The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
International law firm Squire Patton Boggs has offices in 20 countries over five continents and is one of the largest law firms in the world by total headcount. The firm advises a diverse mix of clients from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments.
The star performers
Asset-based lending; Brand management; Commercial property; Competition litigation; Employment: employers and senior executives; Environment; EU and competition: trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs; Flotations: small and mid-cap; Fraud: civil; Gaming and betting; Health and safety; IT and telecoms; Licensing; M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m; Pensions; Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables); Private equity: transactions – mid-market deals; Securitisation; Sport
Acted for the sellers of Bullitt Group Limited and certain members of the management team in the £120m sale of the company to Exponent Private Equity; acting for Cathay Pacific in the EC cartel investigation in the Airfreight case; assisted Telegraph Media Group on its contract with PA News concerning the daily supply of data and images for use in their print and online publications; advised PNC Business Credit on a £30m ABL facility to premium wine and spirits wholesaler Enotria & Coe; acted for LMAX Exchange on its £22m buy-out of Paddy Power Betfair
Bank of America; Birmingham City Council; Cancer Research UK; London Taxi; Manchester Airport Group; Zone Limited; TrueLayer; Vp
Squire Patton Boggs offers ‘the right balance between a large international firm and a friendly smaller firm’. The training contract is comprised of six four-month seats, which ‘is very useful when you don’t know what area of law you want to qualify into’. From its UK bases in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, SPB undertakes ‘City-quality work but with a good work/life balance’ and trainees are ‘very involved in transactions and cases, as opposed to dipping in and out of discrete tasks’. Work highlights include ‘negotiating the contract of a Premier League footballer’ and ‘being the only trainee on a five-week commercial court trial’. Client secondments are ‘widely available’ and were described by respondents as a ‘brilliant experience’ offering ‘excellent exposure with lots of responsibility and room to develop’. Some trainees even completed secondments before they started their training contracts. ‘Being such a large firm, there are many systems and processes to follow which can be a hindrance and time consuming’, grumbled one recruit. There was also a feeling that the firm ‘undersells itself’ so that ‘not many people in the wider public recognise who we are’. But on a positive note, ‘although you’re expected to work late and at weekends when needed, it’s certainly not the culture of the firm’. It is encouraging to hear that ‘every member of the firm, no matter how senior, is approachable and inclusive’ and thanks to a lack of competitive trainee culture, ‘we seem to have more of a friendship’. To work at a firm with an ‘international outlook but with an emphasis on local businesses’, research 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:7 Devonshire Square, London , EC2M 4YH
Telephone: 0800 163 498
Senior partner: Jane Haxby
Other offices: 47 offices in 20 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 47 offices across 20 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 the relevant course taken.
Facts and figures
Total partners: circa 500
Other fee-earners: circa 1,300
Total trainees: 46
Trainee places available for 2021: 23
Applications received pa: circa 600 for winter placement scheme, circa 700 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: £68,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £42,000
Apply to:Victoria Pickworth Booth, emerging talent manager
When to apply:We only consider candidates who have been on one of our placement schemes.
What'ss involved:Online application, digital assessment, assessment centre, interview and presentation at end of placement scheme.
Summer:London 24 June-5 July 2019, Manchester 24 June-5 July 2019, Birmingham 1-12 July 2019, Leeds 1-12 July 2019 (apply by 8 January 2019)
Winter: 10–14 December 2018 (apply by 1 November 2018)