The LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards celebrate the law firms that do training and recruitment best.

Learn what makes our award-winning firms special when it comes to training contracts, recruitment and vacation schemes, plus what distinguishes them commercially.

With enriching training and fair recruitment at the heart of what they do, these leading firms provide opportunities to shine, whether in the City or a regional hub.

Winner Profiles

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

A brilliant level of client contact from an early stage and a nurturing environment where each supervisor looks out for your best interests. Read winner profile

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm:

Farrer & Co LLP

The work environment is brilliant, with a truly collegiate feel. It strikes the right balance between efficiency, hard work and support. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Forsters LLP

The recruitment process was excellently run. With friendly communication, and a high level of partner involvement, I was made to feel that the firm genuinely valued its trainees and was fully invested in the recruitment process. Read winner profile

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher UK LLP

The vacation scheme gave me a real insight into the work areas and environment of the firm, and I felt as if I was undertaking the same sort of work that I would be doing as a trainee. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Michelmores LLP

The firm demonstrated themselves to be very approachable, proactive in their approach to me as an individual, and flexible about integrating me into the recruitment process. Read winner profile

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Mills & Reeve LLP

The supervision is excellent. As a trainee you are treated equally to fellow fee-earners and receive meaningful and valuable work. I was given exposure to clients very early on in my first seat, alongside a brilliant support system. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Osborne Clarke LLP

The recruitment process was fantastic. Everyone was very friendly and supportive, and I was made to feel at home. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

I enjoyed the recruitment process at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP the most out of all those I applied to. It was straightforward and transparent. The interviews with a partner and counsel were informal and conversational, focusing on commercial awareness and my CV. Read winner profile


The LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards recognise excellence at all levels. Our 17 winners and their fellow nominees come from every category of law firm, from the City to the high street.

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About us

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The awards results are based on an extensive yearly survey of trainee and newly qualified solicitors. Survey respondents are asked to frankly assess their own experiences and score their firm on a number of criteria related to the recruitment, training, work placement scheme and training principal.

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