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Applications will open in November 2023 for training contracts starting in 2025. The application deadline is 6 February 2024 and applications will be reviewed once the application window has closed.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an 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.
Applications should be made online via our website.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Video interview
- 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 Gold 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.
The first trainees joining us on the SQE will do so in 2024. We continue to welcome candidates who already have the LPC and can continue to support those candidates to qualify through the LPC/PSC route. Candidates who don't have the LPC will be sponsored on an LLM course which incorporates SQE1 and SQE2.
We're striving to create an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of background, can reach their full potential. If you require any special adjustments to be made in order to be considered for this vacancy please call our recruiter as we're happy to make the necessary adjustments and allowances.
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 an LLM incoroporating SQE1 and SQE2. VWV offers a maintenance grant to help with living expenses for those candidates who receive SQE sponsorship.
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial property
- Property litigation
- Private client
- Regulatory compliance
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Practice
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
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.
Sponsored by Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP. Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise in relation to instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or sub-standard medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
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.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
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.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, the demand for global sustainability and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and food.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Training programme applications:||400 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||93% (2023)|
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