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Vacancies: 6
Trainees: 12
Partners: 22
Staff: 134
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 8
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, at least 3 Bs at A level or equivalent
Start salary: £38,000
Sponsorship: CPE/GDL and LPC

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Application details and method of selection

Apply by 31 July 2015 to begin late August 2017. Applications must be made on the firm's online application form accessible trainee.edwardswildman.com.

Firm description and career prospects

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is an international commercial law firm with 125 years of experience working with Fortune 500, FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies alike, in a full spectrum of industries. Our clients know us as trusted legal and business advisers providing strategic, collaborative and client-focussed service. We have offices in London, the US, Hong Kong, Tokyo and we have collaborated with a Turkish firm to open an office in Istanbul. The firm has been fortunate to receive a number of recent accolades including 2012 London Office of the Year by Legal Week, in addition to 2012 Most Innovative Law Firm by the Financial Times in recognition of the firm's litigation practice. The London office has also been recommended in 19 categories in the 2014 edition of the UK Legal 500.

Combining the expertise of over 600 lawyers in 17 sector/industry groups we offer a full array of legal services to clients worldwide from the largest corporates, governments and financial institutions, to high-profile individuals. Our lawyers take the time to develop an intimate understanding of our clients' businesses their industries and the issues they face and we pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our people and the service they offer. We foster a collegiate and supportive working environment with a focus on diversity and inclusion and we're proud of our reputation as a truly friendly firm.

Our key strengths are in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance and intellectual property. In London we also have a number of other specialisms within these areas, for example: asset recovery, financial services & regulatory, competition, employment, international arbitration, international law, life sciences, product liability, restructuring & insolvency, technology, telecommunications and trademarks & brand protection. The international work we do (much of it emanating from the US, Bermuda, Africa, Hong Kong and Europe), often involves cross-border elements, the examination of conflicts of law, international enforceability and jurisdictional disputes.

You will have all the excitement and challenge of working on high-value, complex transactions and disputes, in the size of office where everyone knows who you are. Over 65% of our London associates trained with the firm.

To find out what it is like to work at Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Who should apply

The firm seeks engaging and motivated individuals with initiative, good commercial sense and who want to make their mark. Our trainees have early responsibility; subsequently you should be prepared to be a highly visible part of our working teams and have evidence that you've sought and taken on responsibilities outside of studies and through work experience. Excellent interpersonal skills are vital as you'll be interacting with clients from an early stage. You'll also need the ability to build strong working relationships with those around you and have a real understanding of teamwork. Consistent academic excellence is important as is a sharp, incisive and analytical mind. A rigorous approach is needed to provide focussed and effective commercial advice to our clients. You should be adaptable, capable of thinking on your feet and a problem-solver. A range of work/life experiences to demonstrate these skills and qualities is key. We look for people with interesting achievements, a sense of humour and who've clearly made the most of their other non-academic opportunities. Applications welcome from both law and non-law disciplines.


GDL/LPC fees funding plus living allowance of £7,000 in London and £6,500 outside London per annum.

Work placements

Details of work placements

The firm offers a structured two-week placement for 6-8 students in June/July of each year. We limit the number of places in order to give students a really 'hands-on' experience, normally in two differing areas. This enables you to get involved in a variety of work, with a variety of people, giving you the opportunity to really get to know the firm, its culture and the work it does. Applications should be made online by 31 January 2015. Successful applicants will be asked to attend an assessment day consisting of a commercial case study (group exercise), verbal and numerical critical reasoning tests and a potential partner interview. Preference is given to law students in their penultimate and final years', non-law students in their final year and graduates/those at law school. We are extremely proud of the TARA awards we won in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2013 for 'Best Work Placement' scheme. This recognises all the hard work, organisation and commitment that goes into our scheme from all members of the firm.

Open days

We host around three open days during the year (dates will be advertised on the website), enabling students to learn more about the firm.  Applications from all degree disciplines and year groups are welcome.

Training contract programme

We believe you learn best by doing, with trainees valued for making substantive contributions to the matters they work on and to the success of the firm as a whole. You'll spend six months in four of the firm's key practice areas, one of those seats may be an opportunity to complete a secondment to one of the firm's clients. Secondment opportunities will give you the chance to build on your knowledge, skills and confidence. Our bespoke trainee training programme consisting of regular workshops develops the skills and knowledge needed for the work we do. You will have input into the choice of your seats. Regular feedback and a multi-level support network of partners, mentors and a buddy system ensure you have the right level of guidance. The training is monitored carefully by regular meetings with a trainee partner to discuss progress. We value our reputation for providing a great training ground for our new lawyers, we view them as the partners of the future.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas



Probono initiatives

Bar Pro Bono Unit, Citizens Advice Bureau, Fair Trials International, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Own It, The Manuel Bravo Project, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau

Diversity access schemes

Black Lawyers’ Directory, Brokerage Citylink, IntoUniversity, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Sutton Trust, TARGETjobs Events


Turnover: £26,308,495 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £38,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 442 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 42% (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 95.5% male (2014)
  • 4.5% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 60.6% male (2014)
  • 39.3% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Retail outlets


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  • William Slaiding

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Award Winner

LC.N Awards Winner 2013

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During the vacation scheme, everyone went out of their way to provide me with interesting and varied work and to ensure that I felt like a valued member of the team.

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