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Watson Farley & Williams LLP

  • 18 vacancies
  • 36 trainees
  • 157 partners
  • 900 staff

About Watson Farley & Williams LLP

We are an international law firm, with a strong sector focus, advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.

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More info

Applications for 2020 vacation schemes must be received by Monday 13 January 2020. Successful candidates will then be considered for a training contract starting in 2022.

Applications for 2022 training contracts must be received by 13 July 2020.

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.

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Applications to

Mrs Lucie Rees

Method of application

Online 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.

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.

Our vacation scheme is the best way to familiarise yourself with WFW. The two-week placements are at our London office, either at Easter or during the summer. 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.

  • Energy
  • Projects
  • Finance
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Property
  • Tax
  • Litigation
  • Overseas (guaranteed)
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

15 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2HB
Phone: 020 7814 8000
Email: uktrainees@wfw.com
Web: www.wfw.com/uktrainees
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 24
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, in any discipline or equivalent
Start salary: £43,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £172,300,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £562 (2018)
Starting salary: £43,000
Training contract applications: 485 (2019)
Retention rate: 71% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 76.0% male (2019)
  • 24.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 49.0% male (2019)
  • 51.0% female
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Athens
  • Bangkok
  • Dubai
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • London
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Hamburg
  • Hanoi
  • Munich
  • Frankfurt
  • Rome
  • Milan
  • Madrid
  • Athens
  • Singapore
  • Bangkok
  • Hong Kong
  • Dubai
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • Bright Network
  • Rare Recruitment