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At Walker Morris we believe everyone is unique. We all have our own goals and visions for what we want our professional lives to look like.
Our firm encourages you to pursue those goals and fights alongside you to help you achieve them.
Forge your own path.
We works as a true partnership, both internally and with its clients. We can do this as a result of the independent and non-conformist culture of the firm and our single location strategy. Even though we have approximately 480 employees and 54 partners, our strategy ensures that our lawyers, whatever their respective legal disciplines, are used to working closely with each other all of the time. It enables us to deliver a quality service to clients and allows our solicitors an ideal environment in which to grow. This is true partnership.
To find out what it is like to work at Walker Morris LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Training is aimed at giving you a wide variety of exposure to different areas of law, departments, people and clients. For this reason, unlike many other firms, you will move seats every four months. This allows you to choose which seats you would like in your second year and allow your final seat to be the one into which you will qualify (should you so wish).
As well as your daily work and supervision, your training will include lecture sessions, seminars, role plays and workshops and the professional skills course.
We encourage our trainees to take responsibility and use their initiative. We believe in giving autonomy and client contact from day one; the more aptitude you show, the more responsibility you will be given. However, we don't believe that dropping you in at the deep end is the best way forward either. You will, therefore, receive all the support and guidance you need in order to develop into a well-rounded commercial lawyer.
Training is aimed at giving you a wide variety of exposure to different areas of law, departments, people and clients. For this reason, unlike many other firms, you will move seats every four months. This allows you to choose which seats you would like in your second year and allow your final seat to be the one into which you will qualify (should you so wish). As well as your daily work and supervision, your training will include lecture sessions, seminars, role plays and workshops and the professional skills course.
We encourage our trainees to take responsibility and use their initiative. We believe in giving autonomy and client contact from day one; the more aptitude you show, the more responsibility you will be given. However, we don't believe that dropping you in at the deep end is the best way forward either. You will, therefore, receive all the support and guidance you need in order to develop into a well rounded commercial lawyer.
As it says in our literature, we do not recruit trainee solicitors for a two-year training contract. We recruit our commercial lawyers and partners of the future. The majority of our trainees have been offered a permanent role on qualification this year. We think that reflects our commitment to finding and developing high calibre people. To prove it, the majority of our partners and associates trained with the firm.
Our first intake of SQE students will be from 2024. BPP are our chossen provider for the SQE.
Our overall law firm goal is to have balanced representation across the firm. The individuality that people bring is the lifeblood of our business, and to not grow with a rich and diverse talent base would only harm us as an organisation and limit us as people. Here are a few things we’re proud to talk about:
- We have six newly assigned and trained “Diversity Champions” who help champion good practice, encourage participation and provide a voice across the firm for all D&I aspects and initiatives
- We work closely with universities and actively in local communities to help people prepare for a law career and to make people feel it is a realistic career choice regardless of their background
- We launched our reverse mentoring scheme in 2021, which includes nine mentors matched with nine board members/heads
- A good proportion of our lawyers / partners come from a non-private school education
- We’re a member of the NOTICED diversity network and StrongerTogether – Leeds
- We’re a signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter
We will pay future SQE and GDL fees together with £5,000 mainteance fees to students who have been offered a training contract.
- Commercial disputes
- Real estate & banking litigation
- Energy infrastructure & government
- Finance commercial
- Real estate
- Commercial contracts
- Finance litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
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.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
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
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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. 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
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 climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
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.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. 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.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£742,001 (2021)|
|Training contract applications:||390 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||92% (2022)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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