White & Case is a global law firm of more than 2,000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 180 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.
As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career. In London, our key areas of work include: bank finance (including regulatory compliance); financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).
The training programme
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 solid 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.
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, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm 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 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.
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Virtual work experience
Gain an insight into the fast-paced work of our lawyers and trainees by enrolling in our virtual work experience programme. There is no application required and the programme is self-paced to fit around your schedule. This experience will be recognised on our application forms and it is a great way to demonstrate your interest in law and White & Case. Follow the link for more information and to register
Salary and benefits
Our trainees start on a salary of £48,000 rising to £53,000 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 and provide a maintenance grant of £7,500 for the GDL and £10,500 for the LPC.
The firm operates a flexible benefits scheme, which you can tailor to suit your particular lifestyle. Benefits include private medical insurance, dental insurance, life assurance, pension, critical illness cover, a health and wellness account of £500 for you to spend, and much more.
How to apply, dates and deadlines
Apply online at www.whitecasetrainee.com
Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)
Monday 9 December – Friday 20 December 2019 (deadline 6 November 2019)
Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 23 March – Friday 3 April 2020 (deadline 15 January 2020)
Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 15 June – Friday 26 June 2020 (deadline 15 January 2020)
The deadline for applications is 15 July 2020
Monday 11 November 2019 Middle Eastern (deadline 1 November 2019)
Wednesday 13 November 2019 (deadline 3 November 2019)
Wednesday 27 November 2019 (deadline 17 November 2019)
If you require any additional support throughout the recruitment process, please contact our Disability & Support Champions to discuss in confidence on 020 7532 2899 or at email@example.com.