Stevens & Bolton LLP - True Picture

Stevens & Bolton did not allow us to interview its trainees in 2018, so we can't provide a True Picture review. Click the 'Firm Profile' tab above to find out more about the firm.

How to get a Stevens & Bolton training contract


Vacation scheme deadline (2019): 31 January 2019 (opens 1 December 2018)

Training contract deadline (2021): 1 June 2019 (opens 1 December 2018)

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Wey House,
Farnham Road,

  • Partners 43
  • Associates 227
  • Total trainees 10
  • UK offices Guildford
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: [email protected], 01483 734225
  • Training partner: Gabrielle Holgate
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 5
  • Applications pa: 500
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: 340
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 10
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 1 December 2018
  • Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 1 June 2019
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 December 2018
  • Vacation scheme 2019 deadline: 31 January 2019
  • Salary and benefits  
  • First-year salary: £34,000
  • Second-year salary: £35,000
  • Post-qualification salary: c. £49,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: Yes

Firm profile

Stevens & Bolton LLP is recognised as a leading national law firm, offering a full range of commercial legal services. We are recommended in 24 specialist practice areas by leading legal directories and have received widespread awards recognition. Based in Guildford, our single office approach ensures excellent communication and efficient co-ordination of our resources. We provide legal services both nationally and internationally, with unswerving focus on quality. We advise a number of the top 100 and other UK FTSE companies, as well as many other substantial international groups, owner managed businesses and SMEs. As such, the work we carry out is both interesting and challenging. We participate in a wide range of charity and community initiatives, and have full regard to the importance of minimising our impact on the environment. We also organise social events over the year and there are a number of sports teams, including netball and football as well as a firm choir. 

Main areas of work

Our main areas of work are corporate and commercial; finance; real estate; dispute resolution; IP; employment, pensions and immigration; tax, trusts and charities; and family.

Training opportunites

We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background, with at least 340 UCAS points and at least one A at A level, who have achieved (or expect to achieve) a 2.1 degree or higher (unless there are exceptional circumstances). Essential qualities include: very good communication skills, being a team player, adaptability, being able to manage competing deadlines and projects, drive and ambition, intelligence, attention to detail, business interest and enthusiasm to be a lawyer and to work for Stevens & Bolton.

Our trainees have genuine responsibility and experience of dealing with clients — and are made to feel part of the team from day one. Trainee seats will be available in most of the key business areas we specialise in, namely M&A and other corporate work, insolvency and banking/finance, commercial, personal wealth and families, real estate, IP, dispute resolution and employment, pensions and immigration. We do our best to maximise your ability to experience as many of those areas as possible and currently operate a four, six-month seat rotation. There may also be an opportunity for trainees to undertake a client secondment. We are dedicated to encouraging continuous professional development, delivered in a variety of ways to give our trainees the best chance to become rounded, assured and respected professionals. Training in technical and business skills and early exposure to stimulating work with a variety of clients is instrumental in providing a solid foundation. Our unique combination of factors — supervision when you need it, support from colleagues and the opportunity to embrace early responsibility as soon as you are ready — creates a compelling proposition at the outset of your career.

Vacation scheme

We run two programmes each year in the summer of one week in duration. Applications are accepted between 1 December 2018 and 31 January 2019.

Other benefits

25 days holiday, pension, private healthcare, life assurance and an interest free loan for rail travel or car parking.


We pay the fees for the CPE/GDL and LPC and maintenance grant for each course of study. Any future trainees who are yet to take their LPC or the GDL are usually required to attend the University of Law Guildford.

University law careers fairs in 2018

For a full list of law fairs we will be attending, please see our website..

Social media

Twitter @sb_trainees

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2018

Ranked Departments

    • Family/Matrimonial (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
    • Immigration (Band 2)
    • Banking & Finance (Band 1)
    • Employment (Band 1)
    • Environment (Band 1)
    • Information Technology (Band 1)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 1)
    • Litigation (Band 1)
    • Real Estate (Band 3)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 3)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
    • Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market and Private Equity (Band 1)
    • Commercial Contracts (Band 4)
    • Data Protection & Information Law Recognised Practitioner
    • Franchising (Band 2)