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Latham & Watkins

The Firm

Latham & Watkins has more than 2,600 fee earners in offices across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. Its non-hierarchical, consensus based management style and ‘one firm’ culture makes Latham & Watkins a unique place to work. Over 70% of the firm’s transactions involve five or more Latham offices and the collaborative atmosphere is strengthened by the firm’s diversity.

Described as a ‘Game Changer’ by the Financial Times’ 2015 report of the most innovative European law firms, Latham’s award-winning London office is home to over 350 lawyers and recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions, disputes, and regulatory matters.

Clients describe the firm’s lawyers as smart, commercial and pragmatic. Latham’s teams use their considerable experience, creativity and drive to get deals across the line and find resolutions to clients' most complex legal issues.

Types of work

The firm’s leading finance practice in London has earned an exceptional reputation in the market, regularly advising on all types of leveraged, acquisition and project finance work. Latham has market-leading experience in M&A, debt and equity financing, high yield, restructurings, recapitalisations, divestitures, data privacy and cyber security, and outsourcing. The firm offers comprehensive tax and environmental advice for complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes.

Latham’s highly regarded London disputes practice boasts renowned litigators who focus on complex cross-border disputes.

Between 2000 and 2017, Latham provided approximately 3.2 million pro bono hours in free legal services to underserved individuals and families and the nonprofit sector valued at approximately $1.5 billion.

Who should apply

The firm looks for outstanding people who have the potential to become exceptional lawyers. Initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, intellectual rigour and teamwork are some of the traits particularly valued at Latham.  Trainees who demonstrate their motivation and will excel in a first-class training experience and be rewarded with a brilliant career.  We look for all applicants to have achieved AAB at A-level and a 2.1 in their undergraduate degree.

Training programme

Latham offers a training contract with real responsibility combined with supervision from market leading lawyers. In addition to training organised by the learning and development team throughout the training contract, trainees also benefit from a core three week ‘trainee foundation’ designed to bridge the gap between law schools and practice. After induction trainees complete four, six month seats. Two of these will be in corporate and finance. Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a secondment on either their third or fourth seat.

In addition to training in each seat, trainees also benefit from a core three week induction. After induction trainees complete four, six-month seats. Two of these will be in corporate and finance. Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a secondment in either their third or fourth seat.

The firm recruits trainees with a view to retaining them upon qualification and average retention over the last five years has been 95%.

Work placements

Vacation Schemes:

Our vacation schemes are an exciting opportunity not only for us to get to know you, but also for you to get to know us. During the course of two weeks, you will sit in two practice areas. You can expect to be involved in client calls, court visits, Q&As and training, as well as group work and social events. You will also have the opportunity to interview for our training contract.

Open Day:

We have designed our open days to give you an insight into life at a commercial law firm and the culture at Latham. Please see our website for more details on opportunities and deadlines.

- First and second year students: February/March 2019

When and how to apply

Please visit our website for details of how to apply online and further information about our requirements. Our 2019 vacation scheme application will be available from October 2018 - 6 January 2019.  Our application form for 2021 training contracts will be open from 1 April 2019 – 14 July 2019. Please note that we do not review applications or interview on a rolling basis.



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