Case study

Cécile Wirxel — Trainee solicitor

Latham & Watkins

Cécile Wirxel studied BSc Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tübingen, followed by an MSc in Taxation at the University of Oxford. She’s now a trainee solicitor at Latham & Watkins

Why choose a career in law?

The wide-ranging skills required in law when drafting and critically analysing legal documents, working in a team and communicating with clients keep the work really interesting. I chose to become a corporate lawyer in particular because I enjoy assisting clients in achieving their business objectives by analysing potential legal issues that arise in the course of a transaction, and by understanding the clients’ commercial considerations.

What attracted you to Latham & Watkins?

Latham offers complex and high-caliber legal work in interesting practice areas on a global scale. The work is fascinating due to the variety of clients and industries in which Latham operates, as well as its international scope.
Moreover, I was drawn to Latham’s open and supportive culture, where people come first, and every opinion is valued, which I experienced first-hand during my vacation scheme. I work with colleagues with diverse backgrounds and experiences, which enables me to learn and draw from everyone’s experiences and allows us to find better and more innovative solutions for our clients.

Latham provides the perfect environment to thrive - supportive colleagues who are leaders in their field genuinely root for your success.

What were your first few days as a trainee like?

In addition to a three-week induction to help me bridge the gap from law school to practice, I also received practice area-specific training at the beginning of each of my seats. I realised quickly that there are no ‘typical days’. From day one I was given real, client-facing responsibility and was asked to assist on legal matters and transactions, including liaising with opposing counsel. This was slightly scary in the beginning, but I was supported by my team and quickly acclimatised. I really enjoyed this exposure.

Tell us about the training contract at Latham & Watkins…

You will rotate across four seats, out of which one must be in corporate and one in finance. Usually, you will be assigned to areas that interest you. A trainee mentor, an associate mentor, and a supervisor will support you. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on client or international secondment.

Why should future trainees consider Latham & Watkins?

At Latham you take on real responsibility on global matters from your first day, working on complex, market-shaping legal matters and deals. The smaller intake of trainees means there is no ceiling on responsibilities, which provides an opportunity for maximum personal and professional growth.

Latham’s people are truly interested in getting to know you, not just as a lawyer, but also as a person. There are also eight affinity groups for you to get involved with. If you have a mind-set that fits the firm’s entrepreneurial and ambitious spirit, then Latham is for you.

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