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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 120 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.
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.
LPC fees paid and £5,000 maintenance grant where local authority grant not available.
- Restructuring & recoveries
- Property litigation
- IP & commercial
- Commercial property
- Residential property
- Private client
- Pensions & employee benefits
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
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.
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.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
|Profit per partner:||£308,000 (2014)|
|Training contract applications:||260 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||83% (2019)|
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