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 Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Mills & Reeve LLP

The scheme was well structured with a good mix of training, networking, genuine work and social activities. Trainees went out of their way to introduce us to life at the firm and make us feel at home. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

I particularly noticed the amount of support and contact between accepting the training contract and starting at the firm. I hadn’t expected this and it was a welcome surprise to feel as though your progress was being monitored before you had even begun. Read winner profile

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Osborne Clarke LLP

I feel well supported and encouraged rather than afraid to ask questions. The firm is really sociable and there are a lot of opportunities to speak to NQs and second-seat trainees about their experiences, and get tips on how to be a good trainee in your seat. Read winner profile

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm


The firm was really open and transparent throughout the process, and notified us of the outcome very quickly. The process wasn’t just judged on one interview after the application stage – it was split over one day into a variety of sections which gave candidates the opportunity to excel in many different areas. Read winner profile

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Farrer & Co LLP

I completed vacation schemes at four firms across two years, and this firm stood out as the best for the quality of work and people I met. There was great exposure to different departments and clients. 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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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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