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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.

Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The Firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.

Main areas of work

Weil provides clients with legal expertise at the highest level across its key practices of private equity, corporate/M&A, funds, banking and finance, structured finance, restructuring and dispute resolution, and has been involved in some of the most significant, high-profile and prestigious mandates across all its legal specialisms.

Trainee Profile

Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels.

Weil is looking for business minded high achievers with confidence and self-belief. Individuals that will always push themselves to keep developing and improving and who can work effectively in a team.

Entry requirements are AAB at A Level or (or equivalent), excluding General Studies, and a 2.1 at degree level.

Training environment

Weil offers a comprehensive and sophisticated training programme with direct input from leading partners alongside a tailor made approach to mentoring, career progression and development for each lawyer. Working in close knit partner-led teams provides much greater responsibility and early exposure to the Firm’s global network of clients and contacts.


As the first U.S.-based law firm to implement a firm-wide diversity training programme and formal diversity policy in 1984, we have built a solid reputation as a firm dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and support a number of social mobility and diversity initiatives globally. Our commitment to this in London sees us work with external organisations such Pathways to Law, PRIME, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London, Stonewall (including featuring in Stonewall’s Top 20 LGBT inclusive law firms for 2015), Teach First and Warwick Multi-Cultural Society. We actively encourage our employees at all levels across the office to act as positive role models for young people through a range of literacy and mentoring schemes.

Pro Bono

We have built a leading global pro bono practice to reflect our belief that equal access to justice is the foundation to building a fair and just society. The London office actively embodies Weil’s firm-wide culture of giving back to our local communities by encouraging partners and employees to donate their time, energy, skills and expertise to pro bono and CSR projects.

We offer all employees the same access to volunteering opportunities. Each year, everyone is entitled to the equivalent of two days a year to participate in volunteering activities such as being a charity trustee, a school governor, developing employability skills in young people or working with grass-roots community organisations though Benefacto. . Additionally, each lawyer is expected to perform 50 pro bono hours each year. In 2015, the London office devoted over 8,600 hours to pro bono work, at an average of 57 hours per lawyer.  We suppor local law clinics, social enterprises and leading charities and NGOs including  Barnardo’s, Doctors of the World, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, Oxfam, Plan International, Reprieve, Royal London Society of Blind People,, Scope and Stonewall.

When and how to apply

Applications for our First Year Fast Track scheme can be made from 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017.  

Applications for our vacation scheme can be made from 1 October 2016 –13 January 2017. Our training contract application process begins on 1 January 2017, with a closing date of 31 July 2017. All applications should be made by visiting our website. We suggest that you apply early, as we make our decisions on a rolling basis.

Work placements

We have up to 10 places available on our Fiirst Year Fast Track scheme and up to 10 places on each of our two-week paid vacation schemes which take place during the spring and summer each year. Students will work alongside some of our most experienced lawyers in two different practice areas and make contributions to live matters, undertaking similar work to our trainees.


We offer full sponsorship of the GDL and LPC and provide you with a maintenance grant of £8,000.


Private health cover; permanent health insurance; life assurance; pension (the firm will contribute to the Group Personal Pension Plan at the rate of 5% of basic salary); birthday holiday; health screening; 23 days’ holiday, with holiday entitlement increasing by one year after each year of service, up to 28 days; £500 annual wellbeing allowance; two annual volunteering days; and an annual eye test with £50 towards glasses.

  • 1st year - £46,000
  • 2nd year - £50,000
  • NQ salary £100,000

First Year Fast Track Scheme

The best way to gain an insight into the legal profession and to understand the work of an elite international law firm is to secure a place on Weil’s First Year Fast Track Scheme.
This one-week placement will see you sharing an office with an associate, who will act as your supervisor, and undertaking work similar to that of a trainee associate. You will be supported throughout your placement and will be given a real insight into life at Weil.
Perform well on the scheme and you will be automatically “fast tracked” to one of Weil’s 2018 vacation schemes, where you will have the opportunity to interview for a 2020 Training Contract.



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