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The first stage of the selection procedure is an online application form. This is an opportunity to tell us about yourself and your motivations for applying to Gowling WLG. Your application will be reviewed and you will be invited to complete our game based assessment and, if successful, a video interview. Immersive assessment days are the final part of our selection procedure for places on our vacation schemes and for training contract applications.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
We're a leading sector-focused international law firm. But we're different. What sets us apart is a growing reputation for client experience, outstanding people and creative energy.
You'll find us in Canada, the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, focused on key global sectors, including real estate, energy, financial services, life sciences, natural resources, infrastructure, and technology.
We're a firm with momentum, making bold moves in the international legal market, where we've significantly increased our footprint and capability. And we have an appetite for further international growth.
Here are some fast facts about us:
1,500+ legal professionals
19 cities with international offices
3,000+ pro bono hours
93 individuals listed in Chambers and The Legal 500
To find out what it is like to work at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
We run vacation schemes at our London and Birmingham offices, each year during spring and summer.
You’ll experience life at an international law firm first-hand, meet our people and clients, and gain an insight into our work and culture. One of our current trainees will help you settle in and is on hand to answer any queries you may have. You’ll have a dedicated supervisor who will ensure you receive quality work, support and constructive feedback.
They’ll also be plenty of social events to help you network and build up professional relationships (while enjoying yourself too, of course).
Each year we recruit 25 trainees across Birmingham and London. Treated as a lawyer from day one, you’ll enjoy early responsibility, international opportunities and big-ticket work as you learn from legal experts across the globe.
Our training contracts consist of four six-month seats and we’ll get you started with a full and comprehensive induction, designed to help you settle into life here. Then it’s down to business, with lots of early responsibility and exposure. Because the more you get involved in, the more you’ll gain.
Choosing from our broad-ranging practice areas, your programme will typically include a contentious seat, a non-contentious seat, real estate and an optional seat (which could be an international secondment or working for a client). You’ll get deeply involved in interesting casework for an exceptional scope of clients, enjoying top tier training in a high performing, hugely encouraging culture. It’ll be a continuous learning journey with one-to-one guidance from a partner mentor, a dedicated supervisor, the early talent team and, of course, the strong support network of legal experts all around you.
We cover your Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) fees, as well as providing a maintenance grant for each course.
We offer all trainees the following: bonus scheme, gym membership/subsidy, life assurance, pension scheme with company contributions, private healthcare, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurant, income protection insurance, 25 days’ holiday (plus optional unpaid holiday), cycle to work scheme, an active social club, access to corporate rates and discounts, employee assistance programme, budget for staff entertainment, childcare vouchers and an interest free loan.
- Commercial development & investment
- Property litigation
- Specialist real estate services
- Housing regeneration & development
- Commercial litigation
- IP UK
- EU law
- Trade & competition
- Construction & engineering
- Commercial IT & outsourcing
- Projects & infrastructure
- Banking & finance
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
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.
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.
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.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
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 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
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.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
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