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Applications for 2021 vacation schemes must be received by Friday 8 January 2021. Successful candidates will then be considered for a training contract starting in 2023.
Applications for 2023 training contracts must be received by Friday 9 July 2021.
All applicants should apply using the online application form available from uktrainee.wfw.com. After an initial video interview, the next stage in each process is an assessment centre followed by a final stage partner interview. This interview takes place during the vacation scheme for candidates successful in gaining a place on one of our schemes.
How to applywww.wfw.com/uktrainees
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Mrs Lucie Rees
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Video interview
Watson, Farley & Williams LLP is an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network. We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate. We have offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome and Singapore.
We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values, which rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity. Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service in combination across borders and locally through a deep understanding of local business customs and culture.
Areas of work
Within our core sectors of energy (conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, mining and commodities), real estate and transport (aviation, maritime and rail) plus associated infrastructure, we provide a full suite of legal services including finance, capital markets, corporate, construction, planning, employment, public law, regulatory and competition and dispute resolution.
Our vacation scheme is the best way to familiarise yourself with WFW. The two-week placements will be at our London office or take place virtually. They give us a chance to get to know you, and you a chance to experience the firm in more depth.
To appreciate first-hand the kind of work trainees undertake day-to-day, you will work with senior solicitors and partners in one of our core practice groups for the whole period, where possible. To complement this focus on one area, you will also participate in a variety of training and social events designed to give you a general overview of the firm. These include informal lunchtime presentations to give you a broad understanding of all our different practice groups.
At WFW it's not only our approach to trainees that's different. We also tackle training and ongoing development in an individual way. We make a point of providing each of you with all the attention you need to succeed, tailoring your learning experience not just to the needs of the firm but to you personally. During each seat, we discuss with you plans for the next one, encouraging a two-way conversation about areas you are more – or less – interested in and when is convenient for you to go overseas. Though we can't always provide your first choice, we do aim to be as flexible as possible.
Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to run all our training in-house, we offer you:
A core training programme that includes seminars by partners and guest speakers – many from leading barristers' chambers and universities – as well as practice-specific training at the start of each seat during your training contract.
Although there is no typical WFW trainee, there are certain qualifications, skills and traits that we look for. You will need a 2.1 or above – or predicted if you haven't yet graduated. We also ask for at least ABB from A level results, 34 points from IB or their equivalent if you have taken other qualifications. As well as academic achievement, we particularly value applicants with clear initiative, drive and self awareness. These are all qualities you will have the chance to demonstrate at one of our assessment centres, as part of the application process.
Full fees (both GDL and LPC) are paid, dependant on the point of offer, plus a maintenance grant of £7,500 per annum if studying outside London or £8,500 if studying in London.
- Real estate
- Dispute resolution
- Overseas (guaranteed)
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
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.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
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.
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.
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.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Profit per partner:||£562 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||418 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||94% (2020)|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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