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Application details and method of selection
Please submit an online application form by 31 July 2019 to begin training in September 2021. Successful applicants will be asked to take part in the two stage interview process.
You will be required to complete online verbal and numerical reasoning assessments before coming in to interview. Then on the day of interview, a 50 minute written test.
Your first interview will be 60 minutes talking to a partner and member of the HR team.
If you do well at interview and in the assessments, you’ll be invited back to the second stage of the process.
Your second interview is with two other partners and will include a 10 minute presentation – you’ll be given options to choose from but this is usually on current affairs.
There will then be a group exercise, and psychometric assessment. If you can speak a foreign language fluently, we might also get you to talk to someone at the firm who speaks that language as languages are so useful for our clients.
Firm description and career prospects
Withers has been acting for successful individuals, families and institutions for over 100 years. We advise clients on their business and personal legal needs around the world. We are the largest law firm in the world dedicated to the needs of successful people, their families, their businesses and their philanthropic work. Our mission is to offer a truly integrated legal service to people with sophisticated global wealth, management and business needs. With more than 1,000 people across 16 offices, we offer a truly inclusive environment where 50% of partners are female and a third trained with the firm.
With offices in Europe, Asia, the United States, Australia and the Caribbean we provide coverage that other law firms in this area cannot. In this fast moving and increasingly regulated world the need for integrated advice has never been more important and we continually look for opportunities to ensure we work in the same locations as our clients and their wealth. The wealth of today's private client has increased in multiples and many are institutions in their own right, Withers has been able to respond to these changing legal needs and offers integrated solutions to the international legal and tax needs of its clients. Our expertise lies in commercial and tax law, trusts, estate planning, litigation, art law, IP, reputation management, sports, charities, employment, family law and other legal issues facing high net worth individuals.
We have represented 51% of The Sunday Times Rich List, 25% of the Forbes World's Billionaires List in the US whilst in Asia we act for 30% of the top 20 Hong Kong billionaires of the Forbes World's Billionaires List.
Some of our awards include;
Legal Week Best Employer 2017, General Chambers UK 2017 top firm, 2017 Legal 500 EMEA Top Tier, 2017 Legal 500 UK: Leading Individual, 2017 Legal 500 UK: Next Generation Lawyer, 2017 Legal 500 UK: Recommended Lawyer, 2017 STEP Young Practitioner, Chambers Charities 2017.
Full fees for GDL and LPC and a maintenance grant of £5,000 per course.
The best way to get a feel for the firm and the type of work we do is to come and work with us for two weeks on one of our vacation schemes. We have 18 places in total and offer three dates for our two-week vacation scheme in our London office. We are currently recruiting for the 2019 vacation scheme .
We are proud of our vacation scheme as it offers a real insight into what it is like to work for a City law firm and most importantly you will gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work for Withers by experiencing some of our core practice areas. Candidates on the vacation scheme receive £350 per week and benefit from free meals and snacks in the firm’s café.
Interviews for the vacation schemes take place in February and March in the London office. The interview consists of a 40 minute interview with a partner with a 50 minute written assessment and online verbal and numerical reasoning tests beforehand. Candidates who speak a foreign language fluently may be asked to demonstrate this skill at interview
To find out what it's like to undertake a Vacation Scheme at Withers LLP read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.
Training contract programme
Trainees spend six months in four different departments. Working in a team with a partner and an associate provides autonomy, responsibility and fast development. Buddy and mentor systems as well as on the job training ensure trainees are fully supported from the outset.
Our trainees were recently asked how their training is different from their friends’ training in other firms. The level of responsibility and autonomy they are given was the most common response. We have a strong team ethos and trainees are seen as an integral part of the teams in which they work.
Our culture and working environment creates a great learning environment in which to be a trainee. So, you may be interested to read about the external recognition we have received in this area; appearing for five years in a row in the Sunday Times top 100 best employers listing, consistently been in the top five for the highest percentage of female partners in a London law firm and have fared well in the top London firms in the annual Legal Week survey of associates satisfaction for many years.
Bonus, 23 days holiday, interest-free season ticket loan, private medical insurance, pension, life assurance, social events and subsidised canteen.
Family, wealth planning, corporate and commercial, charities, employment, contentious trust and succession group, IP, property litigation, real estate and commercial litigation and arbitration.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice, Niche
London, Geneva, Milan, Padua. New York, New Haven, Greenwich, San Francisco, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Los Angeles, British Virgin Islands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo
Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Rare Recruitment, Stonewall