A ‘good-sized City firm with an excellent reputation’, Watson Farley & Williams handles ‘high-quality work’. Trainees see the firm as ‘top of the class in finance and projects work’, while its ‘reputation in shipping’ is that of a market leader. Respondents cite this ‘sector focus’ as a ‘key factor’ in their decision to join. The ‘six-seat rotation’ has also proved popular, as it ‘provides for greater opportunities to experience different departments’. Stand-out trainee moments include ‘being involved in the closing of a huge deal’, ‘completing a corporate deal for a portfolio of over 30 hotels’ and ‘assisting on large-scale renewable deals and receiving recognition for my role’.
Trainees are keen to applaud ‘the international aspect of the work’, the fact that there is ‘generally no face time culture’ and reap the benefits of ‘working in small teams’.
The firm is a winner in the international secondment category, with trainees consistently praising ’the guarantee of an overseas seat’.
Clients include: 88 Energy; Ascendos Rail Leasing; Budapest Airport; Flybe; MSC Cruises; Maas Capital Investments and Swiss International Air Lines.
If the firm were a fictional character, it would be Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings) – human, will fight your corner and likes to travel.