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|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
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Application details and method of selection
First interview with recruitment executive
Vacation scheme or open day incorporating individual written exercises and group exercises
Panel partner interview
Firm description and career prospects
The firm has a long established pedigree and is particularly recognised for its specialist practices.
Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. We are a full service law firm... we know, all law firms say that!
But for us it means more than just the full range of legal disciplines (which we've got by the way). Of equal importance is a focus on delivering a great client experience. That means listening to our clients, making sure we do things the way they like, and only recruiting people who share this vision.
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.
Under certain conditions the firm provides financial assistance for course fees to trainees attending the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or in exceptional circumstances studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Our summer vacation scheme runs every year for two weeks starting early July.
Students will get a comprehensive introduction to the firm's work, and will be fully involved in the work of two of our departments. The scheme is an excellent way to get to know us and our work – and a good way for the firm to get to know you too. For more information, please visit our website.
Training contract programme
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.
Real estate, parliamentary, planning, social housing, corporate and commercial, property litigation, commercial litigation, construction, employment, ecclesiastical and education, residential development sales, family, private client, tax, commercial real estate and licensing.
Type of practice
London, Oxford, Manchester
Diversity access schemes
Black Solicitors' Network, Bright Network, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme