Training Contract London 2026
The success of our firm rests with the commitment, quality and expertise of our people. Unashamedly ambitious, the next generation of talent will help drive our continued growth.
As a firm we focus on high profile complex international matters. This provides opportunities for you to be engaged in extraordinary variety, innovative thinking, and to be involved in our clients’ businesses on a global scale.
We are committed to helping you develop the personal and professional skills needed to fulfil your potential.
Our trainees are entrusted with real responsibilities from the moment they join, which means making an impact early on in their careers.
Our Training Programme
Our two year training contract differs from many other firms. With us you will gain valuable insight from six four month seats. As well as a guaranteed international secondment you will also complete a seat in our largest practice group (assets and structured finance) and another in dispute resolution. For other seats, you can express a preference in various service lines: capital markets; corporate; employment; projects; real estate; regulatory, public law and competition; and tax. In your second year of training, you can also opt to do a seat with our general counsel.
In each you’ll join a team led by a partner and see complex and high value transactions first hand.
Your training contract will be hands-on, with as much experience of clients and real, high-profile work as possible. You’ll also benefit from plenty of exposure to senior lawyers; many acknowledged leaders in their field.
The firm has a reputation for challenging work and we believe that only total immersion can provide you with the experience you require to excel. We give you plenty of responsibility early on but we also offer support and feedback.
Wherever you are in the world and whatever the practice area, you’ll quickly feel part of the whole organisation.
Who You Are
We recruit 19 trainees each year. Although there is no typical WFW trainee, there are certain qualifications, skills and traits that we look for.
You will need a 2.1 or above (predicted if you have yet to graduate) or equivalent, and a merit or higher in the Law Foundations Course (PGDL) if you have completed it. We also look for at least ABB from A-level results, 34 points from IB or the equivalent if you have taken other qualifications.
If you have not achieved these academic grades, there is an opportunity to explain individual circumstances, and applications are read as a whole.
We use Rare contextual recruitment software which allows us to understand individual academics in the context of how they were achieved.