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Graduate roles in international commercial law

Contract Type
Fixed Term
Graduate, Legal
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Holman Fenwick Willan is an international law firm with a presence in 18 locations worldwide and a market- leading reputation for advising businesses in all aspects of international commerce.

Job Description

Job Summary:

Our legal work spans across core sectors including aviation, construction, commodities, energy, mining, insurance and shipping. We offer our trainees a dynamic, international training contract with high quality work, genuine responsibility, and opportunities to spend at least one seat working abroad on secondment.

We are currently recruiting for the following graduate opportunities:

1. Vacation scheme placements in 2017. Please apply by 14 February 2017.

2. Training contracts starting in September 2019 and March 2020. Please apply by 31 July 2017.

For more information on our vacation schemes and training contracts and how to apply visit our dedicated graduate recruitment website:


A Global career at Holman Fenwick Willan:

We offer our trainees an environment where they will be working alongside some of the most respected and talented lawyers in their field, embracing opportunities that include international seats and client secondments. All of our trainees complete one of their seats in one of our international offices, learning about the global aspect of our work. Working abroad also provides our trainees with the opportunity to meet and work alongside our international clients. Recently, trainees have completed seats in Geneva, Piraeus, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne and Perth.

We recruit 15 trainees each year, split across a September and March intake. Our recruitment process consists of an online application, an assessment centre at our London office, the vacation scheme (if applied for) and a final round interview with two partners.


What we look for:

We look for trainees with sharp minds, common sense, enthusiasm and ingenuity. We look for team players who work hard and are client-focused. We are an international business so our trainees have a global perspective and an interest in completing cross-border work. We accept applications from all disciplines and backgrounds, from law and non-law students and from students and experienced graduates alike.

Each year we recruit approximately 50% law and 50% non-law students. We recruit penultimate year law students (and beyond) and final year non-law students (and beyond). Recent trainees have studied subjects as diverse as music and engineering or, following graduation, have worked in areas as varied as the Lloyd’s market, retail, music and banking. We welcome people who are becoming lawyers as a second career.

Our vacation schemes are an integral part of our recruitment process for future trainees, and we consider all of our vacation scheme participants for a training contract. Vacation schemes are a great opportunity to gain hands-on, quality legal experience.  

Throughout our recruitment process we assess candidates on a "CV blind" basis. This is to help us to ensure that individuals are selected on merit alone, and details such as the name of the school/university that you attended do not form part of our selection criteria. We are also proud to be using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System which helps us to better understand our applicants' achievements in a wider context, and we work with a number of organisations who share our passion for diversity, including Aspiring Solicitors. We have a Global Diversity Statement which encapsulates our commitment to attract, retain and develop the highest calibre employees, and to promote a working environment in which everyone can reach their full potential.