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To apply for a 2023 training contract you must apply online for either our vacation scheme or our open day. Both are held in July 2021.
To review our applications we use blind screening and contextualised recruitment.
First interview with recruitment manager
Vacation scheme or open 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
- 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.
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.
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.
The firm provides financial assistance for course fees to trainees attending the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
- 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 which concern relationships between people and government.
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.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Construction & engineering
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 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.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
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
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
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:||350 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||75% (2020)|
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