Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Commercial Law Firm
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  • Contact
    • 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL

About Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin are a top 100 UK commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff and Hong Kong.

Lewis Silkin was born in 1889 into a family of Jewish Lithuanian refugees. He had a poor upbringing but was determined to win a scholarship to Oxford University.

However, his headmaster wrote in his report to the university, ‘this boy will not benefit from a university education’.

Instead, he spotted a notice in a window of a firm of solicitors seeking a 'bright lad'. He was appointed as a clerk and qualified as a solicitor in 1920. He immediately set up on his own.

The firm that bears his name now has Ian Jeffery as Chief Executive Officer and Michael Burd as Chairman. There are 340 staff, including more than 170 legal professionals.

Corporate social responsibility is an integral part of the firm’s business strategy, and activities include charitable work, environmental responsibility, community involvement and pro-bono legal work.

What is it like to work for Lewis Silkin LLP

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
In 2016, the firm launched the Epic University of WoW, a comprehensive development programme equipping lawyers with the technical knowledge and business skills they need to perform at the highest level and provide excellent client service.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
The company minimises its environmental impact by continually reviewing and improving energy efficiency, recycling and waste management. The firm has bees on the roof and teaches disadvantaged young people about enterprise and beekeeping.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Lewis Silkin rewards employees with an annual performance-based bonus as well as a Christmas bonus. The company also has recognition schemes such as the Celebrate Collaborate Award, which recognises those team members who are role models for collaboration and teamwork.

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  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Holidays

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  • Gym

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Company Statistics

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  • Staff:


  • Male : Female:

    38% / 62%

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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