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White & Case

Updated: February, 2017

About White & Case

White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. Our network of 39 offices provide the full range of legal services of the highest quality in almost every major commercial centre and emerging market. We are proud to represent some of the world's longest established and most respected names alongside many start-up visionaries. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.

In London, our key areas of work include

  • Banking, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency and Capital Markets (including Regulatory, High Yield and Securitisation)
  • Dispute Resolution (including Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Trade, White Collar and Construction)
  • Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance
  • Corporate (including M&A, Private Equity, Employment, Compensation and Benefits, Investment Funds, Real Estate and Tax)

White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.

Training contracts: September 2019 and March 2020

The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo. The remaining three seats will be spent in the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and senior associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.
Deadline: 31 July 2017.

Vacation schemes: Winter 2016, Spring & Summer 2017

We offer two-week vacation scheme placements over the winter, spring and summer holidays. The aim of our placements is to allow candidates the opportunity to gain experience of how a global law firm operates and to introduce them to the type of work our lawyers are involved in on a day-to-day basis. During the placements, candidates are invited to attend a number of informal presentations and group exercises as well as some fantastic social events. There are 20 places available on each scheme and remuneration is £400 per week.

Open days

You can apply to attend one of our London office open days for a useful insight into the Firm and the training we offer. We are holding open days on 24 November 2016 and 12 January 2017 for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates.

First year two-day insight scheme

As a first year student, you can apply for our insight scheme from 17-18 May 2017 which includes presentations, workshops and work-shadowing.

How to apply and deadlines

Apply online

Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates) - 12 – 21 December 2016 (deadline 2 November 2016)

Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates) - 3 - 13 April 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Summer vacation scheme 1 (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates) - 19 June –30 June 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Summer vacation scheme 2 (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates) - 10 July – 21 July 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Open days

24 November 2016 open day (deadline 10 November 2016), 12 January 2017 open day (deadline 14 December 2016)

First year two -day insight scheme - 17 - 18 May 2017 (deadline 31 March 2017)

Salary and benefits

Our trainees start at a salary of £44,000 rising to £48,000 in the second year. As a newly qualified lawyer you can expect a salary of £90,000.

The firm will cover your GDL and LPC fees with a maintenance grant.

In addition to our core benefits (including a personal pension plan, private medical insurance and life insurance) and flexible benefits (including cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan and dental insurance) every employee received a Health-Wellness account where you can be reimbursed up to £500 per year towards the cost of fitness activities, gym memberships and relaxation services.

Number of places

Placement: 80
Graduate: 50

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Contact details

020 7532 2899
5 Old Broad Street

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