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Taylor Wessing

About the firm

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, standing at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow. Acting as legal advisors to well-known clients in progressive and cutting-edge sectors, we’re a firm for the ground breakers, the smart thinkers and the trail blazers. Our spark, focus and lateral thinking make us exceptional legal advisors, helping our clients to succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

Our focus on the industries of tomorrow - technology, media and communications, life sciences, private wealth and energy - means that alongside law students, we also recruit a wide range of students who have studied non-law degrees. Our clients include private and public companies, financial institutions, professional service firms, public sector bodies of both large and medium size and wealthy individuals. Our international presence is also something that we strive to protect as we continue to strengthen our brand globally. Combining a pan-European network with a strong presence in the Middle East, India, China and North America, we are the leading firm for inward investment from North America and experts in IP protection and enforcement rights across the globe. That’s why we advise half of the world’s top 100 brands.

Types of work

Taylor Wessing offers industry-focused advice and in-depth sector experience gained by bringing together internationally-focused lawyers from diverse legal backgrounds including: banking and finance; capital markets; copyright and media law; corporate; commercial agreements; construction and engineering; employment and pensions; EU competition, IT and telecoms; litigation and dispute resolution; patents; planning and environment; private client; projects; real estate; restructuring and corporate recovery; tax; trade marks and designs.

Who should apply

We look for team players with a minimum of ABB grades at A level and a 2.1 degree in any discipline. You’ll need to be confident and enthusiastic with the communication skills to build vibrant relationships with our clients. You’ll have the energy, ambition and creativity to take early responsibility and have a real impact on our business and our clients’ business. You’ll also be committed to a career in law, with a genuine passion to learn and explore new boundaries.

Training programme

Our award winning training (we won LawCareers.Net Best Trainer - Large City Firm 2014) combines our in-house Professional Skills Course with six-month seats in four different practice groups, including one contentious seat and one in our corporate or finance areas. Our programme is recognised for the extent of partner contact available to trainees, and you'll work closely with associates on high-quality work from the outset. Frequent client contact and secondment opportunities to their offices are also offered and regular support and feedback every step of the way will ensure that your career is aligned to the growth and needs of the firm and our clients.

We won ‘Top Companies for Graduates to Work for in Law 2016 -17 (small intake)' from the The JobCrowd.

Taylor Wessing now sponsors their trainees to be enrolled in Masters in Legal Practice with Business (MA LPC with Business) to focus on the development of their wider commercial skills.

When and how to apply

All candidates need to apply via our online application form using the 'visit our careers site' button below. The deadline for our vacation schemes is 30 January 2016 and 30 April 2016 for training contract applications.

Vacation schemes

Our vacation schemes are designed for you to experience life as a trainee solicitor in a fast-paced and innovative City law firm. You’ll spend two weeks in two different practice groups gaining first-hand experience under the supervision of associates and partners.

Places: 40

Duration: 2 weeks

Remuneration: £275 per week

Closing date for applications: 30 January 2016

Probono initiatives

Blackfriars Settlement, Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre, Founding firm of Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts

Diversity access schemes

PRIME, Social Mobility Foundation, Future First

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