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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 5% 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.
We provide three days unpaid work 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.
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.
- 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 which concern relationships between people and government.
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.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
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.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
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.
Issues such as climate change 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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
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