At Covington, we view the Training Programme and Summer Placement Schemes as fundamental to the growth of the London office. Our trainees benefit from a carefully tailored programme. Each trainee sits with a senior lawyer who ensures they are exposed to meaningful work in a supportive environment. They are also assigned an associate mentor and will enjoy regular contact with the training principal and HR team.
We currently offer up to nine training contracts each year.
What we look for in candidates
Candidates must be able to demonstrate a consistently impressive record of academic achievement. In particular, we look for strong grades at A-level (minimum ABB/128 UCAS points or equivalent) and candidates must be predicted to achieve (or have achieved) at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate degree.
However, whilst being academically strong is important, we look for much more than that. The candidates we choose are sharp, articulate and quick thinking in interview. They have confidence and composure, but also honesty and humour. We ask ourselves: ‘Will I enjoy working with this person, and will they impress our clients?’
Training, development and support
Trainees begin their time with the firm by attending a comprehensive induction programme. The induction provides an introduction to the firm, outlines the structure of the training and gives guidance on the trainee evaluation process and the training contract record system. Detailed seat guides are also provided at the outset and each trainee will have a handover meeting with the trainee vacating their particular seat. Trainees also get receive comprehensive on-site training about the firm’s marketing, IT, and research. Trainees meet as a group with the Training Principal, the Graduate Recruitment Partner, and the Legal Recruiting Professional Development team, who discuss some practical ‘dos and don’ts’ to help trainees get the most out of their training contract. Trainees will continue to have close contact with all three, and they are available on an ongoing basis to provide advice and guidance.
Supervisors will provide trainees with work, supervise and manage work flows, provide day-to-day feedback and guidance, as well as formally evaluate trainee performance at the mid-seat and end-of- seat stage. In addition, all trainees have an associate ‘buddy’ who is available to provide informal mentoring and advice, have regular contact with the Training Principal and Professional Development team, and attend all relevant team meetings relevant to the seat they are in. Trainees document their progress against the Skills Standards by maintaining a regular, monthly training contract record.
Our training programme ensures that the formal training, as stipulated by the SRA in their Skills Standards, is provided and that more informal professional development opportunities and on-to-one support are also available. During the course of the training contract, trainees will participate in all practice group training sessions on offer, in addition to taking part in all broader skills-based development programmes run by the firm. Professional Skills Course training is compulsory and is comprised of three core modules and 24 hours of electives, which trainees are responsible for selecting and scheduling. This training is delivered by an external provider.
There are regular opportunities for trainees to get together socially and there is a dedicated trainee social budget. All trainees also travel to a firm-wide integration seminar in Washington DC at the beginning of their second year.
All trainees undertake the following two seats.
Our corporate clients range from start-ups to established multinationals, and include investment banks and investors. Given the firm’s particular strengths, much of our work is within the pharmaceutical/life sciences, energy and clean energy, brands, technology and media industries. Our work includes premium cross-border M&A deals, complex worldwide licensing and collaboration transactions, international project development and finance advice to emerging companies and their investors, capital markets fundraisings and private equity fund transactions and formations.
Lawyers in our dispute resolution practice advise companies across a wide variety of industries. Often our work is in ground-breaking, complex fields and we have advised on significant high profile cases both in international arbitrations and High Court litigation.
The practice also comprises one of the largest and most sophisticated corporate crime and investigation practices in Europe. We advise our multinational client base on a range of issues including bribery, money laundering, embezzlement and securities fraud.