Taylor Wessing

8.8 /10 345 reviews
Opportunities Offered:
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks) Internship (1-4 Months)
Legal/Law Corporate Law Intellectual Property Law Banking - Commercial Banking and Finance Law

About Taylor Wessing

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. Our spark, focus and lateral thinking make us exceptional legal advisors, helping our clients to succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

Our focus on the industries of tomorrow - technology, media and communications, life sciences, private wealth and energy - means that alongside law students, we also recruit a wide range of students who have studied non-law degrees. Our clients include private and public companies, financial institutions, professional service firms, public sector bodies of both large and medium size and wealthy individuals. Our international presence is also something that we strive to protect as we continue to strengthen our brand globally. Combining a pan-European network with a strong presence in the Middle East, India, China and North America, we are the leading firm for inward investment from North America and experts in IP protection and enforcement rights across the globe. We act for 32 of the world's 50 leading brands and work with clients in the world's most dynamic industries (TMC, Private Wealth, Life Sciences and Energy).

Types of work

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; trade marks and designs.

Who should apply

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. You’ll also be committed to a career in law, with a genuine passion to learn and explore new boundaries.

Training programme

Our award winning training (we won LawCareers.Net Best Trainer - Large City Firm 2018) 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 on high-quality work from the outset. Frequent client contact and secondment opportunities to their offices are also offered and regular support and feedback every step of the way will ensure that your career is aligned to the growth and needs of the firm and our clients.

This year we're recruiting through vacation scheme only for our 2021 training contract. Please apply online at www.taylorwessing.com/graduate.

Work placements

Our award winning vacation schemes (ranked number 1 in law based on student reviews on rate my placement 2017) are designed for you to experience life as a trainee solicitor in a fast-paced and innovative City law firm. You’ll spend two weeks in two different practice groups gaining first-hand experience under the supervision of associates and partners. We have up to 35 places in 2019 and the closing date for applications is 14th January 2019.

First year opportunities:

Join us on our first year Trailblazing insight day in March 2019 to find out why we’re a law firm for the game-changers; the smart thinkers and the ground-breakers. It will be a packed day, during which you’ll be given the chance to learn more about the Firm, attend skills sessions to help you with your vacation scheme applications and take part in a commercial business game. To be eligible to attend you must be a first year law student or penultimate non-law student.

When and how to apply

All candidates need to apply via our online application form at www.taylorwessing.com/graduate.

Our deadlines are

  • First year insight day – 31 December 2018
  • Vacation scheme – 14th January 2019
  • Training contract – This year we're recruiting through vacation scheme only for our 2021 training contract.
  • Trailblazing Open Day on 5 November 2018 (Deadline 31 October 2018)
  • Trailblazing Open Day on 13 November 2018 (Deadline 8 November 2018)
  • Trailblazing Open Day on 28 November 2018 (Deadline 23 November 2018)

Salary and benefits

  • 1st year: £40,000
  • 2nd year: £44,000
  • Post Qualification: £71,000


GDL and MA (LPC with Business) fees at BPP London sponsored. A maintenance grant is provided.

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  • Vacation Scheme Placement

    Having completed multiple vacation schemes at London law firms this summer, I can't rate Taylor Wessing's scheme highly enough. This was by far the best placement of all....


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  • Insight day / university student

    I found the whole experience extremely enjoyable and beneficial. I particularly appreciated the informative and very detailed session about how to submit a successful application for a vacation scheme...


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    The trailblazing open day was really enjoyable! There was a good range of talks, from the firm's history and the career paths of partners to application tips. I found the application tips especially u...


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