• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • I took on ad hoc tasks given to me by team members. Tasks included proofreading, research and drafting. I was also asked to present some of my research at the end of the week. Additionally, there were various talks and sessions about Simmons & Simmons and the various practice groups the firm has.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Developed skills in presenting, research and collaborative working (using co-authoring technology).

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • The scheme provided a useful and detailed insight into the business. A particular highlight was Ben McGuire’s session on Simmons & Simmons Solutions business where there was a demonstration of some high-tech tools that Simmons maintains, sells and uses. Also valuable was the insight into life as a trainee and your assigned trainee buddy is invaluable in this respect. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very good, did not have any negative interactions. All members of the team made time to interact with vacation schemers, even more difficult considering the scheme was virtual. We also had informal discussions with other partners from outside our assigned groups which offered further insight and were much appreciated.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • Very enjoyable scheme (considering it was virtual!). Grad recruitment made an effort with two virtual socials in a week. The work was engaging and enjoyable and felt valuable and valued by the team. The team were very friendly and interactions were always a pleasure!

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Simmons & Simmons LLP to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Research the firm and it’s sectors in a lot of detail before applying. Also be clear and confident on some “typical” interview/application questions e.g. why law, why Simmons etc. Be friendly and outgoing to everyone you meet and offer your assistance enthusiastically whenever you can!

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


Central London and City

November 2021

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