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Welcome to Willke Farr & Gallagher's law firm hub. Here you will discover more information about the firm, including detail on their practice areas, opportunities, and culture. 

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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, compliance, 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 five 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 25 lawyer recommendations in the Legal 500 2021, Willkie trainees are set up for success. Employers also receive great pastoral support, with groups aiming to support women and the LGBTQ+ community. There is also a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which introduces guest speakers discussing how to deal with racism, stress and anxiety. 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 £145,000 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 Spain in 2021. 

What the firm says

Willkie is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 lawyers in 13 offices in six countries. Willkie provides innovative, integrated legal and business solutions to companies and individuals across a wide spectrum of business areas, countries and cultures.

Trainees can expect to work with colleagues at other offices on multi-jurisdictional matters from the outset. Trainees will be “challenged, but in a supportive environment,” thriving at a firm where they interact with partners at all levels. Aside from client work, trainees can also experience pro-bono work and student mentoring opportunities.

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