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To apply for a 2025 training contract you must apply online for our assessment days.
Both are held in July 2023.
To review our applications we use blind screening and contextualised recruitment.
First interview with recruitment manager.
Assessment day incorporating individual written exercises and group exercises.
Panel partner interview.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Telephone interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
The firm has a long established pedigree and is particularly recognised for its specialist practices.
Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients.
In the last year alone we have:
- worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion
- advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings
- advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy
- as if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major housing associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion.
However, it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.
Main areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: We advise on corporate, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and JVs, commercial arrangements, outsourcing and procurement, corporate finance and capital markets, funds and IP, IT contracts and data protection.
Employment and partnership: We provide contentious and non contentious advice covering financial, insurance, retail, hotel, media, publishing, real estate and educational establishments. We also advise senior executives and on partnership disputes, as well as specialist non-contentious partnership advice.
Infrastructure projects: We specialise in private legislation promoting projects of major strategic importance. We also advise central and local government bodies, developers and operators on infrastructure planning, development, construction, procurement, structuring and finance.
Not for profit: We advise a large number of educational and affordable housing operators, charitable and religious organisations and cultural and leisure services providers, delivering a full range of legal expertise.
Private wealth and tax: We advise high net worth individuals, families, senior executives, private trustees and executors on a full range of private legal matters, including complex residential property solutions, tax and succession issues, pre-marital advice, divorce and family.
Real estate and planning: We work for many of the leading national residential and commercial developers, national house builders, investors and fund managers. This includes commercial real estate and regeneration, planning, development, corporate finance, funds, tax, construction, asset management and property litigation capability.
We require a strong academic record both at school and university. We also look for other attributes such as drive and determination, enthusiasm and resilience, team-working skills, commercial awareness, excellent communication skills and an analytical and logical approach.
We are not holding a vacation scheme this year.
Trainees will be placed in four departments in six-month placements. We encourage early responsibility and substantial client interaction. You will usually sit with a partner or associate and may be given the opportunity to manage your own files, subject to suitable supervision.
We have a well developed in-house training and development programme which draws upon the expertise of partners, associates and guest professionals. As well as legal training, we also provide business skills training such as presentation skills, project management, networking and client development.
We have now moved to the SQE route but still accept applications from those who have already started or completed their GDL and LPC.
We suppport the Aspiring Solicitors Foundation and we work closely with Aspiring Solicitors.
We also work with upReach and provide work experience for the Sutton Trust's Pathways to Law programme.
We are ranked on the Social Mobililty Foundation's Employer Index.
The firm sponsors SQE courses with tailored content at The University of Law.
We also pay for the SQE1 and SQE2 exams.
- Real estate
- Social housing
- Corporate & commercial
- Property litigation
- Commercial litigation
- Ecclesiastical & education
- Private client
- Commercial real estate & licensing
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
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.
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
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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 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 Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
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.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
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.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
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:||£359,877 (2015)|
|Training contract applications:||200 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||75% (2022)|
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Bright Network
- Diversity Access Scheme - Law Society
- Pathways to Law
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust