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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

125 Wood Street,

  • Partners 141*
  • Associates: 318*
  • Total trainees: 24*
  • * denotes worldwide figures 
  • UK offices: Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, London, Oxford, Reading
  • Overseas offices: Madrid, Paris, Pireaus, Singapore
  • Contacts  
  • Graduate recruiter: Helen Lewis, 020 7457 3000
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: circa 16
  • Applications pa: 800
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: AAB
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 40
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 1st October 2020
  • Training contract deadlines, 2023 start: 31st July 2021
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1st October 2020
  • Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: 31st January 2021
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £38,000
  • Second-year salary: £40,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £62,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 24 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: No
  • Maintenance grants pa: Yes
  • International and regional 
  • Offices with training contracts: Basingstoke, Cambridge, London, Guildford, Oxford, Reading
  • Client secondments: Ad hoc

Firm profile
Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid and Sao Paulo.

Main areas of work
Our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family. We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player. Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

Training opportunities
Penningtons Manches Cooper seeks high calibre candidates with enthusiasm, drive and resilience, good communication skills and commercial awareness. Strong academics are expected: three or more good A level passes and preferably a 2:1 or better at degree level. The firm has UK offices, giving you the opportunity to work in or outside London. The ability to work outside London, while at the same time being part of a firm with a City presence, appeals to many of the trainees that we recruit. Whichever office you are based in, you will be given a thorough grounding in the law, with four six-month seats across the firm’s divisions. Trainees get immersed in the work and culture of their own office, but come together with all the trainees on a regular basis and with the whole firm at sports and social events. The firm is dedicated to delivering a varied training programme, avoiding too specialised an approach before qualification. Penningtons Manches Cooper knows its trainees are happiest and most successful when busy with good quality and challenging work. The value of giving its trainees responsibility and allowing direct contact with clients is recognised, with the knowledge that experienced solicitors are always ready to give support when needed.

Vacation scheme
The firm offers vacation scheme placements and applications are accepted from 1st October 2020 – 31st January 2021.

Other benefits
Life assurance, critical illness cover, pension, private medical insurance, minimum 24 days holiday, interest free season ticket loan, sports and social events.

University law careers fairs 2020
We are attending virtual law fairs this year and will be at All About Laws Virtual Law fair Series from 26th October, Legal Cheeks Virtual Law fair on 10th November and BPP’s National and Regional Virtual Law Fairs throughout autumn. For more information please visit our website.

Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing:
Our programme to promote inclusion is known as Pennclusion. It comprises a steering committee of key internal stakeholders (with representation from the Management Board, HR, Communications and the Chairs of our six subgroups. Those subgroups are:
• Age
• Disability & Mental Health
• Gender
• Race & Faith
• Social Mobility

Each subgroup is tasked with delivering high-impact initiatives to drive inclusion through the business. Some examples of these initiatives in the last couple of years include:
• The launch of a parents and carers employee network. This will provide a support framework across the firm for parents and those colleagues with caring responsibilities. This group meets (via Zoom) on a bi-monthly basis
• Signing the Time to Change pledge to end the culture of silence around mental health at work. The pledge was a high point in an ongoing effort involving colleagues at every level of the firm to build a comprehensive, data-led programme to address the issues connected with poor mental health at work. This programme covers every aspect of life at the firm, and has the backing of the Management Board
• Recruitment and training of our first cohort of MHFA Mental Health Champions from among colleagues across our UK offices
• The launch of our monthly Coffee Randomiser networking initiative, in which colleagues are randomly matched to meet (or connect via Zoom) for a 30 minute catch up to get to know each other better. The intent of this is to break down silos between teams across the firm to promote collaboration and to foster a sense of community
• Attendance at Pride festivals local to our UK offices with the aim to demonstrate our support for our LGBTQ+ colleagues and to promote inclusion within our communities
• The launch of our social mobility work experience programme for students aged 15-18 from low income backgrounds

In addition we work closely with a number of partner organisations to support the work of our subgroups, including:
• Stonewall; we are a Diversity Champion member
• Aspiring Solicitors
• The PRIME Commitment
• Rare Recruitment
• Time to Change
• The City Mental Health Alliance

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2020

Ranked Departments

    • Commodities: Physicals (Band 4)
    • Shipping (Band 4)

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