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From autumn 2021, we are looking for those who can start their training contract in September 2024.
We recruit our future trainee solicitors from our spring and summer vacation schemes only. The application deadline is 20 December 2021. Our application process has four stages: online application form, video interview, virtual written analytical exercise and partner interview. At all stages, applicants will be informed of their outcome by email, in a timely manner.
We welcome applicants from all universities and degree disciplines. We are looking for consistently strong academic achievement, with a 2.1 at undergraduate level.
Willkie is proud to use Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System. Partnering with Rare means social mobility measures and educational data are embedded into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand your academic achievements.
How to applywww.willkie.com/careers/london/graduate-recruitment
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Ms Gemma Baker
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Willkie is an international law firm of approximately 1000 lawyers spread over 13 offices in six countries. We represent companies across a wide spectrum of business areas and industries, most particularly financial services. Our core practices are M&A, private equity, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, complex litigation, and competition and antitrust. The firm comprises lawyers who are individually and as a group recognised as some of the world’s foremost subject-matter advisors in their respective areas of practice. We are committed to continuing our 130-year history of excellence and service to our clients.
Established in 1988, our London office provides English and US legal advice to UK, US and international market-leading public and private companies, investors and financial services institutions. Our principal areas of work in London are: asset management; business reorganization and restructuring; capital markets; competition and antitrust; compliance; investigations and enforcement; corporate insurance; finance; financial services regulatory; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; and tax.
In 2022, we will have up to 12 people in total on our spring and summer vacation schemes.
You will sit in two different teams, with both a partner and an associate and gain hands-on experience, giving you the opportunity to undertake real, meaningful work and showcase your potential.
We hope that by the end of the two weeks, you will have met most of our people at our vacation scheme-specific workshops, seminars and social events. You will be supported throughout your time with us, both by a partner mentor, an associate buddy and our graduate recruitment team.
You will be paid £500 per week.
Our training contract provides an environment where junior lawyers can excel and be challenged, in a supportive environment. You will sit in four different practice areas, with a mix of partners and associates.
We take your training seriously, and you will work alongside our partners and associates in small teams on real matters from day one. Our people work in small, nimble teams on high quality matters, so it is important that you are motivated, collaborative and able to pick things up quickly as you will receive a great breadth of work from the outset.
Willkie London has grown considerably over the past five years. With this in mind, we are looking for self-starters who want to contribute to a dynamic, growing workplace, and who have a genuine interest in Willkie and our clients.
We hold a retreat every two years for all European lawyers. In 2019, this was held in Portugal over several days.
We will ask those joining the firm from September 2024 onwards to complete the SQE. We are partnering with University of Law to deliver market-leading qualifications that we believe will prepare our future trainees for practice. Future trainees who have not studied law in the UK and Ireland will take the nine-month Postgraduate Diploma in Law, ensuring they have a solid academic foundation in law. All future trainees will then study the LLM Legal Practice, which incorporates preparation for SQE1 and 2, as well as the SQE Plus, an enhanced programmed designed to go beyond the standard SQE syllabus to ensure you can be confident in your ability to hit the ground running.
At Willkie, we believe everyone benefits from a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we are committed to maintaining such an environment by recruiting, retaining and promoting people of all backgrounds and cultural experiences.
Willkie is proud to partner with Rare Recruitment on two initiatives: Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System and Vantage. Partnering with Rare means social mobility measures and educational data are embedded into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand your academic achievements. Additionally, interviews are conducted on a CV blind basis.
In 2020, Willkie confirmed its support of the #10000BlackInterns initiative. The new initiative is aimed at helping transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid internships, alongside mentoring, training and development. We will welcome our first intern in 2022.
In London, we have an active LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, as well as the London Chapter of the Women’s Professional Development Committee (WPDC). The WPDC was established more than a decade ago to offer professional development programmes and guidance to ensure that Willkie provides a rewarding and empowering experience to women at the firm.
Our lawyers and business service staff are also members of Willkie’s firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, established approximately thirty years ago. In the past 18 months, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has continued to host its highly successful Diversity Speaker Series, with external speakers such as Nikesh Shukla, Dr Angela Neal-Barnett, Michelle Silverthorn, Dr Russell Jeung, Kylar Broadus and Dr Tyrone Howard, amongst others. Topics have included strategies for handling the impact of racism, trauma, stress, and anxiety; inclusion and anti-racism (including rules of equity, allyship and building an inclusive workplace); the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and violence; how to talk to your children about race and racism; and race and immigration in the UK.
Year one: £50,000
Year two: £55,000
Newly qualified: £130,000
For those who have accepted a training contract with us, we offer full sponsorship of both the SQE and/or GDL/LPC, which covers course fees in full and a maintenance grant.
Our benefits include: 25 days’ annual leave, Cycle to Work scheme, employee assistance programme for employees and their families, employer pension contribution, eye test, health & well-being allowance, income protection, interest-free season ticket loan, life assurance, private dental insurance, private medical insurance and technology programme.
Socially, in London the firm is very active, with monthly informal gatherings, Friday treats, a summer and a Christmas party, plus an annual ski trip (contributory). Additionally, we have regular fund-raising events with our annual charities (chosen by our staff), which includes bake offs, a pub quiz, Tour de Law and the Square Mile Run. We also hold regular in-office yoga and a weekly tennis group.
- Antitrust & competition
- Asset management
- Business reorganisation & insolvency
- Corporate insurance
- Finance & capital markets
- Investigations & enforcement
- Private equity
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Corporate & Commercial
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.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
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