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Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP


Vacancies: 9
Trainees: 8
Partners: 9
Staff: 60
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, commendation at GDL
Start salary: £38,000

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Application details and method of selection

Closing date for training contract applications: 15 July 2014. Please email us at tcapplications@gide.com and we will send you an application form as soon as we open recruitment in January 2014.

Firm description and career prospects

Gide Loyrette Nouel is the first international law firm to originate in France, rather than England or the United States. Founded in Paris in 1920, Gide now advises clients on their most challenging transactions from 19 offices throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

Gide London plays a vital role in the firm's global strategy, spear-heading the firm's common law finance practice worldwide. We are now consolidating our success in our core practice areas of structured finance & derivatives, banking & finance and securitisation, as well as broadening our expertise into financial regulation, projects & infrastructure and investment funds. We also have thriving international dispute resolution & arbitration and international tax practices.

Our lawyers rival the best English and US firms, advising on some of the largest finance transactions in the UK and Europe. We are not just recruiting trainee solicitors - we are recruiting our future associates and partners.


Funding for GDL/LPC fees at the institution of your choice and an annual maintenance grant of £6,725. We do not reimburse fees paid for courses you have already taken.

Training contract programme

Because finance is a very important part of what we do, our trainees are given an unparalleled start to their careers as finance lawyers. If you have a genuine interest in specialising in this area, you will be exposed to a far wider variety of finance law than in a more generalist practice. As fully integrated members of our transactional teams, you will be given challenging assignments and take responsibility for client work from day one.

We have found six-month training seats give trainees the best training experience. This is long enough for you to become fully immersed in a deal and to play an integral role in the transaction team. Training contracts are therefore divided into four seats, with rotations in September and March. Currently, we offer seats in different aspects of finance, international dispute resolution, projects & infrastructure, as well as overseas secondments to our offices in Moscow, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Paris.

In addition to the hands-on experience of working with your supervisor on transactions, you will also take part in firm-wide training, alongside our associates and partners, learn about legal developments and the nuts and bolts of our core practice areas.

After completing the Professional Skills Course, the firm will allow you time to attend other external courses and conferences that are useful for your long-term training and development.  You will have a personal budget to spend on the training of your choice, including language classes.

Throughout your two-year training contract, you will undoubtedly be looking ahead to qualification and your future career. The investment we make in our trainees - in both financial and intangible terms - is a long-term commitment and one we hope will continue in the years after you qualify.

Who should apply

We are looking for a small number of candidates with a dynamic approach to their careers and a receptive mind who want to be stretched, while being supported, through their legal training to become well-rounded lawyers with an international perspective. We are recruiting for training contracts to start in September 2015, and March and September 2016.

You do not need to speak French, but you do need excellent academics (2.1 degree achieved or expected and, if you are a non-law graduate, a commendation at GDL achieved or expected) and the personality to join a world class team. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with an interest in international finance.

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Starting salary: £38,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 130 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • Moscow
  • Paris