Mayer Brown Graduate Careers
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- Employer Mayer Brown
- Salary(Salary) Competitive
- Location London
- Vacancies 15 p/a
The AllAboutLaw perspective on Mayer Brown
While many law firms have offices worldwide and a multinational approach, Mayer Brown is one of the few that prioritises trainee experience just as highly as international expansion. The firm generated over £1.07 billion in revenue in 2020 (despite the COVID-19 pandemic) and works with several high profile clients, such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank.
While Mayer Brown may not be the largest firm in the world (although at 17th, it does come quite close), it’s the only firm to have more than 200 lawyers in its offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. These cities are the largest financial centres in the world, meaning trainees are exposed to clients all over the world, working on cases worth billions of pounds. The firm recently advised banks like Goldman Sachs and Barclays on a £4.9 billion financing, with lawyers in London working alongside those in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Palo Alto.
What the firm says
Mayer Brown is a thriving, multinational law firm, working with popular brands on multi-million pound deals. The firm even advised Nestlé (who own companies like Nescafé, KitKat and S. Pellegrino) on a £1.8 billion pound acquisition. While the firm primarily focuses on banking and finance law and dispute resolution, it’s also top ranked in every single one of its industries. This success is aided by the high quality of its lawyers. For instance, the firm’s International Trade team includes former trade negotiators, economists and ambassadors on their list of skilled lawyers. Completing a training contract at Mayer Brown allows you to work on large, international deals with legal experts, allowing you to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
- First year trainee£50,000
- Second year trainee£55,000
- GDL course fees paidYes
- GDL living costs grant£10,000
- UK Offices1, London
- NQ salary£120,000
- Degree 2:1
Given the firm’s multinational approach, they are keen to ensure diversity among their lawyers. Past trainees have praised the fact that “everyone is encouraged to express themselves” via affinity networks for marginalised groups and diversity councils. Trainees are also encouraged to get involved in pro-bono work, with past trainees assisting with food banks and reading to school children.
Trainees have praised the firm’s supportive network, commenting that there’s a focus on teamwork and it “feels like you’re doing it together.” They also receive plenty of responsibility and are encouraged to get outside of their comfort zone, with past trainees running meetings and working directly with clients.