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Applications for our 2021 and 2022 training contracts will be open to all graduates, penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students from 28 October 2019 until 28 February 2020.
How to applykatten.com/law-students
Ms Laura Simpson
Method of applicationCV and cover letter
Method of assessment
- HR-led interview
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
We are a full-service, business-oriented law firm with over 650 lawyers across 11 offices, providing sophisticated, high-value legal services. Our London office is a growing office currently comprising approximately 40 lawyers and six trainees.
Worldwide, our lawyers serve as valued partners to public and private companies, including many of the leading UK financial institutions and corporations, nearly half of the Fortune 100, nine out of 10 of the largest investment banks on Wall Street and a full spectrum of leisure and entertainment companies. In London we have a strong focus in the financial services and hospitality and leisure sectors in particular, across the various practice groups, including hotels, motion picture studios and television networks.
At Katten, you will find a culture that is uniquely entrepreneurial with opportunities for trainees and associates that are very different from your typical law firm, including:
The opportunity for early hands-on experience – our trainees and associates participate in cutting-edge, creative legal work through notably lean staffing: in most matters you’ll find a 1:1:1 ratio of trainees and associates and partners.
The opportunity to shape your career path – our trainees and associates are encouraged to seek out the type of work they are interested in and have the opportunity to specialise early on in their careers.
The opportunity to feel valued – we see our trainees as valued team members and as a result trainees often get a greater exposure to more senior work than they might get elsewhere.
Katten offers up to twelve one-week summer vacation scheme places over two weeks in June each year. The programme provides practical experience, with vacation schemers undertaking a variety of work from different practice areas, benefiting from the opportunity to see first-hand how our associates and partners work. We strongly encourage those interested in being considered for a training contract at Katten to first apply for a place on the summer vacation scheme.
We have a wide variety of practice groups providing a full service to clients. We are flexible in our trainees’ choice of seats, offering a bespoke training contract. Trainees have four six-month departmental ‘seats’, but frequently work on matters across complementary departments at the same time, which ensures as broad an experience as possible. Our trainees are just as key to our client service, business development and office growth as our partners, associates and staff.
Our training contract is very flexible, incorporating your interests as well as our desire to create a rounded, commercial, qualified Katten lawyer with strong legal knowledge, excellent client service skills and sound business acumen.
Payment of all course fees.
£8,000 for GDL maintenance grant in London.
£8,000 for LPC maintenance grant in London.
- Real estate
- Commercial/intellectual property
- Financial services
- General Practice
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.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
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.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
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.
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.
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Social Mobility Business Partnership