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Graduate careers at Taylor Wessing

We’re a law firm for the game-changers; the smart thinkers; the ground-breakers. As a Top 20 law firm, we act as the legal advisors to the biggest names in revolutionary industries. We partner start-up clients as they change the way we see the world. And we support you, to be one of tomorrow’s brightest lawyers. We’re Taylor Wessing, and we’re trail-blazing. We think it’s time you joined us.

Trail blazing

At Taylor Wessing, we focus on the four core industries changing the face of tomorrow: Energy, Life Sciences, Private Wealth, and Technology, Media & Communications.

International in our reach, we have 1900 employees in 33 offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We work at the edge of tomorrow’s industries, and we do it across the globe, from London to Silicon Valley.

Our innovative, modern approach is what defines us. Our clients range from promising new start-ups to multinational leaders of industry, with a client base that includes 60% of the world’s top 50 brands. In every case, we provide specialised legal advice, backed by a finely-tuned commercial intelligence.

That’s the spark and commitment we need in our graduates. We look for the kind of intelligence that puts us ahead of the curve, so that we can work with clients at the peak of innovation. You’ll be a ground-breaker, a smart thinker and a trail-blazer - and we’ll support you to change the future of law.

How to apply

We are now open for 2019 training contract.

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Taylor Wessing looks for trail blazing graduates - smart thinkers and ground breakers, who'll become the top legal minds of tomorrow's biggest industries. That's why this isn't just any corporate video. We gave Go Pros to our Partners, Associates and Trainees, to show their spark and show you round, as only they can.

Join the lawyers ahead of the curve!

Taylor Wessing offers me the opportunity to develop myself through the diversity of cases and courses provided by the firm. In addition, Taylor Wessing is a full service law firm, which enables me to advise clients in all fields of the law together with my colleagues.

Lucy Bowler

Associate | London
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I studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at university so Taylor Wessing’s focus on the science and technology sectors was part of the reason I applied. I recently qualified into the Patents department. One of my most exciting projects so far has been running a legal advice clinic for a start-up accelerator. I worked closely with the team and liaised with experts across the firm to provide legal advice to a range of early-stage technology companies. At the end of the process I was invited to the start-up showcase in a huge cinema in Mile End. It was incredible to see companies that I’d worked with right at the beginning of their journey now attracting enormous interest from important investors. Seeing my name up in lights as a legal mentor was a brilliant feeling. Our cohort of trainees is really close, and there are plenty of social, sporting and volunteering opportunities. I’m on the committee for the Blackfriars Legal Advice Clinic, working with colleagues to give pro bono legal advice. We provide help to members of the community in areas like employment and housing law.

Before I even started at the firm, I was made to feel like a Taylor Wessing trainee. We were invited to social events while we were still studying, and the firm put real emphasis on us forming bonds with our fellow trainees. The relatively small trainee intake means that we quickly gain a lot of hands-on experience of high-calibre work with high-profile clients. In my first seat I was given a lot of responsibility on several matters. I also assisted on some international advisory work during my seat in Private Client. It was amazing seeing them appear in the legal and national press. One of my highlights so far has been leading an £11 million completion. I was obviously anxious to make sure it ran smoothly, but my supervisor was always on hand to help and always gave me brilliant support when I needed it. I remember feeling quite nervous, but now I look back on it as the best experience I’ve had here. It’s great knowing that I’ve really developed my skills and there’s a real sense of accomplishment when you’ve helped a client through a transaction or a court case.

I can honestly say that I enjoy coming into work and I’m proud to be part of Taylor Wessing. When I started I was less familiar with the firm than some of the other trainees because I hadn’t done a vacation scheme here, but I was made to feel welcome immediately. The Finance team was friendly and open, and the partner who was my supervisor was extremely helpful and supportive. I have been given a high level of responsibility from the outset of my training contract. I’m given the freedom to manage my own workload and I have plenty of direct contact with clients. I’m trusted to propose my own solutions, draft documents and push matters forward. In my second seat, as part of the Real Estate Finance team, I was given the opportunity to manage the lease assignment of a large office building to an American multi-national. I was given responsibility for dealing with the matter day to day, including drafting the documents, liaising with the agent and the client and negotiating the terms with solicitors on the other side. While I was supervised at all times, this provided me with a good insight into the type of work I would encounter post-qualification. There’s a very strong social culture in the firm too. I like to play sport and keep active, and there have been plenty of opportunities to do that while working here. Along with other members of the firm, I’ve taken part in marathons and triathlons, attended a Taylor Wessing golf day, and I play rugby with the firm’s rugby sevens team.

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