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How does it all work?

How does it all work?

To apply for a 2023 training contract at WS you need to apply for either our Vacation Scheme or our Assessment Day.

All applications are screened by our Recruitment Manager, Jo Clark. We review all applications using blind screening and contextualised recruitment. First round interviews are conducted by Jo. These are competency-based interviews held at our London Bridge office. A shortlist of candidates is then given to our Training Partner to review. If you are successful at first interview you will be offered a place on our vacation scheme or our open day (whichever you applied for).

During the vacation scheme, you will be given various tasks to complete and you will have an interview with two of our partners.

On the Assessment Day you will undertake group and individual tasks and will be assessed by partners at the firm. If successful, you will be invited to an interview with two of our partners in the following week. Once the partner interviews have taken place we will decide who to offer our eight training contracts to.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 training contracts open in December 2021 and close on 31st May 2022. Please apply via our online application system.

We accept applications from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates.

How to Apply
Requirements

Requirements

We recruit 8 trainees a year and we pride ourselves on our high retention rate which means that most years we retain the majority of our trainees as NQs. Our trainees are usually from a variety of backgrounds, and each has the potential to thrive as a lawyer in our firm. You should be intelligent, personable, confident and committed.

You should have:

  • A strong academic record both at school and university
  • Attributes that demonstrate how you would make a positive contribution to the firm
  • An empathetic approach to clients
  • A clear business head
  • Evidence of interests and success in non-academic pursuits
  • The ability to think creatively and flexibly in a fast-paced and changing legal environment
Hints and tips for applying

Hints and tips for applying

  • Please make sure you check your application for grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Try to make your application stand out from the crowd by highlighting your skills and achievements inside and out of university. This is your chance to sell yourself!
  • Think about why you really want to work for Winckworth Sherwood rather than any other law firm and make sure that this comes across in your application
  • Try to apply before the deadline as we do review applications on a rolling basis
Hints and tips for applying

Florence

Florence

“I chose to train at Winckworth Sherwood for its diverse set of practice areas and the promise of a friendly, yet professional working environment. My expectations have been far exceeded to date.”

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Harry

Harry

“There’s a reason a large number of the firm’s Partners have trained here. The work is interesting, the clients are varied, and the staff – be it Partners or support staff – are all amazing in their efforts to help trainees as much as they can.”

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Joyce

Joyce

“It is no surprise to me that the majority of Trainees stay on and qualify at Winckworth Sherwood. The firm provides a wonderful working environment with a wide range of departments and incredible support for its Trainees. I have always felt valued as a member of not only each team I train in, but the firm as a whole.”

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Emre

Emre

“I was given a huge amount of responsibility from the start requiring precision, stamina and attention to detail. This is however carefully balanced by hands-on supervision and I worked closely with some extremely skilled and hardworking lawyers from whom I was able to learn and develop.”

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Hannah

Hannah

“Everyone at the firm is very friendly and you get a real sense that you are working as part of a team. For me, that really sets us apart from other city firms.”

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Samantha

Samantha

“I am proud to have been the trainee in the team when the HS2 Bill became the HS2 Act – something the team had been working on for many years!”

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Jennifer

Jennifer

“The workload and responsibility is proportionate to your experience, but beyond that you are respected as an important part of the firm’s framework.”

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Alex

Alex

“Rather than being relegated to the photocopier, you are trusted and supported to do work which is valued by clients and prepares you for life after qualification.”

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Theresa

Theresa

“It was clear to me that the team at Winckworth Sherwood understood their clients incredibly well which meant that they could always be relied on to deliver commercial and common sense solutions.”

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Awards & Accreditations

” They provide clear, easy to understand legal advice with pros and cons of different approaches. Most importantly however, the team really treats you as individuals and human beings – showing empathy and understanding during difficult times.”

“They are outstanding in their field.”