Farrer & Co
Farrer & Co is an independent law firm with a rich history. A centuries-long tradition of advising private families, individuals and charitable institutions is today complemented by our work with businesses and entrepreneurs, from asset managers and sports bodies to international media groups.
We look to be the market leader in our chosen areas of expertise, advising clients on the contentious and non-contentious legal, business and personal issues they face.
Our reputation and success is based on the goodwill of numerous close client relationships. We are trusted advisers, acting in our clients’ long-term interests and paying careful attention to quality and personal service.
Our clients tell us they value us for our integrity, good judgement and professional excellence, as well as our broad perspective, practical solutions and value for money. They describe us as ‘a likeable bunch’ too
We are unusual amongst the country’s leading law firms in having a very distinctive culture. That culture comes from the heart of the firm - our people - whose personality, knowledge and expertise shines through in all areas of our service.
Whether we are recruiting lawyers, trainees or business support staff, we look for characterful individuals who share an interest in people, attributes we know will appeal to clients and colleagues alike.
We recruit people from all backgrounds and cultures, and people who will add value to the firm and make a real contribution to its future. In return, we offer a stimulating and rewarding career with an attractive salary and benefits package, as well as learning support.
We ensure that whatever the role at whatever the level, our people lead challenging and satisfying careers, providing them with the support and resources required for continuous development and a rewarding work/life balance.
Add to that our competitive salaries and benefits scheme, as well as an enviable programme of social events, and you have a career full of variety and fulfilment.
We are proud of our high retention record. With one of the highest lawyer retention rates in the sector, we invest in our people, equipping them with the latest legal knowledge, methods and technology to give our clients the best possible service. And with numerous awards and great testimonials from our people themselves, we have a reputation as one of London’s best law firms to work for.
Every year we take on between eight and ten trainees. These are people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures who recognise the importance of working for a law firm that regards trainees as an essential part of the team.
Not only will you receive support and advice and learn from some of the country’s top lawyers, you will gain valuable experience in all aspects of the day-to-day work of the firm, including assisting in transactions, meeting with clients and drafting documents, not to mention attending client events and firm social activities.
We offer two years of challenge, variety and fantastic training, and are proud to say that most of our trainees stay with the firm for a long and fulfilling career.
What we look for
Being a good lawyer requires much more than excellent academic ability. It involves teamwork, commercial awareness, intuition, versatility, the ability to get on with a variety of people, and great communication skills, and we will be looking for all of these when choosing trainees.
But more than that, we are looking for people with engaging personalities, people who understand that practising law is more than the ability to analyse. It is about the ability to understand people as well as issues, and presenting often complex material in an open and accessible way. Of course, a sense of humour also helps.
If you can demonstrate those qualities, and have a genuine interest in what we do, then we would encourage you to apply.