The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Full-service international law firm Taylor Wessing specialises in technology, media and communications, life sciences and private wealth. The firm acts for several leading global brands and also counts start-ups and wealthy families among its client base. Taylor Wessing has 33 offices covering 20 jurisdictions and employs over 1,200 lawyers.
The star performers
Brand management; Commercial property; Contentious trusts and probate; Data protection; Employment: employers; Fraud: civil; Gaming and betting; IT and telecoms; Immigration; Intellectual property; Islamic finance; M&A mid-market, £50m-£250m; Media and entertainment (including media finance); Personal tax, trusts and probate; Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; Private equity: transactions; Property finance; Reputation management; Trade finance; Venture capital.
Assisting Orange on its global trade mark portfolio, numbering more than 4,500 marks in over 190 jurisdictions; advising Godiva Chocolatier on brand protection strategy in relation to the adoption and development of new brand and products; advised News Corporation and News Corp UK & Ireland on a £220m recommended cash offer for Wireless Group; acted for McLaren Property on the £150m sale of a portfolio of six student housing developments to a new investment vehicle owned by a group of German pension funds; advised Farfetch on its $110m Series F financing.
Brentford Football Club; City Pride; GV; Hard Rock Holdings; Inditex; Jacobs and Equity Trusts (Jersey) Limited; Magic Pony; Nutmeg; Onefinestay; Sky.
Taylor Wessing possesses 'good expertise in specialist areas of law'. It is home to a 'well-known IP department' and has a 'strong reputation in the venture capital, technology and life sciences fields'. Such capabilities make for 'great clients and a genuine variety of high-quality work'. 'High levels of responsibility are given to trainees', and favourite moments include 'working on a distressed sale of an e-commerce business', 'getting involved on a freezing injunction case in a very small team' and 'completing a large deal after months of hard work and going for a celebratory meal with the clients'. There are also plenty of 'drafting opportunities'. Not all the work is stimulating, however, with less favoured moments including 'dealing with directory submissions' and 'doing a last-minute statement of costs before a hearing'. The client secondments are highly regarded, offering 'really useful insights into in-house work'. The 'fantastic vacation scheme' showcases Taylor Wessing as a 'forward-thinking, exciting and friendly place to work'. There is a small trainee intake, and the cohort 'gets on really well and there are lots of social events and sports clubs'. This no doubt contributed to the firm being named a Lex 100 Winner in both the social life and stress-free categories. There are complaints of a 'lack of transparency and fairness in seat selection as trainees' first choices are not always taken into account'. The 'supervision is very good', in an environment where 'people generally are happy to explain things to you and encourage you to ask questions'. After all, 'individuals take the time to train you as they realise you are here to learn'. For interesting and engaging work at a 'friendly firm' with a 'modern outlook', apply to Taylor Wessing.
A day in the life of...
Tom Connock first-year trainee, Taylor Wessing LLP
Departments to date: Finance (second seat)
8.30am: I arrive at the office early and head up to Cloud 9, our staff restaurant, to enjoy a cooked breakfast with some of the other trainees. The sun is shining so we sit on the terrace and enjoy the views across London. We all try to meet regularly to catch up and discuss our various seats.
9.15am: I head down to my office, make myself a coffee and begin making a to-do list for the day. My supervisor has scheduled a meeting with me at 9.30am to discuss a new deal and set me some tasks.
9.30am: After checking my emails, I am asked by my supervisor to produce a first draft of a legal charge for a new matter. We discuss the structure of the deal and the issues that will need to be addressed. As part of the team, trainees are given a high level of responsibility and are expected to assist in drafting important documents. I download the Taylor Wessing legal charge precedent and begin making the necessary amendments.
11.00am: I attend a short training session which is delivered by our professional support lawyer. Regular training sessions are important to ensure the team is always aware of new developments in the law.
11.45am: I continue with my drafting of the legal charge. As the deal involves some development work, I speak to an associate in the construction and engineering department for assistance. Taylor Wessing has a great collegiate atmosphere and departments often work closely with each other.
1.00pm: I head outside the office to grab some lunch in the sunshine. A large temporary screen has been installed in the square outside where I can watch Wimbledon while reclining in a deckchair!
1.45pm: I arrive back at my desk and have a voicemail message from a trainee at another firm wanting to discuss some amendments to draft board minutes. I call her back and we negotiate some wording to be inserted. I check this with the supervising associate who agrees it is appropriate. I email the trainee to confirm the board minutes are agreed.
2.30pm: On a separate matter, I attend a brief conference call with a client to discuss some outstanding points in a draft loan agreement and take detailed notes. Following the call, I assist my supervisor in incorporating these points into the document. Many of the outstanding points are commercial (rather than legal), however it is important that everyone understands the client's concerns.
4.00pm: I sit down with my supervisor to discuss my draft legal charge. He makes some amendments to ensure the document is more favourable to our client. We then send the document to the borrower's solicitors for their review.
5.00pm: I update the 'CP checklist' for another matter that I have been working on. The CP checklist records the progress of the 'conditions precedent'. I collect updates from the various departments working on the matter. I also speak to our counterparts at a law firm in New York who are advising the client on aspects of US law. The multi-jurisdictional nature of the work can be very interesting and trainees are often the main point of contact for foreign counsel.
6.30pm: The firm is hosting a client summer drinks event and I have volunteered to assist with welcoming the guests and handing out name badges. When all of the guests have arrived, I grab a cold beer and network. Events like this are a great opportunity to meet and speak with clients in a friendly environment.
About the firm
Address:5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW
Telephone: 020 7300 7000
Fax:020 7300 7100
Senior partner : Adam Marks
Managing partner : Tim Eyles
Other offices: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cambridge, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, , Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jekarta, Jeddah, Kiev, London Tech City, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, Seoul, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Vienna and Warsaw. Representative offices in Beijing, Brno, Klagenfurt and Shanghai.
Who we are: Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, standing at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow. Acting as legal advisors to well-known clients in progressive and cutting-edge sectors, we're a firm for the ground breakers, the smart thinkers and the trail blazers.
What we do: Taylor Wessing offers industry-focused advice and in-depth sector experience gained by bringing together internationally-focused lawyers from diverse legal backgrounds including: banking and finance; capital markets; copyright and media law; corporate; commercial agreements; construction and engineering; employment and pensions; EU competition, IT and telecoms; litigation and dispute resolution; patents; planning and environment; private client; projects; real estate; restructuring and corporate recovery; tax and trade marks.
What we are looking for: We look for team players with a minimum of ABB grades at A level and a 2.1 degree in any discipline. You'll need to be confident and enthusiastic with the communication skills to build vibrant relationships with our clients. You'll have the energy, ambition and creativity to take early responsibility and have a real impact on our business and our clients' business.
What you'll do:Our award winning training (we won LawCareers.Net Best Trainer - Large City Firm 2017) combines our in-house Professional Skills Course with six-month seats in four different practice groups, including one contentious seat and one in our corporate or finance areas. Our programme is recognised for the extent of partner contact available to trainees, and you'll work closely with associates.
Perks: Private medical care, pension scheme, life assurance, season ticket loan for travel, 25 days' holiday (with an extra day at Christmas), discounted gym membership and employee assistance programme.
Sponsorship:Sponsorship GDL and MA (LPC with business) fees at BPP London sponsored. A maintenance grant is provided.
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 20
Applications received pa: 800
Percentage interviewed: 3%
First year: £40,000
Second year: £44,000
Newly qualified: £63,000
Total partners: 400
Apply to:Sarah Harte, graduate talent manager.
What's involved:Assessment centre including a group exercise and commercial awareness, competency-based interview. Game based assessment.
When to Apply:
Training Contract beginning in 2020: By 30 April 2018.
Summer Vacation Scheme: By 30 January 2018.
First-Year Open Day: By 31 December 2017.