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.

Best Recruiter – Large City Firm


Allen & Overy LLP

Slaughter and May

Reed Smith

Hogan Lovells

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The main application question was not the typical “Why law?” or “Why a City firm?”; rather, it was aimed at understanding the applicant, their background, their achievements and what they were interested in, which provides scope for a broader range of answers and, ultimately, a more diverse intake.

Travers Smith LLP

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm


Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Brsitows LLP

Farrer & Co LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

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.

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Royds Withy King

Bevan Brittan LLP

Muckle LLP

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Trethowans LLP

Hugh James

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.

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm


Freeths LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Walker Morris LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson


Osborne Clarke LLP

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

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP

Atherton Godfrey

Kesar & Co Solicitors

Thackray Williams LLP

Helix Law

The partners are directly involved in recruitment, which gives a clear point of contact and also establishes a good relationship from the very beginning of the recruitment process.

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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.

Best Trainer – Large City Firm


Clyde & Co LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Taylor Wessing

Excellent training, plenty of responsibility and trust, and great exposure to a variety of work and to clients at an early stage.

Baker McKenzie

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm:

Devonshires Solicitors

Leigh Day

Withers LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Farrer & Co LLP

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

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Foot Anstey LLP

Steele Raymond

Blaser Mills



Mundays LLP

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

I have conducted my own client meetings, as well as fee earners making a real effort to take me to their meetings where appropriate. I feel very valued and am always happy to come into work.

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Browne Jacobson LLP

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP


Pinsent Masons LLP


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.

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Curzon Green Solicitors

Birchall Blackburn Law

Thackray Williams LLP

Atkins Hope

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors LLP

I can’t speak highly enough of the client interaction afforded to trainees at the firm. From almost my first week, I was meeting clients and being exposed to real-life legal issues. This has given my fellow trainees and me a practical, human approach to solving legal issues that you just can’t get sitting at a computer all day.

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

White & Case LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

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.

Best Training Principal – Large trainee intake

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Osborne Clarke

Withers LLP

Ceri is very friendly and enthusiastic about the training programme at Withers. I know they are always available, and I can contact them if I have any issues or general queries about my training.

Best Training Principal – Small trainee intake

Blaser Mills


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Mundays LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Mark is an excellent training principal. They are very warm, friendly and approachable. They offer practical insights and help prepare you to be a good associate. They are not only helpful in respect of work issues, but also personal matters.

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm


Watson Farley & Williams LLP



Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Hogan Lovells

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.

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Blake Morgan LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Addleshaw Goddard


Ward Hadaway

Osborne Clarke LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

The firm’s culture particularly struck me; we were given trainee buddies and everyone was genuinely friendly. Now I have joined the firm, some of the connections I made on my vac scheme got in touch to welcome me. The work was high quality and I got a real flavour for how life would work here.

Commendation for Diversity

Reed Smith

This firm stood out for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, but also for a passion to drive change within the profession.

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