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Arnold & Porter is a firm of nearly 1,000 lawyers, providing sophisticated litigation and transactional capabilities, renowned regulatory experience and market-leading multidisciplinary practices in the life sciences and financial services industries. Client-driven and industry focused, our lawyers practice across more than 30 practice areas, including bankruptcy, corporate finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax, to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities and address issues that impact the very value of their businesses. Our global reach, experience and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological and ideological borders, to offer clients forward-looking, results-oriented solutions that resolve their US, international and cross-border legal needs.
Located in the heart of the city in London's financial district, Arnold & Porter is trusted adviser to a wide range of leading multinational and domestic organisations for our full range of regulatory, transactional, and litigation services.
Many of our lawyers have experience working in industry or government. Clients say this experience is invaluable to assist them with strategic and collaborative problem solving. Our London office has a well established record for handling ground breaking cases since opening in 1997. We are known for our seamless multidisciplinary team working across the firm's offices and network of partner firms around the world. Wrap-around industry knowledge, experience and regulatory input is the reason clients continue to entrust us with some of their most complex and high stakes business issues.
We are passionate about pro bono in the London office. Colleagues work collaboratively on what are sometimes highly controversial or complex issues affecting NGOs, charitable organisations, individuals and minorities. Colleagues frequently give a very significant amount of time to advocate for those who need it most. Diversity is paramount to the firm. Our London office is a vigorous supporter in every aspect to promote an inclusive, fair and ethical work place. We are proudly committed to several initiatives to encourage and maintain Arnold & Porter's diverse community of professionals.
Types of work
Arnold & Porter’s London lawyers advise on a full range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, with a particular focus on intellectual property and technology transactions and litigation, pharmaceuticals and medical device regulation and litigation, internet and media and technology, employment, competition and trade regulation, international arbitration, white collar crime UK enforcement and dispute resolution, corporate and securities, bankruptcy, finance, investment management and product liability advice and commercial litigation. Providing clients with an excellent service is Arnold & Porter’s number one priority, and the firm’s lawyers need to be commercially minded, approachable and able to work with clients as part of a team on complex and often high-profile legal issues.
Who should apply
The firm looks for talented law and non-law graduates from all backgrounds who share the firm’s commitment to excellence, and want to be part of the continued growth of its London office. Candidates need to demonstrate a consistently high academic background; the firm looks for well-rounded individuals who can demonstrate their participation in a range of extra-curricular activities and achievements.
Four six-month seats: life sciences and healthcare regulatory, intellectual property, white collar crime, international arbitration, corporate and securities, competition or commercial litigation.
The firm takes around 10 summer vacation students each recruiting year. Whether you are a law or non-law student, the firm will introduce you to life in a busy City law firm. You will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects and workshops with partners and associates throughout the London office. Apply online via our application page.
Trainees will have the opportunity to spend six months working within four of our practice groups: life sciences and healthcare regulatory, intellectual property, white collar crime, international arbitration, corporate and securities, competition or commercial litigation. Arnold & Porter encourages individuals to work across specialisms, so trainees may find that whilst they are working in one practice group, they undertake work in a variety of different areas, and for a variety of partners and fee-earners throughout the firm.
Trainees will be expected to work on several matters at once, and to assume responsibility at an early stage. Trainees may have an opportunity to go on for client secondments and where the occasion permits, to work on projects with our US offices.
Trainees are encouraged to take part in our pro bono programme, and devote 15% of their time to it. The reflects the firm's strong commitment to pro bono and helps young lawyers to develop their client managements skills from an early stage.
Diversity and inclusion are core values for Arnold & Porter. We are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive work environment, where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect.
One of our most active initiatives is our affinity groups. These firmwide groups not only serve as support networks, but they also accelerate the attainment of professional and business development skills through enhanced mentoring opportunities and a variety of speaker programs. Additionally, the groups help the firm identify strategies that support our diversity efforts while fostering a stronger sense of community within the firm.
APCares: Supports parents and caregivers by providing relevant programs and content, collegial support communities and firm resources.
Pride: Addresses topics of interest to and provides a professional and social network for the firm's LGBTQ attorneys. The group provides mentoring opportunities and sponsors social events and educational opportunities.
Women's Initiative for Success and Empowerment (WISE): Dedicates its efforts to recruiting, developing, retaining, and advancing women at the firm. Specifically, WISE's steering committee of partners, counsel and associates implements programs focused on leadership training, business development and work-life integration.
Arnold & Porter will pay your fees for post-graduate education relevant to qualification. In addition we will pay a maintenance grant over the duration of the course.
Other benefits include our healthy incentive bonus, Christmas bonus, private health insurance, private dental insurance, life assurance, season ticket loan.
- Life sciences & healthcare regulatory
- Intellectual property
- Corporate & securities
- Financial services
- International arbitration
- White collar crime
- Commercial litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including food, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
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