We’re a law firm for the game-changers; the smart thinkers; the ground-breakers. As a Top 20 law firm, we act as the legal advisors to the biggest names in revolutionary industries. We partner start-up clients as they change the way we see the world. And we support you, to be one of tomorrow’s brightest lawyers. We’re Taylor Wessing, and we’re trail-blazing. We think it’s time you joined us.
At Taylor Wessing, we focus on the four core industries changing the face of tomorrow: Life Sciences, Private Wealth, and Technology, Media & Communications.
International in our reach, we have over 1,300 employees in 16 jurisdictions across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We work at the edge of tomorrow’s industries, and we do it across the globe, from London to Silicon Valley.
Our innovative, modern approach is what defines us. Our clients range from promising new start-ups to multinational leaders of industry, with a client base that includes 60% of the world’s top 50 brands. In every case, we provide specialised legal advice, backed by a finely-tuned commercial intelligence.
That’s the spark and commitment we need in our graduates. We look for the kind of intelligence that puts us ahead of the curve, so that we can work with clients at the peak of innovation. You’ll be a ground-breaker, a smart thinker and a trail-blazer – and we’ll support you to change the future of law.
Taylor Wessing looks for trail blazing graduates - smart thinkers and ground breakers, who'll become the top legal minds of tomorrow's biggest industries. What we've created isn't just any corporate video – we've crafted something that will tell a story of openness, collaboration and opportunity within our law firm. Welcome to Taylor Wessing.
Our trainees will become the great legal minds of the next generation, and they’ll be the ones to decide the future direction of Taylor Wessing. That said, while we’re looking for graduates with the spark and drive to become tomorrow’s trail-blazing lawyers, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a law student. At Taylor Wessing, we reach out to talent everywhere we can, and we take on graduates with degrees in everything from English to Computer Science.
At Taylor Wessing, we’re defined by the specialist support we offer to tomorrow’s industries. To help us do that, you’ll have to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of how business works, and how to apply it in real life.
With our focus on tomorrow’s industries, you’ll be working in sectors where the law is still brand new, and very much in flux. With precedents still being set – not to mention being regularly overturned – you’ll have to be able to adapt quickly to new situations.
You’ll work with exciting clients in incredible industries, but it’s going to be hard work. We’ll support you all the way, but you’ll have to be focused, committed, and ready to stay motivated, even in the face of complex and challenging legal issues.
Whether you’re a Law student or a non-Law student, we want to know that you’ve read as much as you can about law careers and, about our firm specifically. We want to see that you’ve given a lot of thought to why you want to work for us. Do your homework as well as you can, so that you can tell us why we’re the right firm for you.
We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.
We are also a disability-confident organisation. We want to ensure all candidates are supported and able to perform at their best throughout our assessment process. If you require support for any reason including if this relates to a disability or health condition, please do let us know. All information will be treated as confidential.
We’re the firm for the graduate who chases tomorrow, and the student who’s ahead of the curve. Music streamers. Avid gamers. Green supporters. Taylor Wessing lead the field in areas you already build your life around. So with us, you’ll build a career that combines your passion with your legal intelligence, to support the industries that will change our world.
We have +1,000 employees, including +300 partners, in 28 offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We’re constantly working to make sure we’re well placed for tomorrow’s industries, with offices from London TechCity to Silicon Valley.
At Taylor Wessing, we’re renowned for the support we provide to clients, and we’re equally proud of the support we offer to our trainees. With your drive and our phenomenal support package, you’ll open doors to become one of the brightest lawyers in your field. During your training contract, you’ll be eligible for our benefits.
We want to support talent from the outset, so we’ll also offer you support as you transition from university:
When you begin your training contract, you’ll be matched with a buddy – a former trainee from your practice area – who’ll introduce you to colleagues and help you settle in. Social and sporting events also make sure that you’ll be surrounded by new friends at the firm from the outset.
Taylor Wessing works with forward-thinking clients engaged in the industries of tomorrow, and that’s what stood out to me initially and convinced me to join. I loved the fact that the firm looks for opportunities in new markets that are opening up across the world – providing clients with an excellent, industry-leading service. What’s more, because Taylor Wessing practises in areas of law which include Intellectual Property and Private Client, I thought it would be a really exciting place to be with a range of opportunities – and I was right.
Over two years and four seats, I had the opportunity to take on high levels of responsibility, was exposed to top-quality work and some of the best minds in the industry, and worked alongside a team of lawyers who are open, friendly and incredibly supportive. From helping negotiate documents for a huge construction project in central London to advising a start-up ‘fintech’ firm on UK financial regulation, my time here has exceeded all my expectations.
Having studied Law at university, I had an interest in lots of departments when I started my training contract. But after completing my third seat in Private Client, this was the area I decided to qualify into. In Private Client, you work with individuals and families helping them on a huge variety of matters – from personal tax advice to drafting wills. You often have to think beyond the legal solution and consider the practical issues and interests of individuals and their families. Since qualifying, I have found the work hugely rewarding and enjoyed the chance to specialise. I have been able to develop my skills as a solicitor in a supportive environment, whilst being offered plenty of client contact and responsibility.
Before my internship here, I did a lot of online research, as well as speaking to representatives from Taylor Wessing at my university’s law fair. I also attended an open day at the office – which was really friendly and welcoming, and a really good insight into what Taylor Wessing was like as a firm. Looking back now, that definitely solidified my desire to apply.
I thought Taylor Wessing's sector focus was unique, and as I originally studied medicine, the technology and life sciences focus particularly interested me.
I’m currently in Real Estate, and previously I sat in Patents (non-contentious). These have been two very different seats in almost all respects, from subject matter and client base to the general type of work and level of client contact.
Patents was a mix of advisory, transactional and contentious work, whereas Real Estate has been fully transactional. This has been very useful in teaching me different skills; in Patents I tended to have a few larger projects on the go, sometimes with cross-border elements, whereas Real Estate has required juggling a lot of smaller matters with a higher level of client contact.
I think Taylor Wessing's culture is particularly unique. It’s non-hierarchical, and in my experience partners have made a lot of effort to get to know the trainees and make sure they’re involved in interesting work. On top of this, it’s genuinely a full service firm, which gives not only great training experience, but means it has a very diverse and interesting range of clients.
I found that even in the online material, Taylor Wessing was able to differentiate itself from all other city law firms. The focus is not only on working for exciting clientele from the industries of tomorrow, but also on building a strong sustainable firm strategy, and creating a dynamic work environment.
My first 2 seats were in Banking and Finance and the Disputes and Investigations team. Both teams are relatively big, allowing you to work with a range of people on a variety of matters. However they differ in the nature of the work, the client base, and the industries you come into contact with. It’s definitely been a very well-rounded training contract so far.
The best project I’ve been a part of was a large commercial transaction that involved multi-jurisdictional work. I was in contact with law firms in 6 different jurisdictions on a daily basis. Our team was spread across our practice areas, which gave me great exposure to various aspects of the firm. It was an exciting opportunity to develop relationships across a large network and reap the rewards of working in an international full-service law firm.
You’re given a high level of responsibility at Taylor Wessing, and the work is always interesting and of a high quality. You’re encouraged to engage with clients and senior members of the team. You have to be proactive. However, there is a sense of togetherness. The small intake also means you get to know every other trainee and are able to build lasting relationships with colleagues who will support you through your training contract and beyond.
What attracted me to Taylor Wessing was its size and reputation in the areas of private wealth work – and IP really stood out when I first applied. I was also interested in the new corporate crime team, which was being set up just as I applied.
On my training contract I had four seats – Financial Services Regulatory, Banking and Finance, Disputes and Investigations, and Pensions. Each was a totally different experience, which was ideal as I wanted to try different areas and types of work before choosing which suited me best.
During my time in Disputes, I was part of a team conducting an internal money laundering investigation on behalf of our client, a Russian investment bank. This was a very high profile matter that had hit the news, and it mixed both political and legal elements. It was incredibly exciting to take responsibility and analyse the relevant correspondence – and I loved being in the meeting with the partners ‘cross-examining’ the clients to get a full picture of the events.
Of course, to be a good lawyer, you need to demonstrate and keep honing your technical ability and knowledge. But what I’ve learned since I joined here is that you also need bags of emotional intelligence. Sometimes it’s just not enough to know the law; you must be able to communicate effectively, understand people and situations, and work in a team to reach the best solutions.
A successful lawyer is one that also keeps adapting to new laws and regulations and is always ahead of the game. And I feel that Taylor Wessing, with its technology sector focus, totally embodies this.
Everyone here is incredibly engaged with the law and current affairs – with an impressive understanding of their sectors. On a daily basis, you’ll find yourself working with some of the top legal minds in the City.
In fact, that’s what drew me to the firm in the first place. I found I clicked with the people at Taylor Wessing more than at any other firm. It’s genuinely a friendly place to work. And I also liked the broad range of clients. Taylor Wessing allows trainees to work with all of them – from small start-ups who work out of cafés to global institutions, and everything in-between.
My four seats on the training contract covered Tax and Incentives, Restructuring and Corporate Recovery, Disputes and Investigations, Private Client and Financial Services and Competition. I’ve worked with clients who are on the brink of insolvency, right through to the largest and ultra-high net worth individuals. And I’ve developed my understanding of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In 2017 I was awarded Trainee of the Year, which I was really proud of.
No matter where you’re sitting, you’ll be working with high profile clients who are spearheading change within their sectors. And working with cutting edge clients means we stay at the forefront of legal developments.
As a firm, we’re very diverse and inclusive. As part of the equaliTW committee, our LGBT+ network, I helped organise the firm’s Pride 2018 celebration which had a great turnout, including our Managing Partner.
I was impressed by Taylor Wessing’s vision for the future. They’ve got a clear idea about where they’re going and how they’re going to get there.
I began my Vacation Scheme with Taylor Wessing as soon as I could. I studied Law and Australian Law at The University of Nottingham and in my penultimate year I even got to go there – it was an amazing experience. Once I returned, I didn’t let jet lag get in the way of my law career and I started the scheme after just two days back in the UK.
Those two weeks gave me a real insight into the firm and immediately convinced me to train here. I was impressed by Taylor Wessing’s vision for the future. They’ve got a clear idea about where they’re going and how they’re going to get there – keeping their people in mind as they continue to develop them. This forward-thinking really resonated with me, plus, I genuinely enjoyed my time here. Everyone was incredibly supportive and encouraging, so I thought that’s a firm I want to be a part of, that’s where I want to train.
My first seat was Restructuring and Corporate Recovery, where I experienced contentious work. Over the course of the six months I had the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting deals and had great exposure during each case – I love the level of involvement. A highlight was working on a deal that involved pension fraud, where I played an active role from start to finish. I worked on pre-court processes, thought about strategy and even got to go to court for the winding up hearing. Not only was it an amazing chance to see my work come to something but also it was a positive result for us. It was an amazing moment and started my contract off with a bang.
When deciding where to train, I went to quite a few open days to experience different firms. I knew I wanted to go somewhere that excelled in Property Law, offered great training and was truly international and multi-service in its structure. At the time, I remember reading how heavily involved Taylor Wessing were in the Gherkin, and they’d also just won Law Firm of the Year.
I previously sat in Banking & Finance, Real Estate and Construction. I am currently in my final seat where I have been given the opportunity go on secondment. Because my seniors know of my interest in property, they’ve been able to facilitate my learning. It shows the great level of care they take in assigning the right seats to the right trainees. I’m really enjoying the variety in my work. I could be financing anything from industrial units in Exeter one week to London sports stadiums and facilities the next.
While in my Banking Finance seat I was able to run the sale of a small portfolio property by myself from start to finish, and in Real Estate I worked with a partner on a big acquisition of a portfolio of properties in Sheffield.There’s a massive sense of trust at Taylor Wessing, and though you’re never without support, you’re very much encouraged to have autonomy and learn by doing.
I think being able to prioritise and work well under pressure are qualities of a great lawyer. Everyone at Taylor Wessing works hard, but people are never too busy to help. From other trainees, to associates, to partners I’ve never felt like there’s been any room I couldn’t walk into and speak to whoever I needed to.
I’d always enjoyed the academic aspect of the law – but I was curious to see how it applied in practice. So in the second year of my law degree, I took part in Taylor Wessing’s two-week vacation scheme. This really gave me a great insight into the practical aspects of law, and firmed up my decision to follow it as a career.
I was initially attracted to the firm because of its dynamic clientele, and its ability to identify and tap into new markets. Whenever I speak to people about Taylor Wessing, there’s always a buzz and a sense of excitement about the firm.
And then there’s the small trainee intake. It means we’re a closely-knit team, and good friends who support each other. It also means that we are seen as individuals rather than a face in the crowd.
The first seat of my training contract was in Banking and Finance. It was a transactional seat and fairly fast paced, which meant that most matters I was working on tend to be completed within four to six weeks. This kept things refreshing, and I had plenty of opportunities to work with a broad spread of clients.
I’m currently in Patents for my second seat. It’s very different, as I’m mainly involved in contentious work in the form of patent litigations. This has exposed me to a different side of law, and I’ve gained so many valuable insights.
Personally, I think Taylor Wessing stands out among the sea of city law firms because of its culture –which is friendly and down-to-earth, but also very ambitious.
We have plenty of chances to socialise with fellow trainees at Taylor Wessing. We have an annual Business Development event, various trainee barbeques on the terrace and social events interspersed throughout the training contract. Individual departments also organise socials. Not to mention the option to join the many clubs on offer. During my first seat I got involved with the women’s football team, and I was able to go to Bratislava for the Taylor Wessing International Football Tournament.
I previously sat in Financial Services Regulatory, Competition Patent Litigation and Tax and Incentives. I am currently sat in Disputes & Investigatons which is my final seat. So far, my proudest achievement since joining the firm has also been my most challenging. We recently represented a client during the sale of a compounding laboratory where the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided to conduct a phase 1 investigation. Without the sale, the compounding laboratory would have had a high chance of shutting down, and hundreds of staff would have lost their jobs.
As we approached a major deadline, a senior lawyer went on maternity leave, leaving only myself and a partner working on the matter. Although daunting at first, it presented me with the opportunity to take on a considerable amount of responsibility. We successfully represented our client during the investigation and the CMA approved the sale. I felt incredibly well supported throughout the experience, and in rising to the challenge I gained so much confidence in my ability. I learned how important and truly valued I am in the Taylor Wessing team.
I have a keen interest in technology. I see it as a driver for social change and a shaper of the world at all levels. Taylor Wessing’s sector focus on the ‘industries of tomorrow’ appealed to me for these reasons.
My current seat is in Corporate Technology and I previously sat in Patents Litigation, Disputes and Investigations and Commercial Technology & Data (with a 3-month client secondment). My first two seats involved contentious work so were similar in the work rhythm and tasks. The difference is that in Patents Litigation you usually get to work on one or two big cases at a time, whereas in Disputes and Investigations you can be involved in multiple smaller matters – same in Commercial Technology & Data, but matters tend to close much quicker than in contentious departments. I have one seat left before qualification, and I still feel like I have a lot more to discover.
The small trainee intake is invaluable, I cannot stress that enough. Not only do you get to build a real community with your fellow trainees, it means you get exposure to a much more varied range of work. You’re surrounded by the sharpest minds, and our clients know this. They come to us for the very specific services that we can offer.
I’m very involved in our Pro Bono Committee where I coordinate the distribution of Pro Bono work throughout the firm. I’m also part of our Environmental Awareness Committee and I’m very open to new ideas about reducing our energy impact.
At Taylor Wessing, I feel respected as a professional and I value that above all else. Partners and senior members of staff are approachable, and are genuinely interested in trainees and see us as people with something to bring to the table. They always make every effort to help us learn and grow.
Our graduate recruitment team is dedicated to ensuring a smooth and efficient recruitment process for all our graduates. If you have any questions about the summer vacation scheme or becoming a graduate at Taylor Wessing, please contact a member of the team or email us.