Spring Insight Scheme Intern Review

by Simmons & Simmons LLP


  • Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • On the first day we had talks from partners, associates, and trainees at the firm about their experiences and how they got to Simmons along with talks on areas that made Simmons unique such as their ESG sector and Simmons Solutions. We also had social events such as an art tour of the firm, an evening social and coffee with associates from all of Simmons sectors allowing us to ask specific questions to sectors that interested us. On the second day we shadowed trainees and sat in on briefings from associates as well as completing tasks such as filling out a case timetable that would be circulated to those working on the case.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have expanded my networking skills due to the wide variety of networking events both within the firm amongst trainees and with external visitors to the firm at the social events. I have also improved my group work skills due to the pro-bono case study session we attended and gained a better understanding into how large commercial firms incorporate pro-bono into the firms structure. During my time shadowing trainees I learnt new skills critical to begin a lawyer such as being highly analytical of my work to ensure there is less room for errors.

  • 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?
  • 4/5

  • 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 solutions session on Simmons use of technology and new data-analysing tools was incredibly useful to help understand the pioneering culture at Simmons and how the firm encourages creative thinking with relation to improving efficiency when dealing with complex disputes. In terms of the roles and routes into Simmons, such as understanding more about the vacation scheme, the scheme was beneficial as it highlighted the freedom of trainess when choosing their seats as well as the variety of routes available to students.

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

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 4/5

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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture at Simmons was incredibly welcoming and relaxed even during the trainee shadowing session. I felt fully supported during the scheme and able to ask questions and get advice as well as build friendships with my fellow trainees.

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

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

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

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • The scheme was very enjoyable as it combined networking opportunities, information sessions and real-life work experience ensuring I had a well-rounded insight into Simmons and the application process.

  • 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
  • Ensure you have a grasp of Simmons different sectors, especially core sectors relating to finance and fund management as even if you don't end up shadowing this specific area lots of areas tie into the core sectors. Also research some of the areas of Simmons that make it unique such as their ESG sector and Simmons solutions so that you feel confident in the information sessions.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)



April 2024

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