Willkie Farr & Gallagher Graduate Careers
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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP originally started out as a US firm, but has now made its way across the pond with six offices across Europe. Focusing on anti-trust & competition; asset management; corporate insurance & capital markets; finance; litigation and, investigations & enforcement, private equity and restructuring…., to name but a few, new trainees will have plenty of support, given that Willkie’s first training contracts started in 2021. Small intakes of six trainees a year ensures a close-knit environment and early exposure to clients. As a current associate describes, “at Willkie you’ll be part of a small transactional deal team, which means you are often given a very high degree of responsibility from an early stage of your career, which gives you client exposure from day one.”
Winning ‘Most Impressive Investigation Practice of the Year’ at the GIR Awards 2020 and receiving 52 lawyer recommendations in the 2023 edictions of Chambers UK and Chambers Europe, Willkie trainees are set up for success. Employers also receive great pastoral support, with affinity groups representing the LGBTQI+ community, parents, the Jewish community and those with minority ethnic heritage, as well as the London Chapter of the Women’s Professional Development Committee. .. Current employers describe the environment as “supportive” and that “the partners are very invested in seeing that everyone at the firm achieves their potential and has a successful career.”
US law firms often come with the reputation that they work long, exhausting hours. While you’ll work hard at Willkie, you’ll be well supplemented with a £55,000 starting salary rising to £150,000 once you qualify. The perks aren’t just limited to the salary, with employees receiving an allowance for health and wellbeing, a book club, a ski trip and biannual parties. There is even a retreat every two years all European lawyers, with a trip to Portugal in 2023.
What the firm says
Willkie is an international law firm of approximately 1200 lawyers in 13 offices in six countries. We provide innovative, integrated legal and business solutions to companies and individuals across a wide spectrum of business areas, countries and cultures.
We provide English and US legal advice to UK, US and international market-leading public and private companies, investors and financial services institutions.
Willkie’s London’s office was founded in 1988 and is widely recognized as one of the leading transactions and disputes law firms in the UK.
Our team has grown to more than 130 partners and lawyers and regularly handle some of the most high-profile and complex international transactions and disputes in the market. Many of our lawyers are recognized as leaders in their field by the leading legal directories and third party publications and bring decades of experience to our clients’ businesses. Working closely with our colleagues in Europe and the U.S., we are committed to using our knowledge of the law to promote or defend our clients’ interests in the UK and beyond.
Willkie's principal areas of work in London are: asset management; business reorganization & restructuring; capital markets; competition & antitrust; competition litigation; litigation and investigations & enforcement; corporate insurance; finance; international arbitration; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; private equity and tax.
- 1st Year Trainee Salary£55,000
- 2nd Year Trainee Salary£60,000
- GDL Course Fees paidYes
- GDL/SQE Living Costs grant£17,500
- SQE course fees paidYes
- Retention rate100%
- UK Offices1 (London)
- NQ Salary£150,000
- A-Levels N/A
- Degree 2:1