Top Tips

A strength of The Lex 100 Survey editorial is that we give current trainees a voice by using their feedback to offer our readers the genuine inside track on the training contracts in the market. We also give graduate recruitment teams a voice - after all they are the ones who ultimately decide who is most deserving of a training contract!

Aware of students’ desire to hear more from their peers about the good and the bad of pursuing a training contract, we’ve created Top Tips as a place where graduate recruitment staff at Lex 100 firms or current students who have accepted a training contract can offer their own tips on a range of different topics. The authors select their own points and elaborate on each. These tactics have worked for future trainees or come straight from the mouths of graduate recruiters, so it is information well worth considering as you progress through university and beyond.

The Lex 100 extends a big thank you to all those who have participated thus far.

If anyone would like to suggest a future Top Tips topic please email Hawys Boobier, The Lex 100 editor, at

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 16:32

Top Tips on Standing Out From the Crowd by Birketts LLP

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With many candidates seeking to attend more than one vacation placement scheme the application process is frequently as (if not more) competitive than for training contracts. Furthermore, like many firms Birketts is increasingly moving towards the vacation scheme as an exclusive method to recruit for training contracts on the basis it provides for a two week period of assessment rather than more limited exposure over the course of an interview or assessment centre.

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Lydia Williams studied at York University and started her training contract with Travers Smith in September 2017. Here, Lydia reflects on her experience of the application process and offers 10 insightful tips on choosing a law firm that's right for you. 

Sivaloganathan Kumaran completed a Masters in Engineering at Durham and undertook his GDL and LPC at BPP Law School. Sivaloganathan attended a Bristows Science & Engineering Open Day in April 2015 and subsequently successfully applied for a training contract with the firm, which began in September 2017. Here, he reflects on his experiences and shares ten pieces of advice on researching the legal market.

Jordan Jacobs studied Law at the University of Warwick, and is currently a trainee solicitor at Davis Polk. Here, he shares with us his advice on how to compile a knockout CV.

Daniel Foley graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English with Study in North America and went on to complete the GDL and LPC. He completed vacation schemes with Taylor Wessing, Nabarro and White & Case in 2015, and began his training contract with Taylor Wessing in September 2017. He offers a few wise words on how to approach university life.

Ediz Osman studied Law at the University of Warwick and is currently undertaking his training contract at CMS. Here, Ediz offers us his timely advice on how to prepare for an afternoon at a law fair.

Warren Wellington studied Law at the University of Leeds. He completed vacation schemes with Norton Rose Fulbright, Shearman & Sterling and in the London and Singapore offices of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF). Warren began his London training contract with HSF in September 2016, and has kindly shared with us his advice on how to excel at an assessment day.

Freddie Mehlig studied Law at the University of Bristol. He completed vacation schemes with Kennedys and Capsticks in 2014, and began his training contract with Kennedys in September 2016. He is therefore well-placed to share with us his advice on all things vacation schemes…

Harry Jewson read Law at New College, Oxford. He completed vacation schemes with Burges Salmon, Nabarro (now CMS) and Taylor Wessing and also did a few days shadowing at shadowing at No. 6 Chambers Birmingham. He began his training contract with Burges Salmon in September 2016, and kindly shares with us his top tips on preparing for a law firm interview.

Ben Tansey studied Law at Durham University. He completed a few vacation schemes in the City, and, after receiving offers from two different firms, accepted a training position at Weil Gotshal & Manges which started in March 2016. He has kindly shared with us his top 10 tips on securing a training contract.

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