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

Baker McKenzie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Hogan Lovells

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

I was very impressed with the recruitment process. The team are friendly and welcoming, and I felt I was informed throughout the process.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Taylor Wessing

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Bristows LLP

Farrer & Co LLP

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP

The recruitment process was one of the most approachable applications I took part in. It was the only firm where I felt as though I could just be myself in during the open days and assessments.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP


Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Bevan Brittan LLP

DMH Stallard LLP

Leathes Prior

Michelmores LLP

Roythornes Solicitors

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

The firm was particularly efficient in their recruitment process. They consider their candidates on all aspects, including experiences, and not just academia. As a result, they attract well-rounded, friendly and interesting individuals from a wealth of backgrounds.


Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Addleshaw Goddard

Burges Salmon LLP

DWF Group Plc

Irwin Mitchell LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP



The graduate recruitment team go the extra mile with their recruitment process. They are always on hand to answer questions via various forms of media and make receiving an offer all the more rewarding with special, personal touches.

Womble Bond Dickinson

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Davis Blank Furniss LLP

Hughes Paddison

Humphreys Law

Humphreys Law

The process was very fair and thorough. The interviewers were welcoming and enthusiastic and gave a good impression of the firm.

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors LLP

Owen White

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher UK LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Milbank LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

I applied for multiple training contracts at similar firms in London. I felt that the recruitment process at this firm was considerably less bureaucratic than that of other firms, and that the firm was genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person and whether I would be a good fit.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Best Trainer – Large City Firm

Ashurst LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Charles Russell Speechlys



Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

From the outset, the firm gave me a high level of exposure to client contact, and continues to provide me with work which has real importance. There are lots of opportunities for trainees, both internally and externally.

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm:

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

This firm is an excellent trainer. The structure of appraisals is clear, and feedback is genuinely useful. Everyone is approachable with questions and the partners take a keen interest in trainees. The success of the training programme is reflected in last year’s 100% retention rate.

Dechert LLP

Devonshires Solicitors

Goodman Derrick LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Clarion Solicitors


Forbes Solicitors

Hugh James

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP

I have been given the right level of responsibility as a trainee. I am pushed without feeling overwhelmed. The supervisions have been fantastic and there are some brilliant lawyers at the firm to learn from.

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

Trethowans LLP

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Birketts LLP

Gateley Legal

Hill Dickinson LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

This firm is a wonderful place to train because of its open and friendly culture. It is common to know all of the partners in your department and even to have been for a drink with most of them in your first seat! Senior partners make sure that you are feeling supported even when it gets busy and the pressure is on.


Ward Hadaway

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Atherton Godfrey LLP

Curzon Green Solicitors

Harold Benjamin Solicitors

Kesar & Co Solicitors

Kesar & Co Solicitors

The training at the firm is excellent. The firm operates an open-door policy and your contributions are always considered during team meetings and on a one-to-one basis. The firm allows trainee input in relation to the type of work they get involved with.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Thackray Williams LLP

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Covington & Burling LLP

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP

The firms’ culture is a major asset. They are very friendly and obviously care very much about their new trainees.

Latham & Watkins

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Best Training Principal – Large trainee intake

Fieldfisher – Edward Miller

Gateley Legal – Victoria Garrard

Hill Dickinson LLP – Richard Capper

Macfarlanes LLP – Sean Lavin

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP – Danny Tricot

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP – Danny Tricot

Danny has been a phenomenal training principal and been extremely helpful in helping to guide me through my training contract, along with ensuring my appraisals are fully understood and that I can work on aspects to develop myself as a trainee. He is extremely approachable and always has time for a chat, while also being very friendly in the office.

Withers LLP – Ceri Vokes

Best Training Principal – Small trainee intake

Clarion Solicitors – Ryan Millmore

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP – Ed Hall

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP – Ed Hall

Even as a busy partner, it is clear that Ed makes time for his role as trainee principal. He pays attention to all trainees and their progress and makes himself available to have one on one discussions with individual trainees about their learning and future.

Gosschalks – Richard Taylor

Leathes Prior – Dan Chapman

Milbank LLP – Tom Canning

Steele Raymond LLP – Jennifer Rogerson

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Cooley (UK) LLP


Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

What really stood out for me was how well paired everyone was with their supervisors. You could tell the graduate recruitment team had spent a long time considering who will be the best fit and it really showed how the firm will go the extra mile to make sure your experience is the best it can be.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Addleshaw Goddard


DWF Group Plc

DWF Group Plc

We were given real work in a structured way, with clear expectations and directions to resources. I was taken aback by the level of involvement and commitment of Partners in the process, who took hours out of their day to get to know us at social events and training sessions. This reassured us that the business was taking us seriously and our time was being well spent in choosing this vacation scheme.

Howes Percival LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP


Commendation for Diversity

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright stood out among the submissions for its well-embedded programmes that have made tangible differences to the firm’s recruitment statistics and the way it supports its trainees and employees. By embracing a diversity of views and experiences, the firm is able to attract and retain the best talent. With their emphasis on meeting diversity targets, work with Aspiring Solicitors and adoption of Rare’s contextual recruitment system, and focus on improving BAME representation, Norton Rose Fulbright showed us that they are serious about improving diversity and supporting their employees.

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