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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

125 Wood Street,

  • Partners 141*
  • Associates 318*
  • Totaltrainees  32*
  • * denotes worldwide figures
  • UK offices Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, London, Oxford, Reading
  • Overseas officesMadrid, Paris, Pireaus, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore
  • Contact 
  • Graduate recruiter: Helen Lewis, 020 7457 3000
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: c.16
  • Applications pa: 800
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: AAB
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 50
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 30th September 2019
  • Training contract deadlines, 2022 start: 31st July 2020
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 30th September 2019
  • Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: 31 January 2020
  • [NOTE - 2020 spring vacation scheme postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak]
  • Open day deadline: 31 January 2020
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £38,000
  • Second-year salary: £40,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £62,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 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, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.

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 opportunites

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 30th September 2019 – 31st January 2020.

Other benefits

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

Open days and first-year opportunities

We offer information days during the Easter holidays in our London office. They are aimed at first year university law students and penultimate year non-law students wanting to find out more about a career in law. Applications are accepted from 30th September 2019 – 31st January 2020.

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2019

Ranked Departments

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