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Once we have reviewed the applications, successful candidates will be invited to an interview day.
For the vacation scheme, there is one interview day which includes an interview with two members of our recruitment panel and a written assessment.
For training contracts, in addition to the first interview day, there is a final stage with a final interview, networking lunch and a final written assessment.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Wedlake Bell is a medium-sized law firm providing legal advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals from around the world. Our services are based on a high degree of partner involvement, extensive business and commercial experience, and strong technical expertise. We have approximately 150 lawyers in central London and affiliations with law firms throughout Europe and in the United States.
Who should apply
In addition to academic excellence, we look for commercial aptitude, flexibility, enthusiasm, a personable nature, confidence, mental agility and computer literacy in our candidates. Languages are not crucial.
Summer vacation scheme
Every July we offer an exclusive three-week summer vacation scheme to a limited number of students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The scheme is very structured and enables successful applicants to gain first-hand experience of life as a trainee solicitor at Wedlake Bell.
The 2023 summer vacation scheme will run from Monday 26 June 2023 – Friday 14 July 2023.
We view our summer vacation scheme as a prolonged interview for training contracts and a significant number of our trainees are recruited directly from our summer vacation scheme.
In each of the three weeks, you will be assigned to a fee earner in one of our core teams and will become actively involved with their caseload. In addition, we will ask you to prepare a presentation as part of a summer student group, you’ll have ownership over the topic and final output. These presentations will be made in your last week to a selection of our lawyers and our current trainees.
Summer vacation scheme students will also be able to meet a variety of people from across the firm and experience the firm’s culture for yourself.
This year, Wedlake Bell are pleased to offer an open day. This is aimed at those who are looking to find out more about a career in law and life at a City firm. Applications are open to first year students and beyond.
Please compelte the short application form on our website to be considered.
Trainees have four seats of six months across the following areas: insolvency, restructuring and recoveries; construction; commercial litigation; commercial property; corporate; employment; IP and commercial; pensions and employee benefits; private client; property litigation and residential property.
As a trainee we encourage you to have direct contact and involvement with clients from an early stage. You will work within highly specialised teams and have a high degree of responsibility. You will be closely supervised by a partner or senior solicitor, and will become involved in high-quality and varied work. We are committed to the training and career development of our lawyers, and many of our trainees continue their careers with the firm, often through to partnership.
Wedlake Bell has an informal, creative and co-operative culture with a balanced approach to life.
Before starting your training contract, you will meet your intake and other future trainees in person at multiple events throughout the year. The firms also provides a pre-joiner programme of events in the build-up to the start of the training contract. Highlights this year included, speed networking and a 'how to prepare for your training contract session'.
‘Wedlake Bell stands out for the breadth and depth of matters you are entrusted with. The partners and trainee supervisors are genuinely invested in supporting your development, whilst promoting an inclusive and supportive culture which ensures everyone has a healthy work-life balance.’
Quote from Zahra Shah, current trainee in the private client team.
Wedlake Bell are pleased to be working with The University of Law to prepare our future trainees for the SQE. In addition to exam preparation, trainees will also complete additional modules to help them prepare for life as a City lawyer. This course will also be a certified LLM qualification.
Wedlake Bell will ask non-law graduates completing the SQE to complete the PGDip (GDL) before beginning their SQE preparation.
SQE (or LPC) fees paid and £7,000 maintenance grant where local authority grant not available.
PGDip (GDL) fees are paid for those completing the SQE.
Wedlake Bell will be working with The University of Law.
- Restructuring & recoveries
- Property litigation
- IP & commercial
- Commercial property
- Residential property
- Private client
- Pensions & employee benefits
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
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 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 Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Profit per partner:||£308,000 (2014)|
|Training contract applications:||250 (2018)|
|Retention rate:||83% (2019)|
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