University of Nottingham Law Society



Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard we are more than just exceptional lawyers. We attract smart and energetic people who are committed to our clients' success and believe in teamwork and professionalism combined with a personal touch. A real meeting of minds. It's one of the reasons why we're sure you'll enjoy working with us.


Allen & Overy

Allen and Overy are a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over thirty countries around the world.

They are the only firm to have featured in the top five of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm Awards every year since its creation, and the only firm to have won it four times. Last year they worked for 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies and promoted 20 new partners around the globe. This phenomenal success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. A&O are ambitious and forward-thinking, committed to growing their business and meeting the future head-on. They’re not afraid of change, and believe in challenging the status quo.

Their track record of innovation is second to none. From their expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working for partners, Fuse and alternative resourcing options such as, Peerpoint and aosphere, A&O set the standard for what a global law firm should look like. They’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way. They’re proud to have the resources, the passion and the mind-set to build solutions for the future, whatever it may hold.



 Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years. In this time, they have won over 165 awards thanks to their in-depth understanding of their clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service. They have become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law.

They have 25 offices in 15 countries ranging from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. They provide the reach and insight of a global network combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets.


Baker McKenzie

Named International Firm of the year at the African Legal Awards, Baker McKenzie has consistently been selected by clients as the leading international legal brand. They remain the leading cross-border law firm for complex transactional and contentious work involving multiple jurisdictions. That's why they are top of mind across so many countries and areas of law.

They take pride in their futuristic vision: “The New Lawyer for the New World”. Their lawyers are able to help clients navigate a constantly changing and challenging market by acquiring a new type of thinking and a different mind-set. This is a firm that embraces new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in these uncertain times.

Through their pro-bono work, they contribute to peaceful negotiations, protect the persecuted, advise on environmental projects and guide government policy.


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With 1,600 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

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Burges Salmon

Based at the heart of one of the UK’s best cities to live in, we’re an independent UK law firm with an enviable range of national and international clients. Joining our awardwinning training programme, you’ll enjoy exposure to our high profile client list and friendly, collaborative culture as you gain quality experience across a broad range of legal practices.


Clyde and Co

Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused law firm with more than 2,000 legal professionals and 3,300 staff in 48 offices and associated offices on six continents. It has a focus on five core global sectors - insurance, trade and commodities, energy, transport and infrastructure - that position it at the heart of global trade and commerce. It has a strong emerging markets focus and the largest disputes practice of any UK-origin law firm. The firm, which has doubled in size twice in the last ten years, is one of the fastest growing law firms in the world and has ambitious plans for further growth.




Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS operates in 34 countries and from 60 offices worldwide. 3,200 CMS lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to client need, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

‘Your World First’ is their motto. They are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven. 


Debevoise and Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. By any measure, Debevoise is among the leading law firms in the world. Nearly 85% of our partners are recognized by ChambersThe Legal 500 or IFLR. The firm was also the winner of The American Lawyer’s “10-Year A-List,” a ranking of the law firms who have earned the highest cumulative score on the A-List since its inception.

Approximately 700 lawyers work in nine offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. Our lawyers prioritize developing a deep understanding of the business of our clients. We then pursue each matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results. Further, Debevoise is recognized as one of the leading firms for diversity. We believe that a diverse workforce, where all of our colleagues feel respected, builds a stronger firm, and benefits clients and the wider community.

The firm’s culture fosters a collaborative approach across disciplines and regions, and, as a result, clients benefit from the dedication, cohesiveness and superior quality that we bring to all of our work worldwide.



We are the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for our innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.


DLA Piper


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning used to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Their clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies in developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. They also advise governments and public sector bodies.

In 2005 DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world through a merger of unprecedented scope. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of handling the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.



We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients. We have over 25 key locations and 2,700 people delivering services and solutions that go beyond expectations. We have received recognition for our work by The Financial Times who named us as one of Europe's most innovative legal advisers, and we have a range of stand-alone consultative services, technology and products in addition to the traditional legal offering. We are finding new solutions for clients within eight core sectors including energy and industrials, financial services, insurance, public sector, real estate, retail, food and hospitality, technology and transport. We work with a range of FTSE 100 multinational household names to private individuals, from both the public and private sector.


Gibson Dunn

We are one of the top law firms in the world with a London practice established over 30 years ago. We are a recognised leader in representing companies ranging from start-up ventures to multinational corporations in all major industries. With more than 1,300 attorneys in 20 offices, we are committed to providing top-tier legal services across all key practice areas to meet the needs of our clients. We strongly encourage candidates interested in a training contract to apply for a place on our summer vacation placement scheme, rather than directly for a training contract. To date, over 90% of our trainees have been recruited from our summer vacation placement scheme.


Hogan Lovells

 A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with prestigious clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. This is the dynamic that sets Hogan Lovells apart as a firm.

This firm has offices in over 52 cities worldwide in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin American, Middle East and North America.

They base their work on 5 embedded values which are that “the clients come first”, “excellence in all we do”, “one team worldwide”, “commitment to our firm’s success” and “good citizenship”.


Latham and Watkins


Described as a ‘Game Changer’ by the Financial Times’ 2015 report, Latham & Watkins is recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions and disputes. They have offices in 31 cities worldwide in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America. These strategically pair local market knowledge with the firm’s global resources.

Clients describe the firm’s lawyers as smart, commercial and pragmatic. Latham & Watkins’s teams use their considerable experience, creativity and drive to get deals across the line and find resolutions to clients' most complex legal issues.

The firm has been named among “Best Law Firms for Women” for the 10th consecutive year in 2017 as it has provided “workplace policies and programs that support and advance . . . female attorneys."




A committed firm of globally minded lawyers. A strong culture and strong leadership means that Linklaters stays entirely focused on their clients and their businesses. The strength and depth of their practices, client relationships, sector approach, the quality of their people and global platform give them significant competitive advantage.

Their corporate division is recognised as a world leader in mergers, acquisitions, flotations, joint ventures and private equity. It advises on what are often pioneering deals.

With offices in over 35 countries worldwide and with over 5,225 workers, they undertake assignments for world leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them solve the most complex and important legal issues.




"Law Firm of the Year" at the British Legal Awards 2014, MacFarlanes are a distinctive law firm with a straightforward, independently-minded approach.

Their approach can be resumed into 3 values; “our partners focus on clients”, “our size works” (this firm is deliberately smaller than most in order to provide a collective experience as their lawyers talk to one another) and finally “our clients are individuals” (issues and needs of each clients are different).

Their clients include some of the world's most successful and ambitious businesses and business leaders, from multinational companies to high-net-worth individuals.

Mayer Brown

We are one of the world’s leading global law firms with 26 offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Through the extensive international expertise of our lawyers and our presence in the leading financial centres around the world, Mayer Brown provides high quality legal advice and client-focused solutions to support many of the world’s leading businesses. Our lawyers have expertise across a wide range of areas including corporate and securities, banking and finance, real estate, litigation (including dispute resolution, construction and engineering, insurance and reinsurance, antitrust and competition), employment, pensions, tax, intellectual property and restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.


Norton Rose Fulbright


This is a global law firm with more than 4,000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities worldwide in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

They are strongly recognised as being experts for the industry sector in domains such as financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining, transport, technology, innovation, life science and health care. They leverage their industry experience with their knowledge of legal, regulatory and governance issues in order to provide their clients with the risks that their business may face.

They base their work on the global business principles of quality, unity and integrity in order to provide a constantly high standard of legal service.


Sidley Austin


This law firm has offices in the world’s vital commercial and financial markets such as Europe, America and Asia Pacific. It is comprised of a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Their lawyers’ aim is to provide seamless legal advice no matter where your business takes you.

They believe in creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds by retaining and promoting outstanding lawyers reflecting global marketplace and communities that we serve. Their staff devote more than 100,000 hours annually to pro bono work as they believe in making an impact by making positive changes wherever they can. As part of their corporate responsibility program, they are also in partnership with charitable organisations enabling their lawyers to contribute their talents to a variety of volunteering projects that benefit communities in need.


Simmons & Simmons


Named “Legal Innovator of the Year” by the Financial Times Innovative Awards in 2016, this law firm is of world class standard in tune with the business world. They have offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Their turnover for 2015/2016 was £294.3m.

They focus their work on each client’s distinct demands by learning about the sectors in which they operate in order to understand what each client will find valuable. They provide an innovative service which is consistently excellent to suit each individual relationship.

Their corporate responsibility strategy is based on the theme of “access” in order to make the legal profession more accessible to people from lower income backgrounds and to make legal services and funding more accessible to those who cannot afford it.

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Slaughter and May

 Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. Their partners are among the brightest legal minds and many are leaders in their fields. They advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. They have varied client list, ranging from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs.

Their international approach is such that they “team up” with market leading firms around the world sharing their culture of excellence in order to provide the highest quality of advice.

Travers Smith

Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters. Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds.  It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City. Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.


Weil Gotshal & Manges


This firm has been a prominent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Cultural diversity is their strength with offices in 3 continents and 8 countries around the world. Their lawyers speak a total of 49 languages between them.

Their lawyers are recognised by clients, media and professional commentators as being clear, timeless and effective in their counsel and as a result of this they have become the call of first resort when clients face their toughest legal challenges.

They focus their work upon a few core values. Lawyers must have a full understanding of their clients’ business and culture and thoroughly focus on their clients’ objectives in the short term as well as in the long term. This problem solving must be done in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

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Vinson and Elkins

At Vinson & Elkins, our people are our strongest asset. Collaborating seamlessly across 14 offices worldwide, we provide outstanding client service.

Vinson & Elkins offers clients widely recognized legal excellence as well as efficiency and market insights in a manner that reflects the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit

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White & Case

White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers across America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. They are proud to represent some of the world's longest established and most respected names alongside many start-up visionaries.

They conduct their work such that it strikes the balance between understanding and respecting the many cultures whilst developing a single, strong core value system throughout the firm.

Womble Bond Dickinson

We are a full service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. A UK top 20 law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 18 US cities and eight UK cities. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France. In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals.