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Dechert LLP

  • 10 vacancies
  • 20 trainees
  • 312 partners
  • 2295 staff

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More info

We recruit all of our future trainees from our vacation schemes, via an online application form. Successful applicants are invited to complete a video interview. If successful at this stage, they will be invited to the London office for a half day assessment centre, comprising an interview with a partner and a member of the graduate recruitment team, a written exercise and lunch with trainees.

We are looking for candidates who have a genuine interest in business and our clients, are ambitious and who have a keen sense of building community, both within the workplace and with our clients.


Applications to

Katrina Phull

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Dechert is a global specialist law firm with approximately 1000 lawyers across 26 offices. We have some of the world’s leading lawyers advising on both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm is frequently retained to work on the most challenging transactions and disputes, and prides itself on its ability to deliver premium legal services and sound business judgment to its clients. Dechert lawyers bring to their assignments a focus on quality, responsiveness and value for money. We are driven by one key principle: exceptional client service.


Our work

In London, our lawyers are active in Dechert’s core practice areas of corporate and securities, financial services and investment management, finance and real estate, trials, investigations and securities, which incorporates our white collar and commercial litigation teams. Our clients include corporations, financial institutions, sovereign states, quasi-sovereign entities and private and high-net-worth individuals all over the world. Dechert undertakes work for 40 of the Fortune 100 companies, and advises 24 of the top 25 global asset management firms, and 41 of the top 50 global private debt firms.

GDL and LPC fees, plus £10,000 maintenance grant for each year of law school.

We run two vacation schemes each year: spring and summer. 

Our two week schemes are designed to give you an idea of what it will be like to be a trainee solicitor at Dechert. Each week you will sit in a different practice group and you are given real work to do by our lawyers. Exactly what you will do will depend on which practice group you sit in but it will include research, drafting and attending meetings. You will also attend training sessions on a range of topics, such as legal writing and negotiation. In 2018, Dechert won Best Training – Vacation Scheme, due to the in depth, comprehensive training we deliver to our vacation scheme participants. 

Before you start the scheme, we will ask for your practice area preferences and then try to place you in those groups.  You will be allocated a supervisor (an associate or partner) and a trainee buddy, but will receive work from people at all levels from across the group

Social events, such as evening activities and dinners, are an important part of the vacation schemes as they enable you to build your relationships with Dechert trainees, associates and partners. Over the past 18 months, these have included dinner at The Ivy, a private pod on the London Eye, indoor crazy golf with dinner, lunch at Dishoom, drinks receptions at the Shard, walking tours on London legal heritage and group cookery classes. 

We offer places on both schemes to penultimate-year law undergraduates, all final-year undergraduates (both law and non-law), all graduates, postgraduates and career changers.

Our trainees undertake six seats of four months each, with each trainee being seconded to a client or one of our international offices, providing a truly broad legal foundation. Working closely with partners and associates, and with a small trainee intake, no two trainees’ training contracts will be the same. We run a full training programme, at the beginning of, and throughout, the training contract, which complements our on the job training. Following qualification, our NQs attend orientation in Philadelphia.

  • Corporate & securities
  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Financial services
  • Employment
  • Tax
  • IP
  • International arbitration & trial
  • Investigations & securities
  • White collar litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

160 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4QQ
Phone: 020 7184 7000
Email: graduate.recruitment@dechert.com
Web: www.dechert.com/careers
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 20
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £45,000
Sponsorship: GDL and LPC fees, plus £10,000 maintenance grant
Turnover: £465,517,241 (2012)
Starting salary: £45,000
Training contract applications: 500 (2014)
Retention rate: 60% (2014)
Partner diversity:
  • 88.0% male (2012)
  • 12.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Brussels
  • Dublin
  • Singapore
  • London
  • A4ID
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Innocence Project
  • Islington Law Centre
  • LawWorks
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • Prince’s Trust
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Rare Recruitment