Vacation Scheme at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Corporate Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the insight greatly. I learned a huge amount about the law firm, its practice areas, its culture, and what it would be like to train there. The camaraderie with the other students on the scheme made the socials even more enjoyable, and the trainees were extremely welcoming to all of us.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt extremely valued during my time at Simmons & Simmons. Everyone in the two departments I sat at- from trainees, to associates, to partners- assigned me real, complex work. I felt as though I actually had the chance to contribute to the firm, and while the work was often not straight-forward, I always felt at ease asking questions.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I received a great amount of guidance and support during the insight. From an organisational point of view, graduate recruitment were always on hand to help with any queries. Within each department, my trainee buddies and supervisors checked in with me regularly, making sure I had plenty of work to do and felt comfortable and at home.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I feel that I developed a great number of skills during this placement. Juggling different tasks assigned by various people was a great lesson in time management, while preparing a number of notes on different points of law sharpened my legal research skills. Most importantly, I learned a great amount about the law firm as a business, and the day-to-day skills that a lawyer needs to succeed.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was very well-structured. There was a good balance of talks and networking events with time actually spent in each department doing work, with about one talk or event per day, on average. The socials and talks were very well-organised and a great amount of thought had obviously gone into making them run smoothly.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere during the scheme was friendly, collaborative, and supportive. The trainee cohorts were obviously very close-knit, and they extended their camaraderie to us in a very open and welcoming manner. Everyone in the firm was relaxed and friendly; nobody, even partners, seemed unapproachable, or too busy to come and say hello.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I feel the insight gave me an unbeatable understanding of what working at Simmons & Simmons would be like. Being in two different departments was instructive, because I saw some differences in the way people worked, but that the overall culture remained the same. Everyone I spoke to was very enthusiastic but honest about their experiences at the firm.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

For me, personally, the insight didn't make a huge difference in my career path- but only because I was already very set on becoming a commercial solicitor, and the insight fully confirmed my goals. If a student were unsure about their future, however, this scheme would be hugely useful, because it gives you the chance to do real trainee-level work.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid, and very generously compared to other London vacation schemes. I also particularly appreciated that our salary was paid every Friday during the scheme, instead of afterwards, as many other schemes do. This was particularly important for students who needed the salary in order to stay in London.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were plenty of networking and social events. The networking events allowed me to speak to many senior people from different parts of the firm, which gave an insight beyond the departments I sat in. The evening socials were well-attended by trainees and associates, and a great chance to chat to them more casually.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would absolutely recommend this insight to anyone interested in a career in law. I learned a huge amount about the firm, and I believe I have a true picture of what working there as a trainee solicitor would be like. There are constant opportunities to ask questions and seek out new work, and as long as you take them, you can develop many vital skills.