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Our multi-specialist approach

A different way of working

At Slaughter and May we don't

pigeonhole our lawyers; all are trained

to be multi-specialists across a broad

range of legal matters. This is in sharp

contrast to the experience that you

might have at other firms where,

as a trainee in, say, a finance group,

you may well work in a very narrow

area, repeating the same type of

transaction many times over.

As a trainee in one of our groups,

you will work on the full range of

matters on which the group advises.

In Corporate, for example, one month

that could mean the defence of a

hostile takeover, and the next an

equity issue. In Dispute Resolution,

you could attend a hearing on a civil

litigation matter in the morning,

then meet a client to prepare for a

mediation that afternoon. You will

also get the opportunity to advise

charities in a pro bono capacity on a

range of issues.

In the short term, this will enable you

to make a more informed decision

about which practice group you

should join on qualification.

Many people believe that, at the highest end of law, you can only be an expert in one

very specific area. We disagree. There are many benefits to keeping your horizons broad.

In the long term,

it makes for

a far more

fulfilling career.

In the long term, it makes for a far

more fulfilling career. It provides

challenge and interest, exactly what

great minds need. It also allows you

to develop deeper relationships with

clients, because you get to know their

businesses better. This level of insight

can make an enormous difference for

both parties and will help you play a

guiding role in changing commercial

and legal times.

That said, it is hard work. You have

to cover more ground. But with our

collegiate approach, the support is

always there to make it possible.

The freedom to choose your own

direction and the autonomy this

flexibility brings more than make

up for it.



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