Watson Farley & Williams LLP Watson Farley & Williams LLP

  • International Law Firms
  • London



Watson Farley & Williams LLP is an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.  We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate. We have offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Singapore and Sydney.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values, which rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity. Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service in combination across borders and locally through a deep understanding of local business customs and culture.

Within our core sectors of energy (conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, mining and commodities), real estate and transport (aviation, maritime and rail) plus associated infrastructure, we provide a full suite of legal services including finance, capital markets, corporate, construction, planning, employment, public law, regulatory and competition and dispute resolution.

Salary & Benefits

First year salary currently £45,000 and second year salary currently £48,000.  Benefits include 25 days holiday, private medical insurance, £250 annual sports club contribution, interest free season ticket loan, subsidised staff restaurant, life assurance, income protection, critical illness scheme, employee assistance programme, and flexible benefits scheme for other selections.


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 haven't yet graduated – or equivalent. We also ask for at least ABB from A level results, 34 points from IB or their equivalent if you have taken other qualifications. As well as academic achievement, we particularly value applicants with clear initiative, drive and self-awareness. These are all qualities you will have the chance to demonstrate at one of our assessment centres, as part of the application process.

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