We are very fortunate to have some of the world's leading global firms as our sponsors. Without them, the work that we do would be impossible.


Allen & Overy

Allen and Overy are a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over thirty countries around the world.

They are the only firm to have featured in the top five of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm Awards every year since its creation, and the only firm to have won it four times. Last year they worked for 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies and promoted 20 new partners around the globe. This phenomenal success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. A&O are ambitious and forward-thinking, committed to growing their business and meeting the future head-on. They’re not afraid of change, and believe in challenging the status quo.

Their track record of innovation is second to none. From their expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working for partners, Fuse and alternative resourcing options such as, Peerpoint and aosphere, A&O set the standard for what a global law firm should look like. They’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way. They’re proud to have the resources, the passion and the mind-set to build solutions for the future, whatever it may hold.

Application Window

Winter Vacation Scheme: 1 October – 31 October 2018

Summer Vacation Scheme/Training Contract: 1 October – 31 December 2018

A&O First/Open Day: 14 January – 14 February 2019




Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years. In this time, they have won over 165 awards thanks to their in-depth understanding of their clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service. They have become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law.

They have 25 offices in 15 countries ranging from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. They provide the reach and insight of a global network combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets.


Baker McKenzie


Named International Firm of the year at the African Legal Awards, Baker McKenzie has consistently been selected by clients as the leading international legal brand. They remain the leading cross-border law firm for complex transactional and contentious work involving multiple jurisdictions. That's why they are top of mind across so many countries and areas of law.

They take pride in their futuristic vision: “The New Lawyer for the New World”. Their lawyers are able to help clients navigate a constantly changing and challenging market by acquiring a new type of thinking and a different mind-set. This is a firm that embraces new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in these uncertain times.

Through their pro-bono work, they contribute to peaceful negotiations, protect the persecuted, advise on environmental projects and guide government policy.




Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS operates in 34 countries and from 60 offices worldwide. 3,200 CMS lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to client need, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

‘Your World First’ is their motto. They are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven. 

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Davis Polk


With 10 offices located in key business centers and political capitals around the globe, this firm has been ranked among the premier law firms globally for more than 165 years. Leading companies and financial institutions around the world turn to them for counsel on their most important business and legal matters.

Their lawyers provide an exceptional service with sophisticated advice and creative/practical solutions reflecting the deep understanding that they have of the legal landscape, market practices and their client’s business objectives.

Extensive cross border experience and the diversity of their professionals have allowed the firm to link business, cultural, language, legal and regulatory differences across jurisdictions.


DLA Piper


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning used to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Their clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies in developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. They also advise governments and public sector bodies.

In 2005 DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world through a merger of unprecedented scope. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of handling the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Voted UK law firm of the year in 2016 by Chambers and Partners, Freshfields is a commercially savvy, innovative firm that helps clients navigate their most complex issues, wherever they want to do business. They are a people business. They see diversity as a strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds.

With a one-firm mindset, they work as one partnership across the world. “Our clients’ challenges are our challenges” - they are passionate about accompanying their clients to achieve their goals, no matter how ambitious or how many obstacles they may face. They do as such by using innovative solutions to provide an ever more efficient and effective service.

Through their pro bono work, volunteering and ethical and responsible business practices, it can be said that this firm aims to make a positive difference to the world around us.


Hogan Lovells


A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with prestigious clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. This is the dynamic that sets Hogan Lovells apart as a firm.

This firm has offices in over 52 cities worldwide in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin American, Middle East and North America.

They base their work on 5 embedded values which are that “the clients come first”, “excellence in all we do”, “one team worldwide”, “commitment to our firm’s success” and “good citizenship”.


Latham and Watkins


Described as a ‘Game Changer’ by the Financial Times’ 2015 report, Latham & Watkins is recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions and disputes. They have offices in 31 cities worldwide in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America. These strategically pair local market knowledge with the firm’s global resources.

Clients describe the firm’s lawyers as smart, commercial and pragmatic. Latham & Watkins’s teams use their considerable experience, creativity and drive to get deals across the line and find resolutions to clients' most complex legal issues.

The firm has been named among “Best Law Firms for Women” for the 10th consecutive year in 2017 as it has provided “workplace policies and programs that support and advance . . . female attorneys."




A committed firm of globally minded lawyers. A strong culture and strong leadership means that Linklaters stays entirely focused on their clients and their businesses. The strength and depth of their practices, client relationships, sector approach, the quality of their people and global platform give them significant competitive advantage.

Their corporate division is recognised as a world leader in mergers, acquisitions, flotations, joint ventures and private equity. It advises on what are often pioneering deals.

With offices in over 35 countries worldwide and with over 5,225 workers, they undertake assignments for world leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them solve the most complex and important legal issues.




"Law Firm of the Year" at the British Legal Awards 2014, MacFarlanes are a distinctive law firm with a straightforward, independently-minded approach.

Their approach can be resumed into 3 values; “our partners focus on clients”, “our size works” (this firm is deliberately smaller than most in order to provide a collective experience as their lawyers talk to one another) and finally “our clients are individuals” (issues and needs of each clients are different).

Their clients include some of the world's most successful and ambitious businesses and business leaders, from multinational companies to high-net-worth individuals.


Norton Rose Fulbright


This is a global law firm with more than 4,000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities worldwide in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

They are strongly recognised as being experts for the industry sector in domains such as financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining, transport, technology, innovation, life science and health care. They leverage their industry experience with their knowledge of legal, regulatory and governance issues in order to provide their clients with the risks that their business may face.

They base their work on the global business principles of quality, unity and integrity in order to provide a constantly high standard of legal service.


Sidley Austin


This law firm has offices in the world’s vital commercial and financial markets such as Europe, America and Asia Pacific. It is comprised of a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Their lawyers’ aim is to provide seamless legal advice no matter where your business takes you.

They believe in creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds by retaining and promoting outstanding lawyers reflecting global marketplace and communities that we serve. Their staff devote more than 100,000 hours annually to pro bono work as they believe in making an impact by making positive changes wherever they can. As part of their corporate responsibility program, they are also in partnership with charitable organisations enabling their lawyers to contribute their talents to a variety of volunteering projects that benefit communities in need.


Simmons & Simmons


Named “Legal Innovator of the Year” by the Financial Times Innovative Awards in 2016, this law firm is of world class standard in tune with the business world. They have offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Their turnover for 2015/2016 was £294.3m.

They focus their work on each client’s distinct demands by learning about the sectors in which they operate in order to understand what each client will find valuable. They provide an innovative service which is consistently excellent to suit each individual relationship.

Their corporate responsibility strategy is based on the theme of “access” in order to make the legal profession more accessible to people from lower income backgrounds and to make legal services and funding more accessible to those who cannot afford it.

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Slaughter and May


Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. Their partners are among the brightest legal minds and many are leaders in their fields. They advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. They have varied client list, ranging from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs.

Their international approach is such that they “team up” with market leading firms around the world sharing their culture of excellence in order to provide the highest quality of advice.


Weil Gotshal & Manges


This firm has been a prominent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Cultural diversity is their strength with offices in 3 continents and 8 countries around the world. Their lawyers speak a total of 49 languages between them.

Their lawyers are recognised by clients, media and professional commentators as being clear, timeless and effective in their counsel and as a result of this they have become the call of first resort when clients face their toughest legal challenges.

They focus their work upon a few core values. Lawyers must have a full understanding of their clients’ business and culture and thoroughly focus on their clients’ objectives in the short term as well as in the long term. This problem solving must be done in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

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White & Case


White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers across America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. They are proud to represent some of the world's longest established and most respected names alongside many start-up visionaries.

They conduct their work such that it strikes the balance between understanding and respecting the many cultures whilst developing a single, strong core value system throughout the firm.