Gowling WLG Gowling WLG

  • International Law Firms
  • London, Birmingham

Training Contract

  • Places: 25

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 50

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 3000




We’re a leading sector-focused international law firm. But we’re different. What sets us apart is a growing reputation for client experience, outstanding people and creative energy. You’ll find us in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the UK, focused on key global sectors including real estate, energy, financial services, life sciences, natural resources, infrastructure and technology. We’re a firm with momentum, making bold moves in the international legal market, where we’ve significantly increased our footprint and capability. And we have an appetite for further international growth.

Training Contract

Treated as a lawyer from day one, you’ll enjoy early responsibility, international opportunities and exposure to big-ticket work as you learn from legal experts across the globe. Our training contracts consist of four six-month seats and we’ll get you started with a full and comprehensive induction, designed to help you settle into life here. Choosing from our broad-ranging practice areas, your programme will typically include a contentious seat, a non-contentious seat, a real estate seat and an optional seat (which could be an international secondment or working for a client). You’ll get involved in interesting casework for an exceptional scope of clients, enjoying top tier training in a high performing, hugely encouraging culture. It’ll be a continuous learning journey with one-to-one guidance from a partner mentor, a dedicated supervisor, the graduate recruitment team and, of course, the strong support network of legal experts all around you.

Applications open on 27 September 2021.

Vacation Scheme

We run vacation schemes at our London and Birmingham offices, during spring and summer. You’ll experience life at an international law firm first-hand, meet our people and clients, and gain an insight into our work and culture. One of our current trainees will help you settle in and is on hand to answer any queries you may have. You’ll have a dedicated supervisor who will ensure you receive quality work, support and constructive feedback. There will also be plenty of social events to help you network and build up professional relationships (while enjoying yourself too, of course).

Applications open on 27 September 2021.


A university education isn’t for everyone- some people want to get out there and start working and earning straight away.

Find out more about Gowlings legal apprenticeships on the Gowling All About School Leaver profile

Salary & Benefits

Training Contract starting salary:

London first year £43,000

London second year £47,000

Birmingham first year £29,000

Birmingham second year £32,000

Vacation Scheme:

London  £350 per week

Birmingham £310 per week


  • Bonus scheme
  • Gym membership/subsidy
  • Life assurance
  • Pension scheme with company contributions
  • Private healthcare
  • Season ticket loan
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Income Protection Insurance
  • 25 days’ holiday (plus optional unpaid holiday)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • An active social club
  • Access to corporate rates and discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Budget for staff entertainment
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Interest free loan


Penultimate-year law students, final-year non-law students and graduates. We welcome applications from exceptional candidates with well-rounded personalities from diverse cultures and different backgrounds. We’re not prescriptive when it comes to qualifications, so we don’t ask for particular grades at A level (or equivalent) or degree. If you are intelligent, talented, willing to learn and work hard, we think you deserve the chance to prove yourself.


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Please note that this year, we will only be recruiting for training contracts through our vacation schemes. 

Applications open on 27 September 2021 and close on 3rd Decemebr 2021

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