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Please submit an online application form by 31 July 2020 to begin training in September 2022. 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.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Numeracy tests
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Telephone interview
- Written exercise
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 2020 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.
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.
- Wealth planning
- Corporate & commercial
- Contentious trust & succession group
- Property litigation
- Real estate
- Commercial litigation & arbitration
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
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.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£386,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||800 (2013)|
|Retention rate:||68% (2013)|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Padua. New York
- New Haven
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Rancho Santa Fe
- Los Angeles
- British Virgin Islands
- Hong Kong
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Lawyers’ Directory
- Black Solicitors' Network
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment