The Legal Cheek View
Through a combination of its top-rated technology practice and high profile sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize, Taylor Wessing has managed to achieve something extremely rare for a corporate law firm: coolness. But how does the perception live up to the reality? Surprisingly well, it turns out, with Taylor Wessing scoring a highly impressive sweep of A*s and As in all but one category of the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.
The training is great – and extremely thorough – with a two week training period before you start in your first seat, and then department specific training within each seat. Rookies are granted a high degree of responsibility with some of the work done by the firm for high profile clients including Spotify and Google described as “incredibly interesting”. On other days, though, there can be lots of bundling and photocopying, but the ratio between challenging work and grunt work is generally regarded as pretty good.
Partners are said to be “busy yet approachable” and the vibe among trainees is apparently excellent. One tells us: “The great thing about moving departments is becoming friends with new trainees and they are always there for support.” The camaraderie often continues outside work, with a regular drinks scene. It helps that the work/life balance is some of the best in the City. However, be warned if you are in corporate or finance, “where you could be paid a lot more for the hours you're doing”.
The office is lovely, with great views over legal London and the City. What’s more, it has a canteen that puts many restaurants to shame. Meanwhile, the perks are first rate, with free dinner after 8pm, generously subsidised membership and free tickets regularly made available to some of the glamorous events that Taylor Wessing sponsors.
This would be trainee solicitor paradise if it wasn’t for the low international secondment opportunities. With 30 offices in 23 different countries, we’d expect Taylor Wessing to score well in this category but insiders tell us few rookies get the chance to spend time abroad. Ah well, you can’t have everything.