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|Number of work placements:||35|
|Minimum qualification:||AAB at A level; minimum degree classification: 2.1|
|Start salary:||£38,000 (2018)|
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Application details and method of selection
Our trainees share our entrepreneurial spirit and are bright and commercial. We look for individuals who are eager to solve problems in new, better and practical ways, and who want to build collaborative relationships. Strong communication skills are a must. In addition, as our training contract is truly international we look for individuals who have a global perspective and an interest in completing international work. Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and we welcome applications from both law and non-law students and undergraduates and experienced graduates alike.
Applications for training contracts commencing in September 2021 and March 2022 open on 1 October 2018 and close on 31 July 2019. Apply via our website www.hfw.com/graduate-recruitment. The application process consists of the online application, an assessment centre at our London offce and a final round interview with two partners.
Firm description and career prospects
We are a sector-focused, entrepreneurial law firm. But there’s more to us than that. We have a passion for the sectors we work in – whether we are solving complex issues across construction, aviation and shipping, or providing advice across insurance, commodities and energy. We’re people who like to get things done. It’s this pragmatism, combined with our creative approach, that makes us our clients’ go-to commercial advisers.
And we are, unapologetically, absolute experts in what we advise our clients on. So yes, we’re different. Our clients say “less traditional” – “progressive”, even.
We say we’re specialist lawyers here to add value to our clients.
We offer our trainees an environment where they will be working alongside some of the most respected and talented lawyers in their field. If you are driven, enjoy challenges and are motivated by the idea of completing a training contract in a global environment, then we would like to hear from you.
GDL/LPC fees paid and a maintenance grant of £7,000 (£5,500 outside London) is available for each year of study.
We run a one-week spring vacation scheme and three summer vacation schemes (one and two weeks in duration). Applications for our 2019 vacation schemes will open on 1 October 2018 and close on 31 January 2019.
Vacation scheme participants spend time in at least one department of their choice, working under the guidance of our fee earners. They also follow a structured programme of talks and workshops designed to help them to understand more about HFW and our business areas. Our vacation schemes are an integral part of our training contract recruitment process and all vacation scheme participants attend a guaranteed interview for a training contract as part of the vacation scheme.
Training contract programme
Every year we recruit only a small number of trainees – 15 per year split across a September and March intake. This enables us to give every trainee our full attention, and means that your individual contribution makes a difference.
A training contract at HFW consists of four six-month seats – typically three contentious seats and one transactional seat, with at least one seat spent outside of London in an international office. Trainees are involved in a combination of workshops, departmental know-how sessions, mentoring by experienced lawyers and on-the-job training. Overall, we aim to provide you with a dynamic, supportive and varied environment in which you are challenged to become the best lawyer you can be.
Shipping litigation, ship finance, commodities, construction, fraud and insolvency, oil and gas, EU/competition and regulatory, corporate, contentious insurance, non-contentious insurance, aerospace.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche
Beirut, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Kuwait, London, Melbourne, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Riyadh, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, City Solicitors Horizons, PRIME, Rare Recruitment, Stonewall