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


Hogan Lovells

Macfarlanes LLP

The firm has a particularly strong application process. Unlike other firms which have a ‘jumping through hoops’ approach to recruitment, it feels like they are being active in selecting you. The team were friendly and supportive and encouraged applicants to perform at their best.

Reed Smith

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Slaughter and May

Taylor Wessing

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Boodle Hatfield LLP

The process was very open and friendly and the message was clear about what the firm was looking for. They really do look for a good fit, rather than just churning through candidates.

Farrer & Co LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP


Stephenson Harwood LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Birkett Long LLP

Capital Law

Gordons LLP

Michelmores LLP

Muckle LLP

The recruitment process was transparent and open. It gave me a good sense of the firm before being offered a training contract.

Mundays LLP

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Addleshaw Goddard


Burges Salmon LLP


Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP


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.

Womble Bond Dickinson

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Acuity Legal

Curzon Green Solicitors

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors LLP

The process was incredibly fair and thorough. The partners interviewing were extremely welcoming and enthusiastic. The process could not be faulted and it gave a very good impression of the firm.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Cooley (UK) LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher UK LLP

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.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

White & Case LLP

Best Trainer – Large City Firm

Ashurst LLP

Baker McKenzie

Bird & Bird

Trainees are given a huge amount of responsibility at an early stage. There are opportunities for personal development and knowledge sharing, and you are assigned a trainee buddy to offer support and guidance.

Charles Russell Speechlys


Norton Rose Fulbright

Travers Smith LLP

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm:

Bristows LLP

The workplace is open and friendly, and you feel like you can approach people to ask questions. There is great scope for direct client contact.

Collyer Bristow LLP

Devonshires Solicitors

Forsters LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Withers LLP

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Clarion Solicitors

Sills & Betteridge LLP

Steele Raymond LLP

Taylor Walton LLP


I received excellent client contact throughout my training contract. The supervision has been fantastic – there is a good balance between assisted work and independent exercises.

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

Trethowans LLP

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm


Gateley PLC

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

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.

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Atherton Godfrey LLP

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP

Kesar & Co Solicitors

PDT Solicitors

Thackray Williams LLP

The supervision and assistance has been excellent.  The access to senior members of the firm is as good as I could have envisaged, and all members of the firm are pleasant to deal with and helpful.

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Covington & Burling LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Great supervision and training. I felt valued and supported as a trainee and was able to undertake a broad spectrum of work.

Latham & Watkins

Milbank LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Best Training Principal – Large trainee intake

Accutrainee – Susan Cooper

Addleshaw Goddard – Garry Elliott

Hill Dickinson LLP – Richard Capper

I cannot praise this person enough. They are personable, supportive and encouraging. They really listen and take into account your own wishes, strengths and qualities as a trainee, and have a vision for you at the firm that tends to wholly match your own.

Hugh James – Gwen Morgan-Evans

Macfarlanes LLP – Sean Lavin

Weightmans LLP – Sarah Dowd

Best Training Principal – Small trainee intake

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP – Ian Masser

Howard Kennedy – Vernon Dennis

Marriott Harrison LLP – David Strong

Milbank LLP – Tom Canning

Our training principal is extremely approachable and discreet, human and understanding. They are very clearly enthusiastic about the training programme and receptive to new ideas from the trainees on how the programme is run.

Thrings – Fiona Kellow

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP – Sue Greaves

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.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP


Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Withers LLP

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Burges Salmon LLP


Michelmores LLP

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.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Ward Hadaway

Commendation for Diversity

Dechert LLP

Dechert immediately stood out among the submissions for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, and its passion for driving change within the profession across a whole range of areas. Their unrivalled success in partnering with Aspiring Solicitors for two years coupled with their recent adoption of Rare’s contextual recruitment system has resulted in extremely impressive statistics. With the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, various initiatives, and a focus on mental health training, Dechert showed us that they are serious about improving diversity and supporting their employees.

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