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HFW

  • 15 vacancies
  • 35 trainees
  • 184 partners
  • 1021 staff

About HFW

Our strategy is to become the world's leading law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance and shipping sectors.

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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 2022 and March 2023 open on 1 October 2019 and close on 31 July 2020. 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.


Applications to

Miss Sarah Burson

Method of application

Online 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.

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 2020 vacation schemes will open on 1 October 2019 and close on 31 January 2020.

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.

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 & insolvency
  • Oil & gas
  • EU/competition
  • Corporate
  • Contentious insurance
  • Non-contentious insurance
  • Aerospace
  • Trade finance
  • Regulatory
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE
Phone: 020 7264 8000
Email: grad.recruitment@hfw.com
Web: www.hfw.com/graduate-recruitment
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 35
Start salary: £41,000 (2019)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £123,900,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £530,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £41,000
Training contract applications: 1,002 (2015)
Retention rate: 82% (2018)
Partner diversity:
  • 82.7% male (2019)
  • 17.3% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 48.3% male (2019)
  • 51.7% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • Melbourne
  • Paris
  • Piraeus
  • Singapore
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beirut
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Kuwait
  • London
  • Melbourne
  • Monaco
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Piraeus
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Riyadh
  • São Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • LawWorks
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • City Solicitors Horizons
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stonewall