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About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has more than 2,700 lawyers in offices across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. Our 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.

Our award-winning London office is home to more than 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

Our firm’s leading finance practice in London has earned an exceptional reputation in the market, regularly advising clients on all types of leveraged, acquisition and project finance work. 

We also have unrivalled experience in M&A, debt and equity financing, high yield, restructurings, recapitalisations, divestitures, data privacy and cyber security, outsourcing, regulatory and fintech.

Our highly regarded London disputes practice boasts renowned litigators who focus on complex cross-border disputes, international and domestic litigation, civil fraud, banking litigation, international arbitration, public international law, export controls, as well as sanctions and crisis management. 

We have a long history of providing pro-bono work for those in need and between 2000 -2018 our lawyers donated time worth $1.6 billion to pro-bono matters worldwide. 

Who should apply

We look 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

We look 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 ability to excel will thrive in a first-class training environment and be rewarded with a brilliant career. 

Latham offers a training contract with real responsibility combined with supervision from market leading lawyers. In addition to our sophisticated training programme, offered throughout the training contract, trainees also benefit from a core 3 week ‘trainee foundation’ designed to bridge the gap between law schools and practice. 

You will also have the opportunity to apply for a client or international secondment in either your third or fourth seat. 
The firm recruits trainees with a view to retaining them and in 2019 had a retention rate of 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. We have three vacation schemes - Winter, Spring and Summer. During the course of two weeks (one for our Winter Vacation Scheme), 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 2020

When and how to apply

Please visit our website for details of how to apply online and further information about our requirements. Our 2019/2020 vacation scheme applications will be available from end of September 2019 - 5 January 2020. Our application form for 2022 training contracts will be open from 1 April 2020 – 13 July 2020. Please note that we do not review applications or interview on a rolling basis.

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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
London
Employer size: 
501 to 1000 employees
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
24

The UK 300 rank

217 out of 300

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