focuses on accessibility needs)

Strategic partnerships

We have developed partnerships with other external networks and organisations aimed at improving access to the legal profession and promoting a culture of inclusion and mutual respect in industry and in the wider community, including; STRIVE, Stonewall, myGwork, City Solicitors Horizons, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment, JustLikeUs, WCAN and BIUCAC.

Corporate Social Responsibility

From working with emerging artists to supporting refugees and asylum seekers, our award-winning CSR Programme is diverse, exciting and ever-expanding.

Working with local communities

We are committed to working with our local communities, developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession. Highlights of our work include:

  • Lawyers in Schools Programme
  • Prime work experience
  • Reading Partners
  • BEE Financial Literacy
  • Prospects
  • GROW mentoring

Charitable Giving

We create meaningful, lasting and substantive partnerships with all the charities with whom we work. We provide substantial financial support to a nominated major charity partner (on a two year basis). Our current major charity partner is the Felix Project, a charity that collects surplus food from food retailers and wholesalers and then redistributes it to charities and schools that provide food for those in need. Alongside our major charity partnership, the firm supports 100s of other smaller charities via the Travers Smith Foundation.

CSR Art Programme

The Art Programme is at the heart of our Corporate Social Responsibility work and underlines our CSR commitment from the moment someone steps into our offices. Delivered in partnership with The University of Westminster and The Royal College of Art, with support from Serpentine Galleries, our Art Programme supports emerging artists with the transition from student life to professional practice.

At a glance

Key Facts and Figures

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Summer Vacation Scheme
15 January 2023


Scheme Dates
Summer Vacation Scheme
19 - 23 June 2023
26 - 30 June 2023
3 - 7 July 2023


Training Contracts
Training Contract 2025
This year we will largely recruit for training contract 2025 from our vacation schemes. If there are any spaces available after the vacation schemes, these will be filled by direct training contract applicants. Any updates will be available on our website and social media channels.
Tailoring your application
What the firm looks for in trainees

We are looking to recruit people from a diverse range of backgrounds who can combine academic excellence with sound judgement; who are self-aware, eager to learn and use their initiative and common sense to find practical solutions to problems. We look for trainees who can work well as part of a team, display strong written and oral communication skills and manage their time effectively.

Prospective applicants can demonstrate these skills through leveraging their work experience, extra-curricular activities and interests. Any experience is valuable, and we like to see what you have done and what you have gained from it - whether you are part of a society, have a part-time job or participate in a hobby in your spare time.  We also want to see your enthusiasm for Travers Smith specifically and why you are applying to us. Do your research and demonstrate that you understand the work that we do, our clients and our culture.

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