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Applications to commence solicitor training in September 2025 opened on 15 December 2022. The deadline for receiving applications is 15 July 2023 and interviews will take place in August/September 2023.
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Mr Stephen Llewellyn
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Faegre Drinker is a top 50 US firm designed for clients. With more than 1,200 experienced attorneys, consultants and professionals in 21 locations across the United States, United Kingdom and China, we serve clients in every US state and more than 100 countries. We have the strength to solve the most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory challenges. We partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations, delivering comprehensive and customised advice that advances their most ambitious objectives.
In London, we have 35 lawyers and a total staff of 58.
Types of work
Our focus in London is on advising clients which range from Fortune 500 companies to high quality emerging companies meeting their legal needs, both domestically and internationally.
Corporate: includes mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, management buy-outs, joint ventures, private equity, flotations (IPOs), fundraising and corporate reorganisations. We have particular expertise in advising on AIM listings.
Finance and restructuring: advice in contentious and non-contentious, cross-border and domestic financial restructuring, insolvency, corporate recovery, turnaround and distressed real estate matters.
Business litigation: general commercial litigation with a growing emphasis on mediation and arbitration, much of which is international.
Commercial: a wide range of contentious and non-contentious commercial and IP matters for a diverse client base. Our expertise also covers franchising, outsourcing, international data privacy, e-commerce and digital media.
Employment: advice on a broad range of employment issues from recruitment to dismissal and also on employers' duties on business sales and reorganisations, share option and incentive plans, global mobility and immigration and termination issues such as redundancy, unfair and wrongful dismissal and restrictive covenants.
Who should apply
We are looking for motivated people not only with strong academics, but who are also team players with good all-round ability, common sense and ambition. In addition, strong communication skills and an appreciation of our clients' commercial interests are essential.
We offer a number of one week vacation placements over the summer months during which you will be given an opportunity to experience first-hand the work undertaken day-to-day by our trainees across our practice groups.
The London office is split into five main practice groups. We offer training in those groups and trainees will assist a number of partners or solicitors within any group. This provides a good breadth of experience and you will quickly become integrated within the firm. Our aim is for trainees to be one of the team and to have responsibility (subject to appropriate supervision) at an early stage. We provide some in-house training and trainees are encouraged to attend outside lectures and courses where appropriate. Appraisals are undertaken every three months.
London Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The London Diversity & Inclusion Committee is an associate-led initiative open to all colleagues in the London office. Working in conjunction with our US-based counterparts, we promote diversity and inclusion as one of Faegre Drinker's core values. Our intention is to create and maintain an environment where all perspectives are welcome and valued, and where everyone is provided with opportunities to develop and advance both within Faegre Drinker and our wider communities. We typically focus on the following areas:
- access to the legal profession;
- training and learning development;
- recruitment and retention; and
- volunteering and client events.
London Associates' Committee
The London Associates' Committee comprises all associates, trainee solicitors and paralegals in the London office. The purpose of the committee is to coordinate communication between the office's associates and its leadership and to discuss and implement initiatives that are important to them.
London Women's Committee
We are committed to fostering an environment in which women thrive and can progress. The London Women's Committee is focused on the retention and promotion of women lawyers and pursues initiatives to support them, including business development, mentoring and social events.
- 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.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
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.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
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.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
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Phone: 020 7450 4500
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||18|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||£50,000 (September 2022)|
|Fees paid for:||
- BPP Legal Advice Clinic
- Hackney Community Law Centre
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- The Advocates for Human Rights
- The National Pro Bono Centre
- TrustLaw Connect
- City Solicitors' Educational Trust
- Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership