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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 2026 and March 2027 open on 5 October 2023 and close on 21 July 2024. Apply via our website www.hfw.com/graduate-recruitment. The application process consists of the online application, an assessment centre and a final round interview with two partners.
How to applyhfw.grad.allhires.com
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
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.
We typically run a one-week spring vacation scheme and two summer vacation schemes (two weeks in duration). Applications for our 2024 vacation schemes will open on 5 October 2023 and close on 14 January 2024.
Vacation scheme participants 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.
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, usually 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.
PGDL/SQE fees paid and a maintenance grant of £12,000 is available for each year of study once a training contract offer is accepted.
- Shipping litigation
- Ship finance
- Fraud & insolvency
- Oil & gas
- Contentious insurance
- Non-contentious insurance
- Trade finance
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
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.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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
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
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. 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.
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 Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Profit per partner:||£530,000 (2012)|
|Training programme applications:||846 (2023)|
|Retention rate:||68% (2023)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Abu Dhabi
- British Virgin Islands
- Hong Kong
- Rio de Janeiro
- São Paulo
- LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group)
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- Mission to Seafarers
- Tower Hamlets Law Centre
- Black Solicitors Network
- Bright Network
- Career Ready
- City Solicitors Horizons
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Mindful Business Charter
- Rare Recruitment
- SEO London
- The Brokerage
- The Switch