Taylor Wessing Taylor Wessing

  • City Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 20

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 36

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 1,800 + staff




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).

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.

Training Contract

Our award winning training (we won LawCareers.Net Best Trainer - Large City Firm 2017) 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.

Vacation Scheme

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 36 places in 2018 and the closing date for applications is 30th January 2018.

First Year Opportunities

Join us on our first year Trailblazing insight day on 27 March 2018 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.

Salary & Benefits


1st year: £40,000

2nd year: £44,000

Post qualification: £63,000

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


We look for team players with a minimum of AAB 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.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 89.8%

Vacation Scheme Score: 90.5%

Finalist - Best for Job Satisfaction - Training Contract

Finalist- Best Company Culture 

Finalist- Best Training Principal

Finalist- Best Level of Support - Training Contract 

Finalist- Best Training Contract – International or City Firm

Finalist- Top Law Firm for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes

Finalist- Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Training Contract 

Finalist- Best Social Media

Finalist- Best Training - Training Contract 



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

Our deadlines are:

First year insight day – 31st December 2017

Summer vacation scheme - 30 January 2018

Training contract - 30 April 2018

Open Day – 8th November 2017 (deadline 5th November 2017)

Open Day – 13th November 2017 (deadline 10th November 2017)

Open Day – 23rd November 2017 (deadline 20th November 2017)