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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

8 vacancies
16 trainees
73 partners
380 staff

Winckworth Sherwood is a full-service mid-size city firm with some niche practice areas such as parliamentary and ecclesiastical. We are based in London Bridge.

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More info

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.

Online application form.

First interview with recruitment manager.

Assessment day incorporating individual written exercises and group exercises.

Panel partner interview.


Applications to

Miss Joanna Clark

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • 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.


Trainee profile

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
  • Parliamentary
  • Planning
  • Social housing
  • Corporate & commercial
  • Property litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Ecclesiastical & education
  • Family
  • Private client
  • Tax
  • Commercial real estate & licensing
  • Construction
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB
Phone: 020 7593 5000
Email: [email protected]
Web: traineehub.wslaw.co.uk
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £38,000
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
Turnover: £33,508,372 (2015)
Profit per partner: £359,877 (2015)
Training contract applications: 200 (2022)
Retention rate: 75% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 50.0% male (2022)
  • 50.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 33.3% male (2022)
  • 66.7% female
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Manchester
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Bright Network
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Pathways to Law
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Sutton Trust
  • upReach Law Springboard