White & Case LLP
White & Case is a global law firm of more than 2,000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 180 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.
As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career. In London, our key areas of work include: bank finance (including regulatory compliance); financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).
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What we look for
White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one and a willingness to take charge of their own career. We value globally-minded citizens of the world who are eager to work across borders and cultures, and who are intrigued by solving problems within multiple legal systems. 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 solid 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.
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, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and 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. White & Case is a 'high-stretch, high-support' workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success. 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.
The deadline to apply is 15 July 2021.
A vacation scheme provides a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a White & Case trainee. Playing an active part in the life of the London office you will receive real work from a dedicated supervisor, attend interactive, informative sessions and be given plenty of opportunities to network at social events.
- Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates): Monday 7 December – Friday 18 December 2020
- Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates): Monday 15 March – Friday 26 March 2021
- Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates): Monday 14 June – Friday 25 June 2021
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 for second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates. Please see the dates below.
- 11 November 2020 (deadline 1 November 2020)
- 25 November 2020 (deadline 15 November 2020)
First-year two-day insight scheme
As a first-year student, you can apply for one of our two-day insight schemes which will take place from 5-6 May or 12-13 May 2021. Over the course of the two days you will attend presentations, workshops and work-shadow a trainee.
White & Case Virtual Learning Programme
Our virtual learning programme offers the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into life as a White & Case trainee and experience the realities of cross-border law.
There is no cost to access the programme; it is self-paced to fit around your schedule, and no application form or legal knowledge is required. You'll gain insight into the fast-paced cutting-edge projects our lawyers and trainees work on, and gain valuable skills by undertaking true-to-life legal tasks. Participation in the learning programme will be recognised on our application forms, and it is a great way to demonstrate your interest in law and White & Case.
Wherever you are based, we want to give everyone the opportunity to get to know us.
- First year: £50,000
- Second year: £55,000
- Post-qualification: £130,000
We will cover your GDL and LPC fees and provide a maintenance grant of £7,500 for the GDL and £10,500 for the LPC.
We offer core benefits (including a pension, private medical insurance and life insurance) and flexible benefits (including cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan and dental insurance).
- Private medical insurance
- Life insurance
- Income protection
- Annual health assessment
- Wellness spending account up to £500
- Independent financial advice
- Employee assistance programme
- Face-to-face counselling
- Back-up family care
- Interest-free loan of up to £4,000
- Private dental insurance
- Private GP
- Critical illness cover
- Personal travel insurance
- Interest free season ticket loan for travel
- Cycle to work
- Tax-free charity giving