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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP


Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.

It has made us a leader in the world of dynamic growth and family businesses, and among the world’s leading creators and owners of private wealth and their families. Major corporates and institutions find our more considered and personal approach a refreshing alternative to conventional business law firms.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • Regional
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Will & Probate
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Tax
Head quartersLondon
Number of Offices11
Office Locations - Overview
  • South East
  • South West
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
Location of Major International Offices
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia
No of Partners170
No of Lawyers500
Managing PartnerSimon Ridpath

Training Contracts

We aim to achieve the best from our trainees, encouraging them to develop key legal and business skills to enable them to become successful lawyers.

Our diverse range of practice areas means that trainees can gain experience across different areas of the law, engaging in high level work with both private and commercial clients.

If you want to work in a challenging, rewarding and supportive environment please use the links below to learn more about how to become a Charles Russell Speechlys trainee.

No of Trainees / Yr27
  • London
  • Guildford
  • Cheltenham
Degree class2:1 degree classification (or equivalent)
A levelsAAB at A-Level (or equivalent )
IB36 points
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - CommentsWe also provide sponsorship for upcoming GDL and LPC fees with our chosen law school provider, the University of Law. During this period of study we will also provide you with a maintenance grant of £6,000 if you are based in London and £4,500 if you are based outside of London.
LPC / GDL Provider
  • Ulaw
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Online Interview
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4
Secondment SeatsThere are opportunities to go on client secondments.
Overseas SeatsThere are opportunities to go on overseas secondments

Current Opportunities

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Vacation Schemes

Deciding which law firm is right for you is not always easy, but the decision you take must be one that is reliably informed.

Whilst we have provided a wealth of online information for you to draw on, sometimes it is easiest to simply come and see us in action for yourself.

Our Vacation Scheme provides a chance to spend time at Charles Russell Speechlys and see exactly what we do on a daily basis.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in real fee earning work, which could include attending client meetings and going to court, and gain a deeper insight into our different practice areas.

You will also have support from solicitors in the team and have the opportunity to meet a number of different people, either at organised social events or as part of your day to day interactions.

On completion of the Vacation Scheme, you may be offered a training contract with the firm. During your time with us you will be required to take part in an assessment centre which will be reviewed along with your performance during the Vacation Scheme.

No of Vacation Schemes / yr4
  • London
  • Guildford
  • Cheltenham
Degree class2:1 Degree Classification (or equivalent)
A levelsAAB Classification (or equivalent)
IB36 points
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Online Interview

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As a Solicitor Apprentice you will work in our offices based in London for 35 hours per week.

Four days a week will be spent working in our practice groups and one day will be allocated to study. You will spend a year in each practice group where you will be involved in many of the day to day tasks of a trainee lawyer. Throughout your apprenticeship you will experience a broad range of our practice areas as you rotate through a variety of groups.

Some of your key tasks as a solicitor apprentice may include:

  • Drafting documents and correspondence
  • Assisting partners and associates with various tasks
  • Liaising with clients, other law firms and third parties including Local Authorities, Companies House etc.
  • Conducting legal research
  • As you gain more experience, you’ll be given more responsibility such as attending client meetings with your supervisor and running parts of files

Training & Support

Throughout your apprenticeship programme and in addition to your studies you will receive regular training.  This could come in the form of on the job training with your supervisor, or more formal training sessions through the Charles Russell Speechlys’ Business School.

In each group that you work in you will be assigned a dedicated supervisor who will work with you to ensure that you are developing the required skills and knowledge and will also assist you with your portfolio.  You will also receive support from Human Resources throughout your apprenticeship.

In addition to this, you will have a personal tutor at the University of Law who will meet you at regular intervals throughout the programme.

Salary & Benefits

You will earn a starting salary of £20,000 which will increase as your progress through the apprenticeship programme.

You will also be entitled to the full range of staff benefits including:

  • Private medical care
  • Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Give as you earn scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
No of Apprenticeships2
  • London
GCSEs8 GCSE’s grades A*-C including English and Maths
A Levels Achieved or be predicted at least BBB at A-Level (or equivalent)
Assessment Process
  • CV & Cover Letter
Partner Law School
  • Ulaw

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