London Training Contract

We have a wide variety of practice groups providing a full service to clients, and do not align our trainees to strict departmental seats, which ensures you get as broad an experience as possible. We recruit up to three trainees each year; having a small intake means that trainees are given responsibility early and are able to build internal networks quickly. As a trainee at Katten, you are just as important as our other fee-earners, and as such are as key to our client service and office development as our partners, associates and staff. Our training contract is flexible, designed with your interests in mind as well as our desire to create a rounded, commercial, qualified Katten lawyer with strong legal knowledge.

Applications for 2022 and 2023 training contracts are open to all graduates, penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students from 07 December 2020 to 15 January 2021. In order to be considered for a training contract, students are expected to first take part in our Summer Vacation Scheme. 

London Summer Vacation Scheme

We offer up to 12 places on two one-week vacation schemes, with the next programme taking place on 21 and 28 June 2021. The programme provides practical experience, with participants undertaking a variety of work from different practice areas and benefiting from the opportunity to see first-hand how our trainees, associates and partners work. We are hopeful that our 2021 weeks will run in-person. If that is not possible owing to the continued challenges posed by COVID-19, they will be modified and hosted virtually. At the end of the scheme, the strongest performers will be invited to interview for a training contract. 

Applications for our Summer Vacation Scheme 2021 are open from 07 December 2020 to 15 January 2021. After the closing date, applications will be assessed and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed in March/April 2021.

To apply, please send your CV, covering letter and academic transcripts stating which date you are interested in to Laura Simpson, Recruitment and L&D Manager, at Please note that we welcome applications from all degree disciplines, and although we look for strong academic performance at undergraduate level, mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration.

London Work Experience Placements

We recognise how invaluable work experience is for those at the very beginning of their career journey, and never more so than during these uncertain times. We offer up to 12 places on two one-week placements for school-leavers and first-year university students looking to gain insight into the workings of a law firm. Our 2021 dates are 26 July and 16 August. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter stating which date you are interested in to Laura Simpson, Recruitment and L&D Manager, at between 15 March and 16 April 2021 only. Please note that unlike our Summer Vacation Scheme, our Work Experience Programme does not lead to training contract considerations.