Weil Gotshal & Manges Weil Gotshal & Manges

  • US Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 15

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 26

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 336 (London)




With approximately 1,100 lawyers across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.

Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The Firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.

Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The Firm’s people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the Firm’s culture.

Training Contract

Weil’s training contract is designed to help you reach your potential as quickly as possible through constant exposure to high calibre work. We take an open and transparent approach to progression with a structure that makes sure you get the best start to your legal career. As a trainee you will work on some of the most complex and sophisticated matters. The work will be varied, exciting and from the very start, you will be in the spotlight - tackling the problems our clients face.

During your training contract, you will complete four six month seats, one of which will be in corporate and one in finance. In each of your four seats, you will share an office with your supervisor, which means you will always have someone to guide you in your day-to-day work. The mentoring and support you receive as a Weil trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a partner mentor, who will be your go-to for advice and guidance throughout the full two years of your training.

Vacation Scheme

A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a Weil trainee. You will work alongside associates, carrying out real trainee tasks and responsibilities while gaining a greater insight into one of the Firm’s practice areas. You will be mentored and supported throughout the scheme, and to help you get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops. We also organise a number of social events, so you can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting. You can apply for a vacation scheme if you are able to start a training contract in 2023 or 2024. Rumuneration is £500 per week.

Insight days (in person)

Meet our people and get a better understanding of our Firm and culture. During an insight day you will hear from our trainees, associates and partners about life at Weil. You can apply for an insight day if you are an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate from any degree discipline. 


17 November 2021 (deadline 7 November 2021)

24 November 2021 (deadline 7 November 2021)

Virtual experience programme

Gain hands-on experience of the typical tasks a trainee would get involved in while working in our private equity, banking & finance and restructuring teams. This internship is free, self-paced and open to everyone. No application is required.


PGDL and SQE 1 & 2 fees are covered by the Firm and future trainees will receive a maintenance grant of £12,000 a year whilst studying.


Core benefits

  • Pension 

  • Private medical insurance

  • Income protection

  • Life assurance (death in service 4x annual salary)

  • Health assessment 

  • 25 days annual leave (increases by one day per year of service up to 28 days)

  • Birthday holiday

  • £500 wellbeing allowance (to spend on massages, gym memberships or relaxation classes) 

  • Annual eye test and £50 towards glasses

  • Private GP appointments 

  • Doctor@Hand online and telephone GP service

  • Registration to emergency childcare service

  • Employee assistance programme 

  • Psychotherapy sessions 

  • Free subscription to Unmind and Calm app

  • On-site gym 

  • Subsidised cafeteria 

Flexible benefits

In addition to the core benefits, we also offer flexible benefits:

  • Additional life assurance (up to a maximum of 10x annual salary)

  • Critical illness cover (and spouse cover) 

  • Enhanced private medical cover (to cover family)

  • Healthcare cash plan 

  • Wills@Work

  • Dental insurance

  • Buy or sell up to two days holiday

  • Interest free season ticket loan

  • Ride2Work cycle scheme

  • GAYE charity contribution

  • Tastecard 

  • Retail vouchers

  • On-site therapies, classes and services, plus corporate discounts

  • Future trainees who achieve a first class degree will receive a one off payment of £500


A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful candidates will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team. We are looking to recruit candidates from all universities and degree disciplines. Our academic requirements are AAB at A-Level or equivalent and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted). We review all application forms holistically, which means if you fall slightly short of our academic requirements but demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered.


Trainees start on a salary of £50,000 which increases to £55,000 in their second year, and on qualification will increase to £145,000. In addition to a £500 wellbeing allowance, the Firm offers a flexible benefits package which you can tailor to your individual needs.


Applications for vacation schemes, fast track schemes, insight days and training contracts can be accessed here. 

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