The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
International firm Squire Patton Boggs employs over 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries and is one of the largest law firms in the world by total headcount. The firm advises clients ranging from long-established corporations, to smaller businesses, start-ups and sovereign nations.
The star performers
Asset based lending; Brand management; Commercial property; Competition litigation; Gaming and betting; Employment: employers; EU and competition: trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs; Flotations: small and mid-cap; Fraud: civil; Health and safety; Immigration; Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP); IT and telecoms; Licensing; M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m; Pensions; Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; Private equity: transactions; Property litigation; Sport.
Advised Reiss Holdings' shareholders on the £230m sale of their majority stake in the company to Warburg Pincus; advised Bridgemere UK on its £43m sale of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club to Fosun International; assisted Gala Leisure with a major business process change and outsourcing to Playtech; acting for Quintain Development and Estates in several lease forfeitures, dilapidation claims and rights of way issues; assisted Chelsea FC on its sponsorship deal with Samsung.
888.com; Brooklyn NY Holdings; Clipper Logistics; Coats Group; Close Invoice Finance; Hobbs; Macquarie; National Exhibition Centre; One Stop Stores; STV Group.
As a 'global firm with local offices', Squire Patton Boggs 'handles US-quality work and clients' while maintaining its regional bases in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. Trainees comment on the 'good atmosphere at assessment day', where colleagues came across as 'friendly and supportive'. The 'three-week induction at the start of the training contract is a great chance to get up to speed with the firm', and this is complemented by the continued 'comprehensive training'. There are 'lots of options for seats', and the 'work and clients are extremely interesting'. Highlights include 'drafting a submission to a House of Commons inquiry', 'helping with the main transaction documents on two £100m+ deals' and 'closing a deal which had been on-going for two years, after it had nearly collapsed three days previously'. Trainees complain of 'a lack of communication regarding decisions', as for instance the 'seat rotation system lacks transparency'. There are many client secondment opportunities, and to better understand 'what a client looks for in a law firm' is 'incredibly helpful for personal development'. Trainees sometimes work anti-social hours, leading to '2am finishes in the banking department' and 'having to cancel plans to meet up with university friends to work a weekend'. There is a 'good number of trainees' which makes for 'great camaraderie'. The 'friendly culture' extends to 'partners who are approachable and take a real interest in your career', and there are 'a number of great personalities' at the firm. To train at a 'very welcoming' firm that 'continues to expand and develop', take note of Squire Patton Boggs.
A day in the life of...
Robert Broom trainee
Departments to date: Energy and natural resources, real estate
University:City, University of London, and King's College, University of London
Degree:LLB Law, 2(1), LLM international financial law (Merit Achieved)
9.15am: I check all of my emails before I get to work and I prioritise my daily activities based on the tasks I have been given and their accompanying deadlines. This particular day, I was tasked with (i) researching the Renewables Obligation (RO), a support scheme for renewable electricity generation in the UK, and answering a client query regarding participation in the scheme; and (ii) reviewing the CM (a scheme designed to provide backup power for more intermittent and inflexible low-carbon generation sources) rules and accompanying regulations to answer a client query relating to bidding into the CM auction (prospective participants bid into an auction to secure contracts, under which, in return for payments, they provide electricity to National Grid).
9.30am: I began to research the RO and noted that it was closing to new generation on 31 March 2017. After consulting with the applicable regulations and Ofgem guidance papers, I wrote a memorandum setting out the instances where my client can be eligible to be accredited under the RO scheme.
11.15am: I called the electricity regulator, Ofgem, to obtain answers in relation to specific queries relating to accreditation under the RO scheme. I incorporated the responses received in my memorandum.
12.00pm: By this time, I had completed my draft memorandum, which I sent to my supervisor for feedback.
12.15pm: Due to the amount of tasks I had on this particular day, I had lunch at my desk.
12.30pm: I began to review the CM rules and regulations and highlighted key provisions that were applicable to my client in relation to the questions posed. I also reviewed the CM auction guidance papers.
4.00pm: By this time, I had completed my draft memorandum, which I sent to my supervisor for feedback.
4.10pm: I was asked to help with a business development pitch and prepare a methodology on gas sector unbundling. This involved looking at the EU Third Energy Package and associated unbundling models provided by that package, then applying it to the specific jurisdiction.
5.15pm: Having completed the pitch with the business development manager, I updated my trainee diary to reflect the day's activities.
5.30pm: I regularly co-author articles on the latest developments in the energy sector. I have found that this helps me keep up-to-date with changes in the industry. Before leaving for the day, I spent 40 minutes researching the proposed changes to embedded benefits (benefits/payments or saved/avoided expenditure, which can be earned by small-scale embedded generators connected to the distribution network). I incorporated my findings in my draft article. By writing the article, bit by bit, I am ensuring that I will be on schedule to have it ready for partner sign off by the date requested by the publishers.
6.10pm: I updated my timesheets for the day and closed all entries.
About the firm
Address:Rutland House, 148 Edmund Street, Birmingham , B3 2JR
Telephone: 0800 163 498
Senior partner : Jane Haxby
Managing partner - London : Robert Weekes
Managing partner - Manchester : Rob Elvin
Managing partner - Birmingham : Nick Green
Managing partner - Leeds : John Alderton
Other offices: 46 offices in 21 countries
Who we are: We are a global law firm that provides insight where law, business and government meet.
What we do: We provide commercial solutions by combining sector knowledge, legal, lobbying and political capabilities. With over 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries, we have connections on the ground wherever our clients operate.
What we are looking for:
What you'll do:
Perks: 25 days' holiday, death in service, life assurance, pension, income protection. Flexible benefits package which includes private medical insurance, dental insurance, critical illness cover, cashplan, Ride2Work Scheme and season ticket loan.
Sponsorship:We offer financial support for both the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course.
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 20
Applications received pa: circa 500 for winter placement scheme, circa 750 for Summer Placement Scheme
First year: London: £37,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £26,000
Second year: London: £42,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £28,000
Newly qualified: London: £62,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £40,000
Total partners: circa 500
Other fee-earners:circa 1,300
Apply to:Victoria Pickworth Booth, emerging talent manager
What's involved: Online application, digital assessment, assessment centre, interview and presentation at end of placement scheme.
When to Apply:
Winter Vacation Scheme: By 1 November 2017.
Summer Vacation Scheme: By 9 January 2018.