Weil, Gotshal & Manges
With approximately 1,100 lawyers in 17 offices across the US, Europe and Asia, 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.
Weil's strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The firm's people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm's culture.
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
The majority of the firm's work involves multidisciplinary teams across the specialist fields of competition, corporate governance and compliance, employment, intellectual property, management incentives, pensions, real estate, tax and technology, leveraging the expertise of its full service capabilities for its clients.
Why we're different
- We operate at the very top of the market in our chosen areas of expertise, and our international network combines a top tier US practice with market-leading European and Asian offices. This gives you the opportunity to engage in international work at the very highest level
- Over 95% of our lawyers in London are English-qualified and around 80% of our work is home-grown. Our size, together with our full-service, multi-jurisdictional offering, enables us to remain nimble and flexible
- Our people celebrate diversity, inclusion and individuality
A number of opportunities exist for aspiring lawyers at Weil, and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and degree disciplines, whatever stage you are at. We run the following schemes:
- First Year Fast Track Scheme
- Brand Ambassador
- Vacation Schemes
- Training Contracts
- PRIME Work Experience
Mentoring & Support
As you grow and progress in your role at Weil, we will ensure that you receive extensive support and mentoring to help you develop and achieve your potential.
All future trainees undertaking the LPC participate in our trainee mentoring programme. For the duration of the LPC, each future trainee is partnered with a trainee mentor, to provide them with support throughout their studies and exams, and to smooth the way from studying to training. This relationship often continues informally when the trainee completes the LPC and joins the firm.
Upon joining the firm, each trainee is allocated a Trainee Responsible Partner (TRP). The partner remains their TRP for the full two years of training and is there to provide objective mentoring and advice, as well as to help the trainee raise their profile within the office.
A structured performance review system is also in place, which ensures each trainee is given detailed feedback on their performance every three months. The quarterly appraisals help to both formally recognize achievements, as well as identify areas for improvement.
Upon qualification, each Associate receives an Associate Development Partner, whose role is to assist with career progression.
In addition to the formal support programme, and the informal support of your colleagues and the graduate recruitment team, all staff members are offered the opportunity to participate in Weil's firm-wide mentoring programme.
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