Public International Law is more interesting than I could have hoped for. I have attended meetings with foreign government officials and dealt directly with lawyers from several jurisdictions. Perhaps best is the unpredictability: you never know who will drop in for an impromptu meeting while passing through London.
- Applications to: Sarah Warnes
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2016: 31/07/2014 Summer work placement: 31/01/2014
|Number of work placements:||8|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, at least 3 Bs at A level or equivalent|
|Sponsorship:||CPE/GDL and LPC|
Application details and method of selection
Apply by 31 July 2014 to begin September 2016. 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 just 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 21 categories in the 2013 edition of the UK Legal 500.
Combining the expertise of over 650 lawyers in 30 practice 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, banking & finance, 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 60% of our London associates trained with the firm and our deputy managing partner, Laurence Harris, started with the London office as a summer student!
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.
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 2014. 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.
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, including an opportunity to spend one of those rotations on 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
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Diversity access schemes
Black Lawyers’ Directory, Brokerage Citylink, IntoUniversity, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Sutton Trust, Target Chances