Reed Smith


The Lawyer UK 200

  • UK 200 Position: 24
  • UK/globa…


  • UK 200 Position: 24
  • UK/global turnover: £24.9m/£349.8m
  • Global PEP: £512,000
  • UK/global RPL: £315,000/£377,000
Reed Smith’s big project last year was its merger with Richards Butler. The firm’s UK turnover will be boosted next year by around £50m-£60m from Richards Butler, instantly making it one of the largest US firms in London.

The Lawyer revealed Reed Smith’s merger with the UK firm in April 2006, after which the two firms went full steam ahead to finalise the link-up on 1 January 2007.

The deal will particularly boost Reed Smith’s litigation team, which currently accounts for around a third of UK turnover; corporate accounts for 36.4 per cent of UK turnover.

The firm’s corporate successes have mainly been focused on AIM, with a strong niche in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

  • Web: www.reedsmith.com
  • Telephone: 020 7772 6555
  • Fax: 020 7772 5091
  • No. of Trainees: 60
  • No. of Trainee Vacancies: 30
  • Training contract application deadline: 31-Jul-09
  • Selection
    • Individual interview: No
    • Panel interview: Yes
    • Assessment day: No
    • Psychometric test: Yes
    • Written exercise: Yes
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Opportunities Abroad: Yes
  • Vacation Schemes
    • No. placements: 40
    • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31-Jan-09
  • GDL/CPE Intake: 40%
  • GDL/CPE funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £6,000
  • LPC funding
    • Fees: Yes
    • Maintenance: £7,000
  • Salary/benefits
    • Start: £37,000
    • Qualification: £64,000
    • Season ticket loan: Yes
    • Healthcare: Yes
    • Pension scheme: Yes
    • Life assurance: Yes
    • Bonus scheme: Yes
    • Gym membership: Yes
    • Subsidised lunch: Yes