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A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful candidates will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team. We are looking to recruit candidates from all universities and degree disciplines. Our academic requirements are AAB at A level or equivalent and a 2.1 degree (obtained or predicted). We review all application forms holistically, which means if you fall slightly short of our academic requirements but demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered.
If you require any additional support throughout the recruitment process, please contact the graduate recruitment team to have a confidential conversation on 020 7903 1000 or at [email protected].
Apply online via our website http://ukrecruiting.weil.com.
How to applyweil.app.candidats.io
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Ms Yohanna Wilson
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
With approximately 1,100 lawyers across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.
Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.
Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The firm’s people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.
Weil provides clients with legal expertise at the highest level across its key practices of private equity and M&A; funds; banking and finance; structured finance; restructuring; disputes and investigations; and has been involved in some of the most significant, high-profile and prestigious mandates across all its legal specialisms. The majority of the firm’s work involves multidisciplinary teams across the specialist fields of competition; corporate governance and compliance; employment; intellectual property; management incentives; pensions; real estate; tax; and technology leveraging the expertise of its full service capabilities for its clients.
Vacation schemes 2023
A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a Weil trainee. You will work alongside associates, carrying out real trainee tasks and responsibilities while gaining a greater insight into one of the firm’s practice areas. You will be mentored and supported throughout the scheme, and to help you get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops. We also organise a number of social events, so you can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting. You can apply for a vacation scheme if you are penultimate-year student, finalist or graduate from any degree discipline. You will be paid £500 per week plus a contribution towards accommodation costs will be made to those living outside of London, in addition to travel expenses being reimbursed.
Spring vacation scheme
27 March – 6 April 2023 (deadline 10 January 2023)
Summer vacation scheme
19 – 30 June 2023 (deadline 10 January 2023)
Fast track scheme 2023
Our two-day, fast track scheme is a fantastic way to gain an insight into the legal profession and understand the work of a trainee at Weil. Perform well on the scheme and you will be automatically interviewed for a 2024 vacation scheme. You can apply for a fast track scheme if you are a first-year student from any degree discipline. You will be paid £100 per day plus a contribution towards accommodation costs will be made to those living outside of London, in addition to travel expenses being reimbursed.
17 – 18 May 2023 (deadline 19 March 2023)
Meet our people and get a better understanding of our firm and culture. During an insight day you will hear from our partners, associates and trainees about life at Weil. You can apply for an insight day if you are a second-year student, penultimate-year student, finalist or graduate from any degree discipline. Travel costs will be reimbursed.
17 November 2022 (deadline 6 November 2022)
24 November 2022 (deadline 6 November 2022)
Virtual experience programme
Gain hands-on experience of the typical tasks a trainee would get involved in while working in our private equity, banking and finance, and restructuring teams. The virtual experience programme is self-paced and open to everyone. No application is required.
Virtual and in-person events
At our events, in addition to developing your commercial awareness, you will have the chance to meet our people, build your network and discover our culture, as well as ask any questions you have about the application process. Click here (https://ukrecruiting.weil.com/meet-us) for a list of upcoming events.
Weil’s training contract is designed to help you reach your potential as quickly as possible through constant exposure to high calibre work. We take an open and transparent approach to progression with a structure that makes sure you get the best start to your legal career. As a trainee you will work on some of the most complex and sophisticated matters. The work will be varied, exciting and from the very start you will be in the spotlight tackling the problems our clients face.
During your training contract, you will complete four six-month seats, one of which will be in corporate and one in finance. In each of your four seats, you will share an office with your supervisor, which means you will always have someone to guide you in your day-to-day work. The mentoring and support you receive as a Weil trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a partner mentor, who will be your go-to for advice and guidance throughout the full two years of your training.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than just words. They embody a commitment that has been at our core since the firm was founded. We strive to honour this commitment and create a culture where our differences are respected, celebrated and valued.
PGDL and SQE1 and 2 fees are covered by the firm and future trainees will receive a maintenance grant of £20,000.
- Funds regulatory
- Private equity
- Private equity infrastructure
- Private equity infrastructure finance
- Structured finance
- Corporate & 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.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
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.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
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.
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