Routes to the training contract

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students.


All future trainees must study the Accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School in Holborn, London. Together with four other City law firms and BPP, we have designed a specific course to give our students a thorough training in the law relevant to the commercial transactions on which we advise.

The course is run over 7½ months (as opposed to the traditional 10 months) and is split into two stages:

First stage:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Civil Litigation

Second stage:

  • Corporate Transactions
  • Debt Finance
  • Equity Finance

It also covers key legal skills such as drafting, writing and research.

The LPC is the start of a trainee’s career with the firm. The course gives you the key skills you need to develop into a thoroughly rounded trainee and, ultimately, an excellent lawyer. There are two LPC intakes each year in February and August. We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant.


Those who have not studied law at undergraduate level will also be required to study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPP. We have a strong preference for this to be studied at the Waterloo branch of BPP in London. The GDL covers the core components of a law degree:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • Land Law
  • EU Law
  • the English Legal System

We also ask all of our future trainees to attend the GDL Extra Programme and the optional skills training run as part of the GDL. We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant.

If you would like to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, but have not completed your undergraduate law degree here, you will also need to study some or all modules of the GDL before commencing the LPC. You are advised to contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority before submitting an application to find out which GDL modules you need to undertake.