We are delighted to offer a comprehensive business and legal operations graduate scheme. The scheme reflects the need for new team members, to meet client and internal demand following the early success of NRF Transform, our global change and innovation program. It also reflects our commitment to build the teams involved for the long term.

Our scheme will expose graduates to a cross section of disciplines that are increasingly important in how we operate as a firm, and how we are able to service clients. We hope it will give those who participate unrivalled insight into how the legal industry is changing. We also hope it will develop the professionals who will help us stay at the forefront of those changes, in years to come."

David Carter
Commercial Director


About NRF Transform

The delivery of legal services is becoming more complex and sophisticated. This is being driven by new ways of structuring teams, the use of new disciplines, and the use of new technology. Within Norton Rose Fulbright, these changes are being introduced as part of the NRF Transform program.

NRF Transform aims to change how we work internally and with our clients, driving effectiveness in our deployment of people, processes and technology and maximizing the value of the service we provide.

Historically, lawyers were expected to be experts both in their field of law, and everything necessary to enable the optimal “delivery” of legal services. This is no longer always possible, but it is becoming increasingly important. In winning work and adding value for clients, how we can deliver services is now sometimes as important as the technical content of our legal advice.

It is therefore crucial to how we remain competitive as a business.


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About Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and legal staff in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; as well as life sciences and healthcare. 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.


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This scheme

How many business trainees will you take?

Up to 4 roles are available starting in September 2020.  It is our intention that in future years we will take up to 4 business trainees, starting each September.

How many business trainees will be offered a permanent role?

When we take on a business trainee we are making an investment. We expect to retain a high proportion of business trainees, but the number we retain will be based on the number who reach an objective standard and business need, not a quota. Business trainees will be given a lot of support to reach this standard, and regularly appraised throughout the scheme, so they know how they are performing.

Where will I be based?

All rotations will be based in our London office, except for rotations through the Innovation Team, which is predominantly based in our Newcastle Hub. The role may also involve shorter placements in one of our 50+ other offices, globally. On completion of the scheme you will be located with the team you qualify into.

Will accommodation be provided on placements in Newcastle or other offices?

Accommodation will be provided on placements during the scheme and travel costs will also be met. 

Does this scheme lead to a legal qualification?

No. This scheme is designed for graduates who would like to pursue in a career in law as an industry – which is different to being a lawyer.  Both careers are challenging and rewarding, but they are very different. If you would like to apply for a Legal Training Contract please visit our UK graduate recruitment site.

Will this scheme lead to a professional qualification?

The scheme sits within NRF Transform, our global change and innovation program, which encompasses a number of related but different disciplines.  This scheme is designed to give a rounded exposure to several of those disciplines. On successful completion of the scheme, business trainees will join one of a number of teams, some of which are supported by professional qualifications.  In those circumstances, you may be eligible (and may be required) to gain the relevant professional qualification.

This is a graduate role at a law firm.  Do I need to have been to law school or hold a law degree?

No. However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in law as an industry, and have some understanding of it.

The role involves Legal Technology.  Do I need to have a background in computer science or particular technology related qualifications?

No.  However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in the application of technology to business, and have some understanding of it.


Applications and assessment

When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will receive immediate acknowledgement of receipt of your application form by email. If your circumstances change, we would be grateful if you could let us know. Please note, it is not possible for the team to update applications with academics or work experience once they are submitted.

Can I have feedback on my application?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback on application forms. If you proceed to interview, we will give feedback.

What does the assessment day include?

We hold assessment days for prospective business trainees. You can expect:

  • a welcome by the NRF Transform team
  • an interview with two senior members of the team
  • a group exercise so we can assess how you work in a team
  • lunch with our team and a guided tour of the London office.

As well as lots of enthusiasm, you will need to bring:

  • your passport and any accompanying visas
  • receipts for travel
  • original certificates to confirm your academic achievements to date (e.g. school, university, as applicable)

How do I complete the application form if I did not study in the UK?

Please input your grades into the application form as they were awarded to you at school and/or university. You do not need to convert them into the UK equivalent, but please do include as much detail as possible.

My academic performance was affected by personal circumstances. Will you take these into account?

Yes. We encourage you to include relevant details on your application form or, if you prefer, send a confidential email to graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com and include 'Business and Legal Operations Graduate Scheme' in the subject line of your email.

I need a work permit – will that be a problem?

Yes. Offers are subject to you being able to work in the UK. Please speak to us about this should you be offered a position at Norton Rose Fulbright.


Diversity & inclusion

I have a disability and require the application form in an alternative format. Can you provide this?

Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com with details of the alternative format required. Please let us know as soon as you can about the format you require.

What should I do if I require reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process because of a disability?

We will work with you to ensure any reasonable adjustment requirements are implemented correctly. Please contact us to discuss the adjustment(s) you require.

I am worried that if I disclose my disability this will be perceived negatively. I have had a bad experience in the past and feel it is ‘safer’ not to disclose my disability.

We take a positive approach to employing disabled people and are an accredited Disability Confident Employer. We also operate the Guaranteed Interview Scheme if you meet our minimum criteria. Please note that we take a range of competencies, achievements and skills into account when making decisions on candidates and do not rely solely on academic results.