Your questions, our answers
Where is Schindhelm positioned on the market?
Schindhelm started out two decades ago with a team of four lawyers and, with more than 50 lawyers at five locations at home and abroad, is now one of the leading medium-sized corporate law firms in Germany. In 2009, we merged with the Austrian law firm SCWP Saxinger Chalupsky & Partner to form an international alliance with offices in Central/Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific. Currently, more than 230 lawyers thus advise our national and international clients at 27 economic centres in 13 countries of the world. And we are opting for further expansion.
What clients do you work for?
We advise companies of all sizes, entities and organisations in the public sector in all areas of corporate law as well as private clients.
Is there a career model?
Yes, and the requirements are clearly defined. The requirements to become a senior lawyer or partner in the different levels are based on objective factors and also very fundamentally on the lawyer’s personality.
What opportunities do I have as a woman?
For linguistic reasons, we avoid the convention of using terms with a forward slash. Female colleagues are very welcome at our company and now constitute almost half of our team.
What do I have to have to join Schindhelm?
A good degree, a doctorate, LL.M. or experience abroad are all positive factors. However, manner, social skills and primarily the ability to supply easy-to-understand work for clients are decisive. We pay particular attention to this in the probationary period and then give you a clear answer to your professional prospects. Incidentally, we have had very good experience with colleagues who have undergone commercial or technical training.
Can I also work at the foreign locations?
Yes, absolutely. Our employees are particularly characterised by flexibility and motivation as well as their interest in gaining experience abroad. For instance, we sent one of our youngest employees to Shanghai for a year and he helped to develop our office there with great success.
Do you offer other benefits in addition to the salary?
Whether cultural events or a convivial evening together, we are first of all interested in ensuring that you feel at home at our company. We also offer comprehensive personal insurance, encourage specific basic and further training measures. collaboration with auditors and tax consultants in day-to-day business. We support you in your publication and presentation activities, e.g. in the assumption of lecturer and teaching posts at universities and universities of applied sciences and in any expedient form of public relations. We ensure that you are able to expand your network in politics, associations and interest groups.
I would like to reconcile my family with my job. What are the working hours like and are there any part-time working models?
We do of course like to work and sometimes we work a lot. But we also ensure an even work-life balance. And for us that is not an empty buzzword. At Schindhelm, freedom is associated with flexibility. We therefore offer you the opportunity to work part-time. We define the boundary parameters jointly with you in accordance with your individual requirements.
And what about specialisation?
We set clear focus areas with our competence centres. And that is something we also expect from you over the course of your development. However, we do not want to train specialists who are unable to think outside of the legal box in complex cases.
As a young lawyer, will I have any contact with clients?
Yes, we involve you in client contact right from the start. It is a fundamental requirement for your career at our company that you are able to develop and maintain your own relationships with clients. There are no permanent back-office activities.
Are you also looking for trainee lawyers and interns?
Yes, definitely. That is the best opportunity for us to get to know future employees. With corresponding commitment, we will also pay a remuneration.
How can I apply for a position at your firm?
What is the application procedure?
If we think that you could fit into our company, we will invite you to an initial interview. Here, you will meet the partner for whose team we are seeking new recruits. You will be given the opportunity to present yourself and we will use the opportunity to introduce you to our law firm, our structures and our work. After a further, more in-depth interview, it should be clear whether we will be inviting you on board.