From autumn 2020, we are recruiting trainee solicitors for the first time. We are looking for those who can start their training contract in September 2021, 2022 or 2023. We recruit our future trainee solicitors from our spring and summer vacation schemes only.
Our training contract provides an environment where junior lawyers can excel and be challenged, in a supportive environment. You will sit in four different practice areas, with a mix of partners and associates. You will spend six months in Litigation, Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement and six months in Private Equity.
In addition to the full programme of formal training, you will work alongside our partners and associates in small teams on real matters from day one. Our people work in small, nimble teams on high-quality matters, so it is important that you are motivated, collaborative and able to pick things up quickly as you will receive a great breadth of work from the outset.
Salary and benefits
Our trainees will be paid £50,000 in their first year and £55,000 in the second year. Our qualification salary is £120,000 per annum. We offer a full suite of benefits.
From autumn 2020, we are recruiting trainee solicitors for the first time, via our vacation schemes. In 2021, we will have up to 15 people in total on our spring and summer vacation schemes.
During your two-week scheme, you will sit in two different teams, with a partner and an associate, and gain hands-on experience, giving you the opportunity to undertake real, meaningful work and showcase your potential. We hope that by the end of the two weeks, you will have met most of our people at our vacation scheme-specific workshops, seminars and social events. You will be supported throughout your time with us, by a partner mentor, an associate buddy and our graduate recruitment team, and will be paid £500 per week.
Our vacation schemes will be held from 12 to 23 April and 21 June to 2 July 2021. We offer places on both schemes to penultimate year Law undergraduates, all final year undergraduates (both Law and non-Law), all graduates, post-graduates and career changers.
We recruit our trainee solicitors via our vacation schemes only. Applications are open from 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021, and we recruit on a rolling basis.
Successful applications will be invited to a video interview and, if successful at this stage, will be invited to a half-day assessment centre, consisting of a written exercise and an interview. Our interviews are conducted on a CV-blind basis.
We welcome applicants from all universities and degree disciplines. We are looking for consistently strong academic achievement, with a 2.1 at undergraduate level. Willkie is proud to use Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System. Partnering with Rare means social mobility measures and educational data are embedded into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand your academic achievements.
Our people work in small, nimble teams on high quality matters, so it is important that you are motivated, collaborative and able to pick things up quickly as you will receive a great breadth of work from the outset. Willkie London has grown considerably over the past five years, and over 58% from 2017 alone. With this in mind, we are looking for self-starters who want to contribute to a dynamic, growing workplace, and who have a genuine interest in Willkie and our clients.
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Should you have any further questions, please contact Gemma Baker, Graduate Recruitment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.