Dechert is a global specialist law firm. Focused on sectors with the greatest complexities, legal intricacies and highest regulatory demands, we excel in delivering practical commercial judgment and deep legal expertise for high-stakes matters. In an increasingly challenging environment, clients look to us to serve them in ways that are faster, sharper and leaner without compromising excellence. We are relentless in serving our clients – delivering the best of the firm to them with entrepreneurial energy and seamless collaboration in a way that is distinctively Dechert.
Our lawyers in London are active in all Dechert’s core practice areas of corporate and securities, financial services and investment management, finance and real estate, white collar defence, international arbitration, complex commercial litigation and intellectual property, as well as employment, international trade and EU government affairs, EU and UK competition and tax. Our clients include major corporates, international banks, investment funds, private equity houses and leading players in sectors including energy and natural resources, life sciences, manufacturing, media, real estate, retail and insurance sectors. In addition to domestic and international transactions, our lawyers regularly advise on deals in the emerging markets, in particular central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
A training contract with Dechert enables you to launch your career working on some of the most exciting national and international legal matters across a wide range of practice areas, in an environment where people know your name and treat you as an individual. We can help you tailor your training contract ─ whether you're enjoying a seat and want to repeat it to get to know that practice area better, or whether you want to get the broadest possible experience across a range of practice areas.
Our six-seat system means that no two trainees have the same experience. We offer seats in Corporate and Securities, Litigation (including International Dispute Resolution, White Collar and Securities and Employment), Finance, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Tax. We also offer both International and client secondments.
We recruit around 12 trainee solicitors each year. Our trainees start work in September. We have recruited and continue to recruit excellent trainees from all academic backgrounds. Thirty percent of our current trainees are non-law graduates.
Internships & Placements
Our summer vacation scheme is designed to give you an idea of what it will be like to work here as you are allocated a supervisor in a practice area and you are given ‘real work’ to do by lawyers. We ask you before you start the scheme whether you have an interest in particular practice areas and then try to place you in those areas. You can spend time in corporate & securities, financial services, employment, finance and real estate, intellectual property or dispute resolution.
Exactly what you will do will depend on which practice area(s) you sit in but it will probably include research, drafting and attending meetings. You will also attend training and briefing sessions.
Sports and social events are an important part of the summer vacation scheme as they enable you to get to know each other and our people better. We organise social events for you including drinks events and dinners.
The deadline for applying to attend our Summer 2015 Vacation Scheme has now passed. Information on how to apply for a Vacation Scheme in 2016 will be available on this site from October 2015.
We hold two Insight Days each year which consist of a mix of sessions covering an overview of Dechert and our practice areas, a case study, a written exercise and the opportunity to meet and "interview" our current trainees.
We hold Insight Days primarily for final year non-law undergraduates and first year law undergraduates.
Details of our Insight Days in 2016 will be available on our website from November 2015 onwards.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Future trainees' GDL and LPC course fees are paid in full, plus they receive a maintenance grant of £10,000 during both years. Trainee solicitor salaries are £44,000 per annum for first years and £46,000 per annum for second years. Other benefits include free permanent life assurance, an Employee Assistance Programme, subsidised gym membership, subsidised staff café and interest-free season-ticket loans. You have the option to join the company pension scheme and private health insurance scheme once you become a second year trainee. Holiday entitlement is 25 days per annum.
Our recruits almost invariably have exceptional academic grades, generally at least AAB (or equivalent) in their A-levels (or equivalent), and undergraduate grades at 2.1 or 1st level. However, our recruits need a wide range of skills to rise to the challenge of the complex work that we do for our clients so we also look for, a genuine interest in business, a high level of commitment, personality and ambition.
Individuals who have accepted a Training Contract at the firm should study the LPC at The University of Law, Moorgate. The electives to be chosen for LPC study should reflect the general work focus at the firm and three such electives should be chosen from, Commercial Litigation, Advanced Property, Acquisitions and Group Structures, Debt Finance, Equity Finance.
How To Apply
Training Contract 2018
Applications for Training Contracts commencing in September 2018 will be accepted until 30 June 2016.
For more information on the selection process for all of the above opportunities, please visit our careers website www.careers.dechert.com