Your skills development is not only important but absolutely crucial for us as a knowledge-based organisation. We aim to cultivate the best environment for you to maximise your potential – regardless of how long you stay at the firm.

During your first six years at the firm, you will participate in our in-house Professional Development Programme, along with a number of other development opportunities.

Overseas secondment

We offer the opportunity to work abroad, either with our clients or other law firms by way of secondment, or at one of our own offices around the world. Our overseas offices are located in Brussels, Singapore and New York.

Client secondment

Our lawyers often have the chance to work on secondment as in-house counsel for a client. This option may be available early on in your career with the firm, depending on the help the client requires. A secondment is a truly valuable experience and a great way to really get to know our clients.

Rotation between practice groups

If you would like to try out different practice areas, our rotation programme is a great opportunity for you to broaden your legal knowledge and we offer this opportunity early on in your career.

Mentoring programme

The firm’s mentoring programme pairs newly recruited associates with senior colleagues. The programme is intended to be a relaxed forum where you can ask questions freely and reflect upon daily life at the firm, supported by a more experienced colleague.

Professional Development Programme

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) covers your first six years at the firm. The programme includes training in specific legal topics, along with other areas such as business management, English, negotiating techniques, professional ethics, rhetoric and commercial awareness.

The PDP enables you to develop your legal skills and understanding of our clients’ businesses. The first two years of the programme give you a thorough understanding of the firm’s approach to substantive law within the various practice groups. You will also receive training in many other aspects of our day-to-day work.

As you become more senior at the firm, your PDP training will focus on commercial awareness, professional ethics, negotiating techniques, presentation skills and project management. In parallel with the programme, you will also continue to receive further training in your specific area of legal practice.

Professional Development Programme

Year 1
Working at Mannheimer Swartling

An introduction to the firm’s areas of practice

Legal English

Year 2

Business administration

Project management

Year 3
Negotiation techniques and rethorics

Consolidated accounts

Year 4
Negotiation techniques and project management

Business analysis

Year 5

Year 6
Business acumen

Meet some of our people

Martin Andersén
Senior Associate, Real Estate

During my law studies I didn’t know what field of law to specialise in. It was only after I’d worked as a summer intern at Mannheimer Swartling that I realised that business law was for me. The people I worked with and the reception I was given as an intern played a big part in my wanting to return to the firm once I had graduated. I felt like one of the gang right from day one. I started at the firm’s Malmö office, but when my partner got a new job in Gothenburg, I transferred to our office there. Since our work is so closely integrated between the offices, the move went very smoothly, and I’m still in touch with my colleagues in Malmö on a daily basis. Although we’re spread out geographically, the firm really feels like a single office.

Anna Bryngelsson
Partner, Environment

Environmental law is an incredibly interesting field. Both legislation and case law are constantly evolving, and since virtually all environmental regulations originate in the EU, it’s necessary to navigate EU law as well as the Swedish regulations. And I also like working at the intersection between science and law. A lot of the work we do requires the assistance of technical consultants and engineers, chemists or biologists. As environmental lawyers, we need to understand the technical side of the work. For example, we may need to know how a given chemical product works, or why an industrial plant causes certain emissions. We also serve as a bridge, translating the technical situation into law.


Mannheimer Swartling’s most important assets are its people. We are a large team with as wide a diversity of interests and motivations as there are opportunities to develop at the firm. Do you want to join us?


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