Reed Smith EmployAbility Training Contract 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 Intake

Start Date

August 2015 / February 2016 and August 2016 / February 2017


London, UK


Trainees undertake 4 seats of 6 months duration


Final and penultimate year law and final year non-law students; law and non-law graduates


Paid - competitive


 Midnight, Monday 30 June 2014

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with Reed Smith to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their Training Contract.

Please be aware that places limited, so make sure that you submit your application early.

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith LLP is a global relationships law firm. With offices spanning the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, they are an entity as diverse as the continents across which they practice and the clients that they serve. They recognize, however, that diverse structure alone does not define true diversity. Instead, at Reed Smith they strive to realize the true value of their constituents - attorneys, staff and clients - by fully integrating their unique talents and perspectives into every aspect of the firm's business.

Culture & Core Values

Although Reed Smith works from multiple locations, the firm's lawyers are linked by more than technology. They all share a common culture, with Core Values supporting Reed Smith's firm-wide commitment to add value, achieve excellence, and promote professional development. These foster a workplace in which diversity and inclusion, pro bono service and community support are manifest.

As the firm continues to grow, it remains sharply attuned to its Core Values, which define its professional character as well as what clients can expect from Reed Smith lawyers, who live these values every day

While the scope of Reed Smith's operations evolve with clients' needs, the firm's Core Values remain constant:

  • Integrity
  • Quality
  • Teamwork and Respect
  • Performance
  • Innovation and Improvement

Their Diversity and Inclusion Initiative embodies each of these core values as we recognize that diversity at all levels of an organization is a true sign of a successful enterprise. Their priority is to recruit, retain and promote individuals not just without regard to their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status or physical challenge, but because of these unique qualities and the value they bring to their organization and clients.


Trainee Solicitors - London

For the ambitious graduate wishing to train as a commercial lawyer, Reed Smith offer trainees first-rate work in an informative, challenging and busy atmosphere where your contribution counts from day one. They are looking for exceptional trainees to contribute to their future growth in the London office.

Training programme

The Reed Smith training programme starts with a detailed induction course and during the first couple of weeks you’ll find out how the firm works, build some vital practical skills and begin some core modules of your Professional Skills Course.

While ‘classroom’ training is very important, your practical legal training and experience is where you really learn how to be a lawyer. Reed Smith handle only commercial matters, both contentious and non-contentious and offer training in company, commercial and finance, commercial litigation, employment, media, energy & natural resources, shipping and property law along with the business skills essential to success as a solicitor. Trainees undertake 4 seats of 6 months duration and you will be able to choose from this wide range of disciplines as well as international and client secondments.

Throughout your training contract you will gain experience and receive training in a variety of areas including advocacy and oral presentation, case and transaction management, client care and practice support, drafting, case management, negotiation and legal research. During each seat you’ll get regular feedback from your supervisor to help you gauge your progress, including a mid seat and end of seat appraisal.

Qualifications and Skills

Reed Smith are looking for candidates from any degree discipline. They are also looking for you to demonstrate that you have the skills and behaviours which would expect from their trainees and these are as follows:

Legal Skills

  • Practice Skills and Knowledge - learns the basics
  • Research and Analysis - approaches research and analysis logically
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills - communicates clearly and concisely; is a good listener


  • Developing Self and Others - actively makes use of opportunities to further own development
  • Teamwork and Collaboration - works co-operatively with colleagues

Business Skills

  • Leadership - understands Reed Smith's strategy, values and policies
  • Matter and Financial Management - manages own time commercially


  • Client Relationships - seeks to understand and meet client needs
  • Business Development - builds knowledge of the firm's capabilities and establishes relationships

Finding out more

To find out more about life at Reed Smith, please read through their graduate recruitment brochure.

Frequently asked questions about the Reed Smith graduate programmes can be found on the Reed Smith website here

The competencies that applicants will be judged on can be found here

The Application Process

Candidates apply through EmployAbility but each applicant is assessed against Reed Smith's core competencies and selected through their recruitment process. Successful candidates are hired directly into the Reed Smith's Training Contract and participate in every aspect of it.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the Programme, please contact Sarah Denness on +44 (0)7852 764 684 or email

This programme is now closed for applications.


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The work undertaken by the EmployAbility team is essential to the diversification of the workplace when it comes to disability, and the understanding of the wide range of skills that such individuals can bring to the legal profession.

TC, BPP Law School, 2016

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