FAQs

You’ve got an inquisitive mind and plenty of questions, so how can we help?

First, check out our FAQs below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for though, you can get in touch with us on our active social media channels. Alternatively, you could also come along and meet us in person to ask your question if you’d prefer, and you’ll also find our contact details at the bottom of the page.

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FAQs

Vacation schemes and work experience

Do you have internships or work experience opportunities?

Our vacation schemes are the closest you’ll find to internships – three-week programmes running in the summer holidays. We don’t offer any other ad hoc work experience, because we believe in a level playing field, where everyone goes through the same process and gets exactly the same opportunities. That said, we do run open days if you’d like to get a taste for the firm, and you can find out more about them and about all our opportunities here.

Do you accept speculative applications for work experience

No, we only consider applications to our formal opportunities, so that everyone goes through the same fair process.

What are your application deadlines?

A full list of our application deadlines can be found here. As we fill our roles on a first come first served basis, we strongly recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

How many vacation scheme places do you have each year?

Summer vacation schemes: 2 schemes with approximately 6 places on each.

I'm doing a four-year law course with a year abroad. When should I apply for a summer vacation scheme?

Our summer vacation schemes are aimed at candidates who are looking to gain a training contract in two years time. That means that you’ll need to apply in your penultimate year, even if you’re abroad on a placement year, so that we can see you at the right time for your intake.

Do you have any internships (or vacation schemes) available at your international offices?

We do have a limited number of internships available at some of our international offices. Details of opportunities can be found on the country specific pages here. Please click on the relevant office to find out how to apply.

Events and open days

I am interested in attending an event to find out more about Simmons & Simmons. Where can I find one?

All our upcoming university events and open days can be found here. For our open days, we’ll ask you to apply online, and you can do that here.

Applying for a training contract

How do I apply for a training contract?

We recruit our trainees two years in advance and through the vacation schemes. If you are interested in our training contract, you can join our vacation schemes.

What do you look for in an application?

A law degree is required and we’re looking for outstanding academic performance as a baseline. You’ll be on course for (or already have) at least a 2:1. Aside from that, there are certain other traits we look for, and you can find out about them here.

What is your application deadline?

Our application deadline for summer vacation scheme is 31 January 2018. However, as we fill our roles on a first come first served basis, we strongly recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Do Simmons & Simmons wait until receiving all applications before reviewing them?

No. We recruit for our vacation schemes and training contracts on a rolling basis and therefore strongly recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note, that if you apply close to the deadline, it will take us slightly longer to respond to your application and there is a chance we will have filled all of our roles.

Your application

Do you accept mitigating circumstances for academic results?

Yes, we do consider mitigating circumstances. If you have mitigating circumstances you should outline these in the education section of your application form under ‘Further Information’.

What academic results do Simmons & Simmons ask for?

We do not screen out applications based purely on academics, however, and we do take all aspects of an application into consideration. That said, the competition for training contracts and vacation placements at the firm is intense and we only have a limited number of places available.

Am I at a disadvantage if I do not have any legal work experience?

No, we recognise that not everyone will have had the opportunity to obtain legal work experience and therefore we don’t request this. Any work experience can be helpful, as it gives you the ability to demonstrate some of our desired competencies and transferable skills. Whether you’ve completed legal work experience or not, we still want you to show us why you are interested in a career in law.

Do you give feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at application stage for vacation schemes or training contracts. We do, however, provide verbal feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at an assessment day, if requested.

Diversity and inclusion

I have a disability. Is it possible to have the application form in a different format?

We are more than happy to provide the application form in an alternative format. Please e-mail graduate.recruitmentasia@simmons-simmons.com or call at +852 2868 1131 and let us know what format you require.

I have a disability or a health condition which means I require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process. Will Simmons & Simmons be able to provide these?

If you need any reasonable adjustments to be made at any stage of our process for open days, vacation schemes or training contracts, please get in touch to let us know. We’ll gladly do all we can to help you perform to the best of your ability. Please contact a member of the graduate recruitment team by e-mail Please e-mail graduate.recruitmentasia@simmons-simmons.com or call at +852 2868 1131. If you are not sure what adjustments you may require for the recruitment process, we can establish this together.

I have a disability but am concerned about disclosing this to Simmons & Simmons. What should I do?

Please don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’re committed to diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. If you require adjustments during the recruitment process, we would encourage you to disclose this information to us as soon as you can so that we can make the adjustments required.

Your training contract

How many trainees do you take on each year?

We recruit 5-6 trainees per year in Hong Kong.

Is it possible to go on client or international secondments?

Yes, we are able to offer client or international secondments to most trainees at some point during their training contract. Trainees undertake secondments in their second, third or fourth seats. You can find out about that here.

How many seats do I have to do during my training contract

The training contract is made up of four seats, each lasting six months. You can find out about that here.

Are there any seats that are compulsory?

We require all trainee solicitors to undertake a contentious seat. You can find out about that here.

How do I select which seats I would like to undertake?

Trainees are asked to rank their preferences for their next seat approximately two months before each seat change. Seats are then allocated based on these preferences, the business requirements of the firm, and the regulations of the Law Society of Hong Kong. We try to take into consideration trainee preferences as much as possible.

How is it decided which department I might qualify into after my training contract?

Trainees who are approaching qualification are informed of the newly qualified solicitor vacancies available in the firm and asked to rank these in order of preference. This ranking is then compared to the preferences of the departments as to whom they would like to fill their vacancies.

Will I get feedback during my training contract?

Yes, trainees are given both formal and informal feedback during their training contract. All of our trainee solicitors have mid-seat reviews and end-of-seat reviews. This helps us to identify their development needs, let them know where they have excelled, and ensure that they are progressing well. You can find out more about how the training contract will progress here.

Who will I sit with during my training contract?

Each trainee solicitor shares an office with an associate or partner who will be their ‘supervisor’. This ensures that they have exposure to real legal work from day one of their training contract and are well supported in their learning. You can find out more about the people who’ll support you here.

Paralegal vacancies

Do you have any paralegal vacancies?

We do occasionally have paralegal vacancies. However, we do not accept speculative applications. When vacancies arise they will be advertised on the careers pages of our website and should be applied for online.

Contact us

Got a problem or a question we haven’t answered? Need to know more about special arrangements for your application? You can contact our team below:

T: +44 (0) 20 7628 2020
E: recruitment@simmons-simmons.com

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