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Taylor Wessing Graduate Careers

Welcome to Taylor Wessing's law firm hub. Here you will find all of the essential information you need before making an application to this top law firm. 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Taylor Wessing

‘Superb’ ‘outstanding’ ‘strategic’ and ‘expert’ are just a selection of terms that have been applied to Taylor Wessing. With offices in over 17 jurisdictions, trainees get the chance to liaise with a range of diverse, high-profile clients. The firm’s team of specialists allure companies from start-ups to global brands. 

At Taylor Wessing, you’ll do more than just advise on law. Companies with innovative business models and emerging technologies seek the firm’s expert advice on how to remain competitive and distinctive. Trainees work with associates and receive client contact early on, so you’ll be at the heart of all the action. Seat options range from construction to IP and media, so your work will be diverse and varied.

Taylor Wessing are incredibly keen to give back to their community. Current initiatives include aiming to be carbon neutral in their operations by 2023, and a high level of involvement in pro bono work. The firm encourages each and every one of its employees to get involved in pro bono work, as it allows them to see the impact the law has on their local community. All trainees provide weekly advice at the Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre, and the firm are panel members of the Human Dignity Trust. 

Trainees at Taylor Wessing receive plenty of physical and emotional support. The firm has its own Wellbeing network, which hosts regular sleep clinics, yoga classes and lunchtime sessions with qualified doctors. All trainees automatically receive a free subscription to the Headspace app, and onsite counselling services provide great support. In recognition of these efforts, in November 2019, the firm won the best new entrant category for the FT and Vitality's Britain's Healthiest Workplace for medium-sized companies.

What the firm says

Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within their sectors, the firm works closely together with their clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. They challenge expectations and create extraordinary results.

Taylor Wessing works with clients in the world's most dynamic industries and helps them succeed by advising on their businesses throughout their life cycle. Specialising in technology, media and communications, life sciences, real estate, energy and infrastructure and private wealth, the firm acts for 32 of the world's top 50 brands; some of the world's most exciting start-ups and unicorns; and some of the world's wealthiest families. 

A diverse client base allows them to advise on more than just the law. They're a firm that encourage new ideas and different ways of doing things. Their experts play an essential role in advising clients on business growth and protection, while introducing them to new people, new markets and fresh perspectives that will help their businesses stand out and flourish. 

Collaboration is key to their success. They recruit a wide range of students including those who haven't studied Law.



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Academic requirements

Naturally, we expect you to be committed to a career in law, with a genuine passion to learn. Our people love what they do and want to contribute new ideas. They are team players who value and respect individuality, and the benefit of working in an inclusive environment. Qualifications are also important to us, and we look for a minimum of ABB grades at A level and a 2.1 degree in any discipline. We appreciate though that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper, that's why we use Rare Recruitment Contextual Recruitment System to consider everyone's achievements in context. We also take into account any mitigating circumstances. You should be confident, with good communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships. You’ll have the energy, ambition and creativity to take responsibility, challenge and make a difference.

Diversity interests

Creating an inclusive working environment and recognising the value diversity brings to the firm is key to the people strategy at Taylor Wessing. Diversity in all professions is very important and the legal profession is no exception. Taylor Wessing’s trainees are involved in shaping the firm’s culture through their inclusion networks. These cover: gender balance, LGBT+ inclusion, racial equality, social mobility and physical and mental health and wellbeing.