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Travers Smith LLP

Work 020 7295 3000
London, Paris

The firm: Travers Smith is an international law firm which acts for publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters and transactions.

Over the years, the firm has nurtured a confident and collaborative approach to delivering excellence in an ever-changing legal landscape. As a result, it has carved out a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality.

Technical excellence underpins everything Travers Smith does and the firm strives to provide user-friendly legal advice that is relevant to clients' needs. The firm does not seek to provide clients with a master class in the finer points of law, but cuts through the legalese to deliver clear guidance. This approach has attracted a long list of loyal clients to the firm.

The firm is entrepreneurial in its approach and exceptionally efficient. The key to its reputation is a partner-led service and uncompromising focus on quality control. Clients value the fact that teams assisting them are not in a constant state of flux, reflecting the fact that Travers Smith has one of the lowest attrition rates in the City.

Types of work undertaken: Travers Smith is a full-service law firm. The firm's business comprises the following main practice areas: commercial, IP and technology, competition, corporate finance and M&A, dispute resolution, employee incentives, employment, environment and operational regulatory, finance and restructuring, financial services and markets, investment funds, pensions, private equity, real estate, regulatory investigations, US securities law and tax.

International: for its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has always favoured close relationships with other premium-quality independent law firms, deliberately avoiding formal networks and exclusive relationships. Instead, the firm has invested heavily in forming close ties with a number of carefully chosen preferred firms, ensuring that its clients have the very best experience and expertise at their disposal.

Recruiting talent: Travers Smith is always looking to recruit people from all backgrounds, with academic excellence and sound judgement who take their careers, but not themselves, seriously. The firm's training philosophy is that skill and expertise are best acquired through practical experience, complemented by carefully targeted formal instruction. Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that trainees are actively involved in a broad range of work and the firm regularly wins awards for its training programmes. More information on Travers Smith's graduate recruitment process can be found at

  • Number of partners: 74
  • Number of associate solicitors: 203
  • Number of other fee-earners: 81
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Corporate/commercial/financial services: 40
  • Finance: 15
  • Dispute resolution: 15
  • Real estate: 10
  • Employment and pensions: 10
  • Tax: 10

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