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To secure a training contract you should first apply for our summer vacation scheme, for which we will be accepting applications from 1 November 2023 to 31 January 2024. Your CV should be sent to [email protected].
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Method of assessment
- Partner interview
For more than 160 years, Winston & Strawn LLP has served as a trusted adviser and advocate for clients across virtually every industry. In that time, the firm has built a law practice with tremendous breadth and global reach. We are proud of the many accolades we have received over the years – a tribute to our lawyers’ creativity, flexibility, depth of experience, and commitment.
Winston’s London office serves high-profile, multinational clients on a distinctly international level. The London office provides high-quality legal services in a diverse range of practice areas including cross-border M&A and finance, project and transportation finance, private equity and venture capital, tax, litigation, international arbitration, contentious regulatory, privacy and data security, and EU antitrust/competition services across a range of industries including automotive, aviation, electric power and utilities, financial services and banking, food and beverage, health care, insurance, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, professional services, real estate, retail and consumer products, sports, and technology and telecommunications.
Winston has more than 1,000 attorneys across 16 offices. When it comes to our employees, our goal is to maximise individual potential with professional development opportunities, to emphasise the firm’s culture, and to support our attorneys in contributing positively to the community through a wide range of pro bono projects and corporate social responsibility activities. We see our trainee solicitors as future partners of the firm and support our employees throughout their careers.
We offer a two week-long summer placement (normally in July of each year) during which you will undertake interesting projects, get involved with real client work, have opportunities to learn more about each of our practice areas and get involved with firm life. Our summer placement students are supervised by an associate or partner.
Our 2021 vacation placement student and future trainee gave the following feedback:
"The vacation scheme at Winston was a very valuable experience and clearly demonstrated that the firm is one that wants you to succeed".
Our trainee solicitors are asked to carry out real legal work from day one, interact directly with clients, and contribute to all aspects of firm life. Trainees have our full attention and support throughout their training contract and sit with a partner or a senior associate for each of the five seats.
Full sponsorship of SQE1 and 2.
Full sponsorship of GDL and LPC fees, plus a maintenance grant (not retrospective).
- Dispute resolution
- General Commercial
- Corporate & Commercial
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.
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.
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.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
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.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.