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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 2024 and March 2025 open on 1 October 2021 and close on 31 July 2022. 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 applywww.hfw.com/graduate-recruitment
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Mrs Sarah Fay
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 three summer vacation schemes (one and two weeks in duration). Applications for our 2022 vacation schemes will open on 1 October 2021 and close on 31 January 2022. We ran our 2020/21 vacation schemes remotely.
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.
GDL/LPC fees paid and a maintenance grant of £7,000 (£5,500 outside London) is available for each year of study.
- 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
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
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
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
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 contract applications:||1,002 (2015)|
|Retention rate:||85% (2017)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- Rio de Janeiro
- São Paulo
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Brokerage Citylink
- Career Ready
- City Solicitors Horizons
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Mindful Business Charter
- Rare Recruitment
- Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership