Manchester sponsors

Network with a hand-picked group of some of the most well-known
and highly regarded law firms in not just the country, but the world.

BLM

With strong ambitions for growth and expansion, BLM’s goal is to be recognised as one of the leading global insurance and risk law specialists by 2020. The firm is deeply embedded in the insurance sector, the Lloyd’s and London Market and among brokers, and represents 13 of the top 15 UK insurers and four of the top five global insurers. Its team, comprising over 200 partners and more than 800 legal specialists, now works with more customers across more lines of business than ever before. BLM is recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to support customers, helping them to find solutions to their problems. The firm’s purpose is to positively impact upon its customers’ businesses and its sectors.

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DWF Group PLC

DWF is a leading global provider of integrated legal and business services, operating across eight key sectors in over 30 global locations with over 4,000 people. Our purpose is to deliver positive outcomes with our colleagues, clients and communities.

The legal market has changed profoundly in the last decade and the speed of change continues to increase. There is a clear and growing desire for legal services to be delivered in an easier and more efficient way. So we’ve listened to our clients and designed a range of services to meet these needs.

Our vision is to deliver integrated legal and business services on a global scale through our three offerings; Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services. Our ability to seamlessly combine any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions for our clients is our key differentiator. This Integrated Legal Management approach delivers greater operational efficiency, price certainty and transparency for our clients. Without compromising on quality or service.

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Gateley Legal

Gateley stands apart from the crowd because of what we do and who we are. The first commercial law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange, our strategy is to differentiate what we do by diversifying the professional services that we offer our clients and to incentivise our people. It is this strategy that has seen our turnover nearly double since we listed and our team grow to around 1000 people. We are a business that has a great story to tell and an even more exciting one planned.

We recognise the importance of creating a rewarding place to work. As a Plc we are uniquely positioned to offer equity participation for all individuals. You can become a Gateley shareholder and share in the success of the business. Over 57% of our colleagues have done just that through one of the three share schemes which are available to all employees across the group.

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Hill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson we understand that our people, our clients and our communities are at the heart of everything we do. We are an internationally recognised law firm that delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum across the UK, Europe and Asia with more than 850 people, including 185 partners and legal directors. We offer the full range of commercial legal services, from employment, property and construction to corporate, commercial and dispute resolution. We have strength, experience and presence in a number of market sectors, including marine, transportation and logistics, retail, public and private health (including life sciences), international trade, education, banking and financial services.

Our training contracts offer tailored, focused routes, allowing you to train in the area of law you want to progress in so that you can become a specialised lawyer from the outset. We believe that aligning your career to a sector of law you are truly passionate about will benefit your development and knowledge, allowing you to become the best future lawyer at Hill Dickinson that you can be.

We are adopting the SQE route via a graduate apprenticeship, meaning we cover the cost of your fees and you will receive an apprentice salary while you study. The programme is focused on equipping our trainees with the skills they need to be successful lawyers of the future, with modules including project management and innovation.

At Hill Dickinson we understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people. And that by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work can we benefit from their rich and varied strengths. We have developed a diversity framework, which covers six pillars, to help us break down any assumed barriers to recruitment, progression and retention, and offer equal opportunities to all. This framework guides our activity and each pillar has its own networking group – colleagues meet regularly to ensure we’re acknowledging, celebrating and supporting all of our people.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

At Addleshaw Goddard, we are more than just exceptional lawyers: we are leaders in client investment and understanding. With over 1,200 lawyers based across the globe, we have a deep understanding of our markets and sectors.  We act for our clients whatever the scale of their requirements, and have been instructed by over 40 FTSE 100 companies in the last 12 months. Our business is about strong client relationships built on successful delivery across national and international markets. We have 13 offices worldwide, which we link together with a network of likeminded global partners. Where we don’t have offices, we work with firms well known to us, to deliver an international capability.

Equally important is strong loyalty which is proven through 75% of our clients who have been with us for more than 10 years.​​​​​​​

Join us, and wherever you are based, you will work side-by-side with blue chip clients in a supportive-yet-challenging environment. This is a structured training programme, and it is designed with your future success in mind.

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Nottingham Law School

With over 50 years’ experience supporting students, Nottingham Law School is one of the UK’s largest and most established law schools. Delivering first-class teaching, fantastic facilities and flexible courses, we support legal professionals at every stage of their careers.

We pride ourselves on our dynamic and personal Law School community, creating many fantastic opportunities for our students. The Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, our unique and ground-breaking teaching law firm, provides a number of pro bono activities. Other school community activities include mooting, volunteering, work experience, overseas placements, summer schools, guest lectures, careers skills workshops, professional and networking lunches, prize giving ceremonies and much more.

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Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths is a progressive, forward-thinking law firm with a real spirit of enterprise. Since 1845 it has been delivering legal services to businesses and individuals, and in the last 10 years it opened new offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, and expanded the range and size of its service teams. It is one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing national law firms, with over 800 lawyers and 13 locations. The firm offers strength and depth in each core discipline, together with specialist teams of lawyers in areas including competition and EU procurement, pensions and tax. In addition to legal expertise, Shoosmiths lawyers provide cost transparency, business sense, clear reporting and accessibility.

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Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, specialising particularly in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The firm employs over 3,000 people worldwide, including around 1,500 lawyers and more than 400 partners. The firm’s international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK’s three legal jurisdictions.

We believe that if we do business in the right way and for the right reasons, success that will flow from that. Over the last year we have:

  • Launched the Mindful Business Charter with Barclays and Addleshaw Goddard. 21 organisations have now signed up
  • Been listed as Stonewall’s most inclusive LGBT+ employer
  • Been ranked as a Times top 50 employer for women for the third time
  • Affirmed our commitment to UN Global Goals for sustainable development
  • Joined the Valuable 500 campaign, which seeks to place disability inclusion on the board agenda of 500 global businesses
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Jones Day

One firm worldwide

As a truly global law firm, Jones Day lawyers enjoy an exciting career, alongside more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices and 18 different jurisdictions. New lawyers have the opportunity to be involved in demanding and complex matters, advising multinational clients encountering globalized challenges. The firm is distinguished by the seamless collaboration of a true partnership; a singular tradition of client service; and shared professional values.

Non-rotational training contract

Our distinctive training contract structure is integral to our culture and success and the benefits are felt at every level. In the absence of a rigid seat-system, trainees have the flexibility to mould their career from the earliest opportunity and enjoy a high level of responsibility. Our trainees are quickly integrated into various teams across the firm and gain unparalleled exposure to different areas of law.

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