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What degree do I need? addremove
We accept all degree disciplines for our Middle East Opportunities.
We do not hire from a certain list or type of university, and encourage applications no matter where you are studying.
Do you require minimum A Level Grades? addremove
We generally look for a strong performance at A-Level or equivalent, but consider every application we receive in context and holistically. If you feel you can submit a strong application even if you do not meet these grades we encourage you to apply.
We also encourage you to include mitigating circumstances if relevant.
Do you look at applications on a rolling basis? addremove
Yes, we do, and we would recommend and encourage you to apply as soon as you feel ready. However, we do review every application we receive up to the deadline.
Do you ask trainees to complete the SQE or LPC? addremove
For our 2026 cohort onwards all our trainees will be completing the SQE rather than the LPC.
You can read more on our SQE policy here.
Where should I study for the SQE? addremove
We ask our future trainees to attend BPP for the PGDL and SQE. BPP has a wide choice of geographical locations and you are free to apply to any of these centres.
If you complete the PGDL or SQE before receiving an offer from us, this can be completed with any legal training provider.
Do you pay fees and grants for the SQE? addremove
If you accept our offer of a training contract prior to starting your SQE we will pay the full fees for your future studies. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse fees for those who have already completed the PGDL, LPC or SQE.
For those who have accepted our offer of a training contract, we also offer a maintenance grant:
- PGDL: £10,000
- SQE: £15,000
Which departments will I sit in during my training contract? addremove
We try to work with our trainees to get an understanding of their legal and departmental preferences and place them in seats that meet their individual career aims.
What training will I receive? addremove
Most of your training will be on the job with your supervisor and other members of the department. However, more structured training will include a comprehensive induction programme when you arrive and departmental training each time you change seats and departments. Legal training and personal development sessions run throughout the year and you are encouraged to attend those relevant to you and your career development.
What process is there for applying for a job at the end of my training contract? addremove
After your Training Contact, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a position in one of our Middle East offices, and join one of the largest firms in the region. We advertise the positions available and trainees are invited to apply for up to two positions. All trainees are interviewed against a competency framework.
Are there opportunities to do a seat in your global offices or with a client? addremove
As a Middle East Trainee, you will spend your Training Contract between our Middle East offices. There may be an opportunity for a client or international secondment.
How many trainees do you take on? addremove
Typically we take on up to four Middle East Trainees each year. We are keen to hear from nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council countries interested in training to become England and Wales qualified.
Do you accept applications from candidates who require sponsorship? addremove
Yes, we will accept applications from candidates requiring a work permit.