With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver the coordinated legal advice necessary to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The Firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.
Weil provides clients with legal expertise at the highest level across its key practices of private equity, corporate/M&A, funds, banking and finance, structured finance, restructuring and dispute resolution, and has been involved in some of the most significant, high-profile and prestigious mandates across all its legal specialisms.
Weil offers a comprehensive and sophisticated training programme with direct input from leading partners alongside a tailor made approach to mentoring, career progression and development for each lawyer. Working in close knit partner-led teams provides much greater responsibility and early exposure to the Firm’s global network of clients and contacts.
Training contracts at Weil are designed to allow you to maximise your potential as quickly as possible. As part of a relatively small intake, we can see where you are excelling and where you need support and encouragement, which enables us to guide you accordingly. Our aim is to see you develop by constantly exposing you, in a supportive environment, to the very highest quality work. In one of the best training programmes in the City, you’ll get plenty of personal attention combined with early responsibility.
Applications open on 1 January 2018. The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2018. Interviews will take place at the London office in July and August 2018.
Before you start
Depending on whether or not you have studied a law degree, you may be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Internships & Placements
Each year Weil offer up to 30 places on their summer and spring vacation schemes. Each scheme lasts for two weeks.
Students spend each week in a different department, sharing an office with qualified lawyers.
The scheme gives hands-on experience of two different practice areas, where candidates work alongside some of Weil’s most senior lawyers carrying out similar tasks to Trainee Associates . To help students get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops to attend on top of the day-to-day work.
Students will be mentored and supported throughout the two weeks, and their supervisor will always be there to provide constructive feedback and answer questions. Weil also organise a number of social events, so students can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting.
Weil’s vacation schemes are open to all university students except first-year undergraduates.
Weil do offer a first-year programme, please see their list of jobs for more information on their Fast Track Scheme and Brand Rep Roles.
Weil do not currently offer apprenticeships. Please head over to their Training Contract and Vacation Scheme positions for more details on the type of roles they have.
School Leaver Programmes
Weil currently do not offer a sponsored degree programme.
Salary & Benefits
Weil believe in rewarding every member of the team and as such their pay and beneﬁts package is one of the best in the City.
GDL and LPC fees are covered by the firm and trainees also receive an annual grant of £8,000 for each course. Trainees start on a salary of £46,000 which increases to £50,000 in the second year. Trainee Associates are also eligible to receive a performance-based annual bonus and on qualification, can expect a starting salary of £115,000.
The firm offers a benefits package comprised of core and flexible benefits, the latter can be purchased by employees if they wish to do so. The core benefits include 23-day annual vacation which increases by one day with additional year of employment; one-day holiday on the employee’s birthday; 5% non-contributory pension; life assurance; permanent health cover; health screening; and private medical insurance.
Optional benefits which can be purchased include an interest-free season ticket loan; dental insurance; Ride2Work vouchers; retail vouchers; sell/buy up to two days of annual vacation each year; and well-being allowance, which can be used to select benefits such as a gym membership.
Weil looks for business minded high achievers with confidence and self-belief. Individuals that will always push themselves to keep developing and improving and who can work effectively in a team.
Weil welcomes candidates from all universities and in all degree disciplines. The minimum entry requirements are AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted). You can apply for one of Weil’s vacation schemes at any stage of your university career, except during your first year as an undergraduate.
How To Apply
Applications for vacation placements and training contracts can be accessed at https://www.apply4law.com/Weil/. The selection process for vacation placements consists of an online application form, online critical reasoning test, followed by a short online video interview, and finally a 45-minute interview with an associate and a partner. Candidates are also asked to complete a 60-minute written exercise.
The selection process for training contracts consists of the application form, online test and interviews and assessments mentioned above; shortlisted candidates attend a final interview at the London office, with two partners.
All queries can be sent to Lisa Powell, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager at email@example.com or by telephone at 0207 903 1109.