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UK firms' websites

A full list of law firms globally, by practice area, can be found on Chambers Guide


The “Magic Circle” – the top 5 UK firms, all with clients and offices worldwide

The “Silver Circle” – firms ranking just below the Magic Circle but with a similar scope and range of work

American firms in London

List of Law firms in UK




Sites with general information for barristers

The Inns of Court

The four Inns of Court provide support for barristers and students through a range of educational activities, lunching and dining facilities, access to common rooms and gardens and the provision of various grants and scholarships. 
Anyone wishing to join the Bar must join one of the Inns, which are responsible for "Calling" barristers to the Bar. You can join as a student member while you are still at University.

Other professional bodies

Public and voluntary bodies

Paralegal work


Other useful sites

Court reporting

Recruitment agencies and jobs boards

Below, we list some agencies and job sites which specialise in law-related posts, but their inclusion here should not be taken to imply any recommendation. Few, if any, will recruit for training contracts - paralegal work is more likely and, even here, experience and a further qualification is normally required.

Jurisdictions outside England & Wales




The above organisations offer 5-month stages (traineeships) to law graduates

  • The College of Europe offers Masters degrees in European Studies (with law as one of the options available) taught through English and French at campuses in Bruges and Warsaw
  • The European University Institute, Florence structured doctoral programmes in law from a European perspective
  • European Master in Law & Economics study for an LLM in two or three European universities. Scholarships are available
  • Portal to Europe-wide resources, from Delia Venables
  • Law firms and lawyers in Europe listed by country



Australia and New Zealand




  • The International Centre for Commercial Law A guide to the legal market in over 70 countries with in-depth independent editorial and law firm directories
  • Career Opportunities in the International Legal Field: outlines the different options in public and private international law and provides links to employers and information resources. The PDF can be found here
  • List of Bar associations by region from Hieros Gamos legal research centre
  • IFLR1000  guide to the world's leading financial law firms, covering over 1000 firms in 100 jurisdictions




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Last Updated: 08/07/2022