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Training contracts

Smart thinking

Our trainees, like our lawyers, are united by their focus, their commitment, and their spark. So, with a small intake of around 20-24 trainees per year, we’re looking for graduates with specific potential. We’re looking for the brightest minds of tomorrow, with the determination to help our clients lead the way in extraordinary fields. Whether you’re a Law or a non-Law student, if you have what we’re looking for, we’ll support you to reach your potential as a brilliant future lawyer.

Great training

Our training contracts are structured to give you the experience you need to blaze a new trail in your career. Over the course of the two-year contract, you’ll move through four six-month seats in different practice groups, including:

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Corporate, Commercial and Projects
  • Corporate Technology
  • Disputes and Investigations
  • Employment, Pensions and Mobility
  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance
  • Information Technology, Telecoms and Competition
  • Patents
  • Private Client, Tax and Incentives
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate, Environment and Planning
  • Restructuring and Corporate Recovery
  • IP and Media

All trainees take on a seat in either Corporate or Finance, and at least one seat must involve contentious experience. On the remaining two seats, you’ll be able to express your own preferences, so that over the course of the two years, you’ll find the areas that suit your growing expertise. We can also offer opportunities across our network of international offices, as well as client secondments that provide a keen insight into the industries of tomorrow.

Just as we partner start-ups to become the next leaders of industry, we support our trainees to become the next ground-breaking legal minds. So, your training doesn’t end with your training contract. We’ll keep helping you develop your career, with programmes like our Path to Partnership. Setting clear goals and advice on how to progress, we’ll help you move from Associate to Senior Associate; from Senior Counsel to Partner. Your future with us is as unlimited as your talent and determination, and we’ll support you to succeed.

What’s more, you’ll benefit from tailored coaching and personal development advice, as well as engaging in our Skills Training Programme. The programme offers more than 40 courses – on everything from client relationships to business development – and is designed to help you become a game-changing commercial lawyer.


If you’re looking for a career at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow, with clients spanning from the energy sector to the music industry, then it’s time to consider a training contract at Taylor Wessing.

Find out how to apply

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