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Training Contract 2020

Contract Type
Graduate Opportunities
Expiry Date
Training Contract 2020

Job Description

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 45% 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.

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.

Seat options

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

Work areas

  • Agriculture & rural issues
  • Aviation/aerospace
  • Banking & finance
  • Charities
  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial property/real estate
  • Company & commercial
  • Competition & EU law
  • Construction & engineering
  • Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
  • Corporate tax
  • Defamation/reputation management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment, pensions & incentives
  • ·Environment
  • Family/matrimonial
  • ·Financial services
  • Fraud
  • Housing/landlord & tenant
  • Immigration
  • nsolvency/restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • Media & entertainment
  •  Private client
  • Shipping & trade
  • Sports
  •  Technology, media & telecommunications


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


Probono initiatives

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

Please submit an online application form by 31 July 2018 to begin training in September 2020. Successful applicants will be asked to take part in the two stage interview process.