White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an enviable network of 43 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 159 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.
The training programme
The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, Tashkent and Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and senior associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work.
Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. White & Case is a “high-stretch, high-support” workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success. We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.
What we are looking for
White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one and a willingness to take charge of their own career. We value globally-minded citizens of the world who are eager to work across borders and cultures, and who are intrigued by solving problems within multiple legal systems. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.
Salary & benefits
Our trainees start on a salary of £46,000 rising to £50,000 in the second year. As a newly qualified lawyer you can expect a salary of £105,000.
The firm will cover your GDL and LPC fees with a £7,500 maintenance grant for each course.
The firm operates a flexible benefits scheme, through which you can select the benefits you wish to receive, such as private medical insurance, dental insurance, group income protection, life assurance, pension, critical illness insurance, travel insurance, retail vouchers and gym membership.
You will be entitled to up to three months leave on qualification.
How to apply & deadlines
Apply online at www.whitecasetrainee.com by 31 July 2018 for a September 2020 or March 2021 training contract
Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)
Monday 11 – Thursday 21 December 2017 (deadline 5 November 2017)
Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 19 – Thursday 29 March 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)
Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)