The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Taylor Vinters has 31 partners and 75 lawyers across its offices in London, Cambridge and Singapore. The firm counts Fortune 500 technology companies, venture-backed businesses, as well as private individuals among its client base. Taylor Vinters is a full-service firm which is focused on technology, investment and private client.
The star performers
Agriculture and estates; Brand management; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Corporate and commercial; Education; Employment; Family; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; IT and telecoms; Personal, tax, trusts and probate; Property litigation; Venture capital
Advised World Trade Centre Association on interconnected trade mark disputes and oppositions in the EU; acted for Grafton Capital and Highland Europe on their $40m investment into leading cloud-based platform for enterprise video conferencing and calling service, StarLeaf; advised Secret Escapes on its $111m Series D debt and equity fundraising from Temasek and Silicon Valley Bank; defended a $2m breach of contract claim brought by a multinational retailer against a Singapore-based retail solutions technology business; acted for US-based and Nasdaq-listed Funko LLC in its $4.5m purchase of the entire issued share capital of A Large Evil Corporation Limited
Bridgestone; Digital Shadows; Featurespace; Jockey Club Estates; Merz Pharma; Netcracker; Oval Medical Technologies Ltd; Oxcitas; Sky Partners; Speciality Produce Limited
‘Innovation is the key word’ at ‘forward-thinking’ Taylor Vinters, a firm which has a ‘clear, exciting direction’. Respondents were ‘made to feel comfortable from the very beginning of the interview process’ and ‘already felt like part of the firm during the vacation scheme’. ‘Each trainee is treated like an adult’ at TV, which translates to being ‘given a lot of responsibility and autonomy’ and trusted with running some of their own matters. Indeed, ‘many departments encourage you to take on challenging, NQ-level work to prepare you for qualification’. Trainees are recruited into the Cambridge office but with the possibility of undertaking seats in London, which causes a ‘degree of uncertainty regarding which office you will be working out of’. The location of the Cambridge office was also begrudged by some. If you need proof that there is high-quality work on offer, respondents cited ‘handling a client meeting on my own in my first seat’ and ‘being involved in injunction proceedings’ as some of their highlights. What’s more, the atmosphere is ‘sociable and inclusive’ and ‘partners are all visible and accessible’. In fact, ‘you can approach almost anyone for help and advice on your work’. During busy times, though, there can be a ‘lack of supervision and/or support’ and it’s possible to feel like you are being ‘pulled in too many different directions in one day’. On the plus side, there is an ‘exciting CSR strategy which allows any employee to pitch an idea to the panel’ and which gives ‘freedom to plan a project and choose a cause’. If a firm with ‘targeted growth’ which is ‘committed to trainees’ personal development’ appeals to you, consider Taylor Vinters.
A day in the life of...
Victoria Cure first-year trainee, Taylor Vinters
Departments to date: Private wealth and matrimonial in London, growth in Cambridge
University:University of Nottingham, University of Connecticut
Degree:Law with American Law
8.30am: I make the short journey to the Cambridge office. Once I get to the office, I log-in and check my emails and to-do list. Next I chat to my colleagues and ask if anyone else would like to grab a coffee.
9.00am: Now my caffeine addiction has been satisfied, it is time to start the day. First on my list is drafting a set of board minutes, written resolutions and an investor consent letter for an investment into a fast-growth company. We’re acting for a client with a really innovative and forward-looking product, who is receiving investment having caught the eye of investors. It’s genuinely really interesting to work with clients who are pushing boundaries, thinking differently and creating new and exciting stuff.
12.30pm: Over lunch I attend a Taylor Vinters regular lunch and learn session. These are events put on over the lunch hour, in which external speakers come and present on a range of topics – from the importance of staying hydrated to how to become a trusted advisor. We’ve had some pretty interesting ones so far and who could complain at getting free lunch!
1.30pm: Next up I sit in on a call to one of our founder clients. We discuss the need for a disclosure letter to be prepared and go through each of the warranties the founder is going to provide in the investment agreement. I take notes of what disclosures the founder would like to make against each of the warranties, so that I can prepare a disclosure letter and disclosure bundle. These kinds of calls are really interesting – it’s great to be able to watch how the Taylor Vinters team structures the call, the tone they take and the way they deal with issues – it teaches you a lot! We have so many interesting clients – it’s great to be able to learn more about what they do and be given the opportunity speak to clients directly.
2.30pm: After our call, my supervisor and I head up to the Hub to grab a coffee and have a chat about what work I can get involved in and have a general catch up. At Taylor Vinters each trainee gets a ready-made support network, comprising a supervisor and career coach. Mine have been incredibly supportive – they’re easy to talk to and always a great port of call if you want to know how to approach any kind of decision you need to make.
3.00pm: This afternoon I have some training in the diary. I head to one of the meeting rooms where today’s training is taking place, grabbing some of the other trainees on the way and picking up a drink to take to the session. Today’s training is titled ‘Contract Negotiations’ and is being led by one of the partners in my team. These training sessions are a great opportunity to pick up some basics – these give a particularly useful insight into the work that other teams do, which can help when trying to make the decision as to what team you might like to join next.
5.30pm: We work hard in the team, but we also know how to have fun – whether it’s plate spinning, having an impromptu indoor snowball fight or playing indoor badminton. I take some time to chat with some of my colleagues and practise my plate spinning skills. I really value being able to work in a team that has this approach to work.
6.30pm: Having a small intake means that the trainees form quite a close group, so after a productive day in the office, I head to the pub to catch up with a few of the trainees from my cohort.
About the firm
Address:Merlin Place, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DP
Telephone: 01223 423444
Managing partner: Matt Meyer
Managing partner: Ed Turner
Other offices: London, Singapore
Who we are: Taylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them. Our practice is global, operating from innovation clusters in the UK and Asia.
What we do: With 31 partners and 75 lawyers across our offices in London, Cambridge and Singapore we help entrepreneurially minded clients make great things happen, whatever their size and sector. Our key practice areas include: corporate, commercial and technology, IP, commercial disputes, employment, insolvency, competition, commercial real estate, charities and social ventures, private real estate, matrimonial, trusts and estates.
What we are looking for: We’re looking for innovative and entrepreneurial people who are brimming with enthusiasm and passion for what they do. You’ll need a pragmatic outlook and commercial awareness as our clients rely on our business brains as much as our legal expertise.
What you'll do:Your development programme will be tailored around your skills, interests and aspirations and you’ll experience real client work, responsibility and high levels of autonomy from an early stage as well as support through expert advice from some of the industry’s most forward-thinking lawyers. During your two-year programme, you’ll complete four seats in different legal disciplines, in our Cambridge and London offices, to help you decide which aspects of the law interest you most. During your training contract, you’ll also complete your Professional Skills Course (PSC), which we’ll pay for.
Perks: 25 days’ holiday plus the option to buy additional holiday, pension, private medical insurance, life assurance, season ticket loan, medical cash plan, recognition scheme, busy social calendar, wellbeing programme, pilates, gym.
Facts and figures
Total partners: 29 (UK)
Other fee-earners: 59 (UK)
Total trainees: 11
Trainee places available for 2021: 6 (NB this is based on 2020 intake). Please note these will be recruited from our vacation scheme only.
Applications received pa: 300
Percentage interviewed: 15%
First year: £28,000 (Cambridge) and £35,000 (London)
Second year: £30,000 (Cambridge) and £37,000 (London)
Newly qualified: £42,000 (Cambridge), £60,000 (London)
Apply to:Alix Balfe-Skinner, HR manager
How: Via Apply for Law
When to apply:By 31 January 2019 for 2021 contracts.
What's involved:Application form, interview, assessment and vacation scheme.