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Vacation placements - Hong Kong

Applications for the Winter Placement 2022/23 are now open with a deadline of 10 October 2022 at 11:59pm.


An exciting opportunity to find out more about life at Pinsent Masons

We design, structure and develop the placement programme to give you an experience which is practical and authentically reflects the Trainee Solicitor experience.


We make business work better for people


We have over 25 offices across 4 continents

Comprehensive Training

We deliver core and complementary training

Our vacation placement


Our winter placement operates from January to March and the summer placement operates from May to August. You will need to be available for a full two-week period during this time if you wish to be participate in the placement.

Working alongside Trainees and qualified Solicitors on real client projects, you’ll enjoy work-based learning, skills training and presentations.

The value of a placement


For many people, a Vacation Placement presents the first opportunity to work in a professional organisation and environment. We make sure that first step is an easy one with a day one induction and our buddy system. You’ll be welcomed to the Firm and encouraged to make the most of every opportunity.

You’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of a team and get the chance to make a great first impression. You’ll also get the opportunity to develop transferable professional skills, building your confidence along the way. It’s also a great opportunity to get a feel for the social scene, make friends and start building a useful network of contacts for the rest of your career.


Structure and dates


You’ll gain full exposure to a few practice areas, allowing you to form strong team relationships getting really involved with their work and gaining relevant experience while enjoying an unexpected level of responsibility. You’ll also have the chance to complete assessments for a Training Contract, attend onsite training and events and get involved in social activities.


Winter: January to March

Summer: May to August

Why not come and meet us at one of our events? You’ll find dates and details in our events calendar to please email us at

[email protected].




We believe placements should be paid as, while you are with us, you will be making a valuable contribution to our business. We also recognise that undertaking placements can mean incurring costs for travel and accommodation, and you will be required to organise that yourself. That is why we pay our Vacation Placement students a competitive rate of pay while at the firm.

Vacation Placement students were paid HKD 2,500 per week last year. Salaries are reviewed annually.


How to apply


Please submit the following documents via applying online before 11:59pm on 10 October 2022:

1. Cover letter indicating your preferred area of practice, interested year of Training Contract & your availability for the Vacation Placement
2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
3. Current degree transcripts
4. Academic transcripts at HKDSE / HKCEE (or equivalent)
5. Any other supporting documentation you consider relevant


All applications are screened to a pre-defined framework and shortlisted candidates who best demonstrate that they meet our criteria will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.


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If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.


Vacation placement to training contract


We hope your Vacation Placement experience will fuel your interest in joining the firm as a Trainee Solicitor. So, during your placement we’ll ask you to take a final assessment for a Training Contract. This will involve preparing and presenting a SWOT analysis, followed by an interview regarding your presentation and your placement experience. We’ll also get feedback from your practice group and, if you meet our core capabilities and perform well throughout both the assessments and the placement, we’ll offer you a Training Contract.

If you gain a placement, it’s because we already see you as a potential Trainee. And during the time you spend with us, we’ll do our best to give you every chance to prove us right. That’s why Vacation Placement students don’t need to make a separate application for our Training Contract programme. In our eyes you’re already in the running.


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A focus on detail

With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.

An interest in business

An interest in business

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.



With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

Intellectual capability

Intellectual capability

You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.



You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

Personal drive

Personal drive

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.

Personal  responsibility

Personal responsibility

You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.



You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

Our recruitment process

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline. The below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. This may be subject to change depending on government guidelines and restrictions in relation to COVID-19. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.


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