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Ms Kerry Dawson
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
At Goodwin, we encourage collaboration across practices, industry teams and geographies, ensuring the most integrated, solutions-oriented results for our clients. Our culture fosters an open, inclusive and collegial atmosphere. As a trainee in our London office you will join our cohesive group of people from different backgrounds, working together on challenging deals and complex cases. With more than 1,400 lawyers across 13 offices in the US, Asia and Europe, we are proud of our commitment to excellence, the interesting matters we handle and the impressive clients we serve.
Our London office has grown significantly in recent years. With over 100 lawyers working on complex and high profile matters you will find a well-rounded team in our London office to help you reach your full potential in your legal career.
Your career path at Goodwin may take you in any number of directions. We ensure you will be well-prepared for a wide range of professional opportunities. We invite you to take a closer look and find out why a career here is a great idea.
The Goodwin summer vacation scheme provides real insight into what it is like to train and work at Goodwin and gives us a window to get to know students better.
Students will witness first-hand the work we do for our clients by shadowing associates, attending client and business unit meetings, and attending information sessions focussed on the work of each practice area in the London office.
Students will leave our programme with valuable mentors and a large professional and social network.
Goodwin will run two summer vacation schemes, from which we will recruit a proportion of our 2022 intake of trainees.
Goodwin’s London office recruits 11 trainees each year and offers a variety of training in our core practice areas including tech and life sciences, private equity, private investment funds and real estate.
Our size and continued growth allow us to offer our trainees and associates increased responsibility and meaningful client contact from the outset. We work in small teams, which gives our lawyers the opportunity to work directly with, and be mentored by, senior colleagues, and to develop a network that will be an invaluable part of their future career development.
Our objective is to see you transition over the two-year period from a talented law student to a confident, professional lawyer. Working in a supportive environment, you will be immersed in actual legal work. You will receive personal attention combined with early responsibility.
Your four rotations will include seats in practice areas relevant to our core sectors of private equity, real estate and tech & life sciences. This ensures you will have the widest exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will satisfy the contentious requirement by attending an external course.
We offer full sponsorship of both the GDL and LPC, together with a maintenance grant of £8,000 during the GDL and £10,000 during the LPC to all our future trainees.
- Private equity
- Real estate (transactional)
- Corporate real estate
- Investment funds
- Life sciences
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
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.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
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