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  • 8-10 vacancies
  • 24 trainees
  • 90 partners
  • 420 staff

About VWV

We act nationally for clients in education and charities, healthcare, private wealth, family-owned business and public sectors. We also offer a dedicated service to individuals.

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More info

Applications will open on 1 November 2021 for training contracts starting in 2023 and 2024. The application deadline is 23 January 2022 and applications will be reviewed once applications have closed.  

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a virtual assessment centre in March. Candidates who are successful at the assessment centre will then be invited to take part in a vacation scheme in June. 

Once the window opens, applications should be made online via our website.

Applications to

Emma Colls

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

VWV has national recognition for its sector-focused approach. The firm directs its skill, energy and expertise towards understanding clients in the sectors they operate in.

Each and every client receives bespoke and high-quality legal counsel, with lawyers going above and beyond to meet clients’ needs. VWV’s 400-strong team, located across offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, brings a wealth of sector expertise and professionalism. VWV is proud to have the reputation of being a friendly firm to work with and 97% of clients say that they would recommend VWV. VWV’s core values underpin everything it does:

Teamwork and collaboration: ensuring there is a joined-up approach, often working across offices and departments to make sure the best possible solution is achieved.

Client at the centre of the firm: VWV thinks about how best to communicate and work together with its clients, and puts itself in their shoes.

Commercial approach: VWV is always keen to make sure clients receive the best possible service at a competitive rate.

VWV's sector focus is supported by our core legal services of real estate, corporate, commercial, IP and technology, employment, dispute resolution and tax. VWV also offers high-level legal advice to private clients, which includes the specialised areas of contentious probate, personal injury and high-quality conveyancing.

With a team culture of support and friendliness we are committed to the growth and development of staff careers. Our success is a reflection of the professional and personal fulfilment of our people. VWV places emphasis on creating a work environment that provides opportunities, encourages participation and fosters achievement. VWV are proud to be one of only five percent of organisations who have achieved Investors in People Bronze standard which recognises the commitment of organisations that invest more. VWV are also winners of the Legal category at the very first Bristol Life Awards celebrating the best of Bristol businesses.

Our vacation scheme offers experience in a variety of areas, including: charities and education, commercial, commercial litigation, employment, regulatory compliance, private client (contentious probate and wills and trusts), and real estate (including construction and property litigation).

Excellence, commitment and development are not words we use lightly in our graduate training programme. In every respect, they are words that lie at the very heart of our business and our culture. We have an excellent reputation for training and offer our trainees responsibility from day one. We provide four seats of six months in a variety of teams, including charities, commercial, commercial litigation, employment, regulatory compliance, private client (contentious probate and wills and trusts), and real estate (including construction and property litigation). Therefore trainees benefit from experience in a wide range of practice areas before qualification.

We are finalising our plans for rolling out the SQE but we envisage that the first trainees joining us on the SQE will do so in 2023, with an increased number joining in 2024. At this stage we anticipate launching alongside our traditional route before fully transitioning across to SQE.

Candidates who have been offered and have accepted a training contract with the firm may be eligible for sponsorship of tuition fees whilst studying for the Legal Practice Course. VWV offers a maintenance grant to help with living expenses for those candidates who receive LPC sponsorship. We are currently finalising our plans for SQE sponsorship. 

  • Corporate
  • Charities
  • Employment
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial property
  • Property litigation
  • Construction
  • Private client
  • Commercial
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Niche
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Phone: 0117 925 2020
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 12
Minimum qualification: 2.2
Start salary: £23,000 Bristol and Birmingham/ £28,000 Watford/ £31,000 London
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £21,280,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 400 (2020)
Retention rate: 100% (2020)
  • London
  • Bristol
  • Watford
  • Birmingham
  • Pathways to Law