The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Taylor Vinters is headquartered in Cambridge, and has two other offices in London and Singapore. The firm’s threefold focus lies in the technology, investment and private client sectors, through which it represents an impressive list of entrepreneurial clients based in the UK and abroad.
The star performers
Agriculture and estates; Biotechnology; Bloodstock; Charities and not-for-profit; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Corporate and commercial; Education; Employment; Family; IT and telecoms; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; Personal tax, trusts and probate.
Advised Atlas Genetics on a $20m fundraising from a new Russian VC investor; acted for Carter Jonas on its acquisition of New Square Holdings; advised the administrator of Orb Estates and Mitre Property Management on a complex group fraud case involving creditors’ claims in excess of $160m; advised ARM Holdings on its workforce expansion; advised the British Pharmacological Society on a seven-year contract to publish two leading journals.
AgReserves Ltd; Carter Backer Winter; Elgin Energy; Ensors; Featurespace; Jockey Club Racecourses; Merz Pharma; Moore Stephens; Professor Stephen Hawking; University of Leicester.
Lured by Taylor Vinters’ ‘longstanding reputation in Cambridge as a well-respected firm offering a range of expertise’, respondents report that the ‘six four-month seats’ allow for ‘exposure to a wide variety of matters’ across ‘exciting practice areas’. The firm is ‘ambitious and expanding’, and possesses a ‘growing commercial technology department’. Many of the firm’s clients are ‘on the cutting edge of the technology sector’; one trainee says ‘I know that the work I am carrying out is indirectly shaping the future’. It is clear that the firm ‘really cares about its trainees and your career progression’. The ‘training supervisors take the time to give constructive feedback on the work you perform’, while for its part Taylor Vinters ‘encourages feedback about the training process’. Stand-out examples of ‘good-quality work’ include ‘running the negotiation and completion of a lease for one of the firm’s key clients’, ‘direct involvement in a multi-million pound litigation’ and ‘dealing from start to finish with a complex re-mortgage of a several hundred-acre estate’. Trainees sometimes ‘feel overwhelmed with work’ as particular seats ‘can be quite stressful’ and demand ‘working until the early hours’. The firm’s ‘clear strategy’ has led to the growth of the London and Singapore offices, though trainees complain that there is ‘no opportunity to travel’ to the latter. The ‘friendly atmosphere’ at the firm means that ‘personality is encouraged’, and this welcoming environment is complemented by the fee-earners who ‘support and assist you throughout your training’. To join a firm that is ‘going in a very good direction’ and which ‘allows you to forge your own relationships directly with the clients’, head to Taylor Vinters.
A day in the life of...
Sam Minshall second-year trainee, Taylor Vinters
Departments to date: Commercial technology, private real estate, commercial disputes
University:University of Exeter
Degree:History with proficiency in Japanese
8.30am: A short cycle down the guided bus way in the sunshine is a great way to start the day. When I arrive at work, I load my computer, make a cup of coffee and catch up with my colleagues in the commercial disputes team. Then, after reading any new emails, I prioritise my tasks for the day ahead.
9.00am: An urgent matter concerning an important client arises, so I am called into a meeting to discuss how our team will tackle it. I am asked to conduct some research on some points of jurisdiction and to obtain a number of quotes from legal translation companies. One of the exciting things about this department is that they like to involve trainees in a range of matters, so you never know what kind of work will land on your desk.
10.00am: After completing my initial research, I report back to my team and ask how I can assist further. As we await further instructions from the client, I make a few calls to see how my property matters are progressing. Liaising with the Land Registry and banks can be time-consuming, so it definitely pays off to know the best times to call. After getting the confirmation I wanted, I email the client to keep them up-to-date.
12.00pm: As our important client decided to hold back on any further action, I turn my attention to the list of tasks I have prepared for the day. After sending a few chaser emails to other firms, I spend some time drafting instructions to counsel for advice in relation to an upcoming arbitration matter. This leaves me just enough time to finish a letter before lunch.
1.00pm: The firm regularly holds ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, which always draw in people interested in the topic (as well as those keen for a free lunch). Today’s session is on data protection law in an employment context. Sessions like these are particularly helpful for the trainees at the firm, as they give us an insight into the type of work we can expect in other seats.
3.00pm: I meet with one of the newly qualified solicitors in the team to discuss a new matter. She gives me a brief summary of the client’s business, a history of the litigation to date and a number of points that need clarifying. Armed with a list of questions to answer, I go back to my desk and begin my research.
5.00pm: After reporting back to my colleague with my research findings, I spend some time filling in my training contract record, responding to my latest emails and working through my list of tasks. As litigation is so time-critical, I always make sure that I am on top of key dates, so I look ahead to tomorrow to see what I have diarised.
6.30pm: I leave work in time to play football with my colleagues from across the firm. We manage to organise friendly games throughout the year with other firms but this week it is just a regular kick-about. It is great to meet up with my colleagues from across the firm and to get some much-needed practice in ahead of a ‘footgolf’ away day with some clients next week.
About the firm
Address:Merlin Place, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DP
Telephone: 01223 423444
Managing partner : Ed Turner
Other offices: London, Singapore
Who we are: Taylor Vinters is not your typical law firm. We’re excited by our clients, how their organisations and lives progress and how we can use our experience, networks and technical expertise to support them. Operating through our European hubs in London and Cambridge and Asia hub in Singapore, Taylor Vinters is a leading international law firm supporting innovative businesses and entrepreneurially minded people to make great things happen.
What we do: We understand that our clients are not only looking for a focus on their legal issues but also strong commercial acumen from their legal partner. We help our clients manage risk, make informed decisions and leverage networks to achieve their personal and business goals, by bringing together cross-disciplinary teams to address complex and multi-faceted issues and offer intelligent, joined-up solutions.
What we are looking for: Candidates should have energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to be the very best. We look for people that are not only technically excellent, but also have commerciality and a genuine desire to put the client at the heart of everything they do. We hire directly from our vacation scheme which runs in June/July 2017.
What you'll do:Trainees undertake seats across the business and will be given responsibility from day one. Trainees work closely with their training supervisor in each seat, learning on the job. This is complemented by other formal learning and development opportunities.
Perks: Health insurance, life insurance, pension, season ticket loan, competitive holiday allowance and the option to buy additional holiday, recognition scheme, health cash plan, range of social activities.
Sponsorship:Full sponsorship for the LPC.
Facts and figures
Trainee places available for 2019: 4
Applications received pa: 234
Percentage interviewed: 23%
First year: £26,000
Second year: £28,000
Newly qualified: £39,500 (Cambridge), £59,000 (London)
Total partners: 22
Apply to:Alix Balfe-Skinner, HR manager
When to Apply:By 31 January 2017 for 2019 contracts.