The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Taylor Vinters has 28 partners and 80 lawyers working out of its offices in London, Cambridge and Singapore. The firm counts Fortune 500 technology companies, venture-backed businesses and 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; Biotechnology; Charities and not-for-profit; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Corporate and commercial; Education; Family; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; IT and telecoms; Employment; Personal tax, trusts and probate.
Advised Bionical on its multimillion-pound acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Emas Pharma Limited and its Australian subsidiary; led advice to international aid charity SOS Children's Villages on charity and commercial matters including corporate fundraising agreements; advised high-growth technology business Featurespace on the drafting of a major licensing agreement with global payments company TSYS; acted on a $2.6m fundraising initiative led by Draper Associates; advised a private client farmer in north Norfolk on the £5m off-market sale of 400 acres in a deal that had complex holdover requirements.
Audio Analytic; Google; Funderbeam; Jockey Club Group; Microsoft; Royal Society of Chemistry; Streetteam Software Limited; Teenage Cancer Trust; Tompsett Burgess Growers.
Taylor Vinters has offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore, and is an 'exciting, ambitious and growing firm' with a 'strong focus on interesting work'. Its 'private client reputation' and the 'focus on technology and pharma work' were two firm strengths that attracted trainees. Work highlights include 'running through a disclosure exercise with the client on my own', 'working closely with start-up businesses' and 'working through the night on a PLC share placement and seeing all the announcements on the stock exchange the next morning'. Some trainees aren't happy with the recent change from a six-seat to a four-seat training contract having applied expecting the former. Taylor Vinters is 'dedicated to giving trainees hands-on responsibility' as the work they tackle 'is more akin to what NQs take on'. In a minor complaint, one Cambridge-based trainee suggests that the specific location of that office isn't ideal as 'it would be better if it was more central'. The 'friendly, laid-back atmosphere' was first apparent on the vacation scheme, with one trainee remembering how 'everyone made me feel like part of the team before I even got the job'. The work/life balance is praised, plus 'there are lots of opportunities to attend socials and mix with other trainees'. The trainee cohort learns from senior colleagues who 'care deeply about their work and their clients'. Pervading the feedback is a strong sense that the firm has 'a clear vision of its culture' and 'stays true to its values'. To 'work closely with partners on top quality matters' at a firm which offers 'good exposure to clients', take note of Taylor Vinters.
A day in the life of…
Katie Allen first-year trainee, Taylor Vinters
Departments to date: Real estate (as paralegal), secondment to ThoughtRiver, commercial disputes, corporate
University:University of East Anglia
Degree:Law with American Law LLB
8.30am: After watching the news, I walk 15 minutes to the Cambridge office. When I get there, I work my way through my emails and catch up with my colleagues in the corporate team.
9.00am: Picking up where I left off yesterday, I continue drafting board minutes, written resolutions and other supporting documents for a demerger transaction. I ensure the documents list is up to date, while also checking in with the real estate team to see how the property aspects of the deal are progressing.
11.00am: My supervisor asks me to draft a short guide to EMI share option schemes for a client. I grab a coffee from the hub and make a start, asking the growth team for their input.
12.45pm: I am currently organising the firm's teams for the London and Cambridge Legal Walks, so I send emails with details of the walks to the teams and a request for sponsorship. The firm has launched a new CSR initiative and encourages all staff members to suggest original ways to raise money for the causes they care about. The challenges and events that this initiative has inspired have helped to bring people from across the firm together and are great for trainees to get to know their colleagues.
1.00pm: The firm makes a contribution towards a Fitbit for everyone in the firm and there is a weekly challenge, which has brought out the competitive side in many people. After checking my day's step count so far and fearing relegation, I go for a walk with some of the other Fitbit enthusiasts, then when I return I continue to draft my EMI note.
3.30pm: Social committee time - I go along to our committee meeting to finalise some of the details for the Christmas party and a summer footgolf social.
4.00pm: A member of the corporate team based in London asks me to assist with drafting some documents relating to a public company share placing. This is quite exciting as I haven't worked on many public company matters before. As this will require further support from me in the next couple of days, I make arrangements to work in the London office tomorrow. Since the opening of Cambridge North station, this is an easy commute and the view from the 33rd-floor London office makes it worth the journey.
4.15pm: Next up, I talk to our compliance officer and ask to be added to the insider list. I then start by researching public company placings and begin drafting the documents. It is interesting to see the impact of political events such as Brexit on this kind of deal. I also liaise with the commercial technology team regarding the wording of a risk factor relating to the General Data Protection Regulation.
6.30pm: After a good day in the office, I meet some of my colleagues to play a mixed netball friendly against a local accounting firm. We regularly play local ladies teams and mixed teams of other professionals. Trainees are encouraged to get involved in the firm's sporting activities as it's great fun, good exercise and provides good networking opportunities. Other sporting activities include football, cricket and badminton, but the firm supports anyone who wants to set up a new team.
About the firm
Address:Merlin Place, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DP
Telephone: 01223 423444
Managing partner : Ed Turner
Managing partner : Matt Meyer
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 26 partners and 80 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, education 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.
Sponsorship:Full sponsorship of the LPC.
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 6
Applications received pa: 300
Percentage interviewed: 15%
First year: £26,000
Second year: £28,000
Newly qualified: £40,000 (Cambridge), £60,000 (London)
Total partners: 26
Apply to:Alix Balfe-Skinner, HR manager
What's involved:Application form, interview and assessment.
When to Apply:
Training Contract beginning in 2020: By 31 January 2018.
Summer Vacation Scheme: By 31 January 2018.