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Latham & Watkins

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Tom Sawyer - American charm mixed with ingenuity and a touch of playfulness

The Verdict

The Verdict

Latham & Watkins' 'good reputation' is partly due to the 'high quality of work', and you can look forward to 'working on the best deals and cases even at junior level'. Because of the 'small deal teams' trainees 'really get involved'. Recruits therefore get 'a lot of responsibility early on' as 'the firm really trusts its trainees if they prove themselves and show enthusiasm'. Work highlights have included 'sitting in on pricing negotiations for a $10bn loan' and 'assisting on a really high-profile jurisdiction hearing'. We hear that 'supervisors are very supportive', and comments about 'friendly colleagues' and an 'inclusive culture' point to a welcome 'lack of hierarchy'. One respondent writes that 'hours can be brutal', and others comment on the 'unpredictable workload' which leads to 'weekends in the office' and 'staying til 3am'. That said, the 'high remuneration' is a plus point, and secures a Lex 100 Winner gong. The 'international reach' and 'emphasis on a global culture' at Latham & Watkins has proven truly exciting for trainees. It is experienced in 'complex transactions involving multiple jurisdictions', as well as team retreats to Italy and Vietnam. International secondments have also proven fruitful, with postings in Singapore and Hong Kong providing 'an incredible opportunity to learn how the Asian markets operate', and the firm is named a Lex 100 Winner in this category. Gripes include having a 'lack of formal training' and 'a lot of form filling'. Nevertheless, the offices have 'excellent views', and 'cake day' and 'dress-down Fridays' help to keep spirits high. 'Celebration lunches' are also popular. To train at an 'expanding firm' while representing 'some very interesting and high-profile clients', consider applying to Latham & Watkins.