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Job Title Business & Legal Operations Graduate Scheme
Work Type Full Time - Fixed Term
Job Location London
Practice Group/Department N/A
Role Trainee

The Role

The delivery of legal services is changing. This doesn’t just involve the emergence of new technology, it involves the increasingly crucial role played by other technical disciplines in providing more complex and sophisticated client solutions, and optimising our performance as a business.

Our Business and Legal Operations Graduate Scheme is a two year programme encompassing every aspect of the rapid changes currently underway in the delivery of high end legal services. This doesn’t just involve the emergence of new technology. It involves the increasingly crucial role played by other technical disciplines in providing more complex and sophisticated client solutions, and optimising our performance as a business.

This two year programme will mirror our traditional training contract for new lawyers, but with a focus on different disciplines. Those who progress to full time roles are expected to drive our business strategy in the years to come.

The Team

The scheme sits within Norton Rose Fulbright Transform, our global change and innovation program.

The scheme is built around four six-month rotations through the following teams:

  • Business Solutions - the team building complex solutions to bespoke client or industry legal needs
  • Commercial Management - the team assessing commercial opportunities in a changing market, and selling our new offerings
  • Innovation - The team reviewing new tools and ideas for the delivery of legal work
  • Legal Operations Consulting - The team selling advice to clients on legal operations
  • Legal Product Design - The team reviewing new tools and ideas for the delivery of legal work
  • Legal Project Management - The team managing our efficient and effective delivery of matters and projects
  • Pricing - The team designing pricing solutions for our clients
  • Resource Management - The team optimising skills deployment across the firm

While Business & Legal Operations Trainees will always be within one of these teams, they will be assigned work flexibly and work in multi-disciplinary groups across all teams.

All rotations will be based in our London office, except for rotations through the Innovation Team, which is based in our Newcastle Hub. Innovation is at the heart of our Newcastle Hub, which was set up to give the firm space to trial new technology and ways of working. The role may also involve shorter placements in one of our 50+ other offices, globally. Accommodation costs will be met for placements outside of London during the scheme.

Additional Information

Those gaining places on the scheme will be given extensive support and expected to perform at a high level. Graduates successfully completing the two year scheme will be offered permanent roles. The scheme does not lead to a legal qualification.

  • Starting salary: £38,000
  • Application deadline: 31st January 2021
  • Applicants should be available to attend an assessment day the week commencing 8th March 2021

Skills and Experience Required

An impeccable academic record and intellectual rigour are prerequisites. We expect successful candidates to have at least AAB at A level (or equivalent) and be on track for a 2.1 (or equivalent). Any academic degree is acceptable.

You’ll have an enquiring mind, strong interpersonal skills, and the motivation to make constant progress.

You’ll never stop pushing yourself forward, grasping every opportunity – both at home and abroad – that our firm has to offer. You’ll be interested in business too, and keen to build relationships within a firm that’ll help you make progress with purpose.

At Norton Rose Fulbright we welcome receiving direct candidate applications via our careers page.

If you would like to ask any specific questions beforehand, please contact Philippa Wilson at (enquiries only - we do not accept applications by email)


Diversity and Inclusion

At Norton Rose Fulbright we value difference and promote a culture of respect for each individual. We encourage workforce diversity in all aspects and at all levels and in doing so create an environment where everyone can realise their full potential and career ambitions on the basis of merit and skill.

If you are unable to apply for a position online or require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact our Recruitment team on

The Norton Rose Fulbright office in London has been awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Jobcentre Plus. The symbol identifies those employers who have agreed to meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people.

We want to support your application as best we can. For that reason, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). This means that applicants with a disability need only meet the minimum qualifying criteria for a role to qualify for an interview under the scheme.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright please click on the following link

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

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