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Applications to commence solicitor training in September 2023 will open on 10 December 2020. The deadline for receiving applications is 15 July 2021 and interviews will take place in August/September 2021.
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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 1,300 experienced attorneys, consultants and professionals in 22 locations across the United States, United Kingdom and China, we serve clients in every U.S. 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 55.
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.
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.
Real estate: advice on all aspects of property investments and management, development and finance, as well as corporate real estate issues.
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.
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
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
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
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
- 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