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Watson Farley & Williams keeps all 15 autumn NQs

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International outfit posts perfect 100% retention score

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has confirmed that all of its 15 trainee solicitors have opted to stick around post-qualification.

After trumpeting a perfect autumn retention score of 100%, the firm revealed that four newly qualified lawyers (NQs) will join its energy department. Three are asset finance bound, while a further three will join its corporate team. Employment, litigation, real estate and tax are all gaining a new associate, and the final NQ will start life as a lawyer at WFW’s finance division in Singapore. All 15 are on permanent contracts.

Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that the outfit’s new legal talent will earn a salary of £70,000, having previously trousered £46,000 as second year trainees. This equates to a rise of £24,000 or 52%.

Commenting on the retention result, WFW’s graduate recruitment and development manager, Lucie Rees, said:

We have always been pleased that we have kept on a high percentage of our qualifying trainees over the years, offering a variety of NQ roles across our different practice areas and offices. It is particularly exciting this year that we have been able to offer roles which have been accepted by all 15 of our qualifying trainees.

The firm — which dishes out around 18 training contracts each year — has 14 offices across 11 countries, most recently in Dubai. For City law history buffs out there, WFW actually began life in the early 80s as a breakaway from Norton Rose’s (now Norton Rose Fulbright) shipping practice. The outfit has since developed a solid reputation in a number of key corporate areas including: aviation finance, renewable energy and shipping law.

Turning to WFW’s performance in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, the firm scored A*s for its canteen and its international secondment opportunities (around half of the firm’s staff are based overseas). It also gained As for quality of work, peer support, partner approachability and perks.

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46 Comments

Anonymous

Very well done, 15 of 15 is strong.

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Anonymous

Good shop.

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Who?

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What?

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When?

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why?

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Anonymous

68k – not too shabby

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Akin Gump NQ

LOL.

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Anonymous

Not maintain contact with people outside of work – LOL.

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Akin Gump NQ

I leave by 7pm 3-4 times a week mate. But by all means keep getting paid peanuts.

LOL indeed.

Akin Gump Partner

Your evening and weekend capacity is not being utilised sufficiently then. Not the attitude our stateside overlords expect. You’re fired.

Anonymous

I think you’d struggle to hit your bonus on those hours, assuming you keep your job.

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Anonymous

The 68 figures out of date.

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Anonymous

What is it now?

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Anonymous

70. At least, that’s what I was offered.

Anonymous

WFW is one of those firms that seems to be a great place to work at. They punch well above their weight.

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Anonymous

Shame about the pay. Even shops like Reed Smith and Norton Rose now pay more at NQ. 😂

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Anonymous

Strong.

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Anonymous

@Akin Gump – ‘I leave by 7pm 3-4 times a week mate.’

I highly, highly doubt it.

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Anonymous

I think he meant a year.

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Akin Gump Partner

I think he meant am, the next morning.

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US 2PQE

Aww, look at all the cute triggered English shop NQs, missing out on the US dolla train.

Should’ve studied harder at uni fellas.

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Anonymous

Don’t need the US$ train and wouldn’t want the hours. I am still on enough money to go out and eat and/or drink as often as I like (and have time to do it), go on 5 holidays abroad every year, and still pay the bills plus save a bit on top. I have hours good enough to properly enjoy it too. Perhaps I’m not tucking away an extra £2k a month, but that isn’t the priority for my late 20s / early 30s. Life is there to experience, not to build wealth.

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Anonymous

At most City shops of all description corporate associates (and other transactional) work long hours consistently. How much worse can US actually be?

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Anonymous

I do contentious work so perhaps for me it is different as my hours are predictable. Might be a different story if I was in a transactional area – for those doing silly hours on 60/70something I see the US firm argument.

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Anonymous

60/70? weak.

Join banking – 80 hr per WEEK

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Anonymous

I think you would be surprised.

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Anonymous

Out of interest, what’s the approximate salary you’re getting paid? It sounds like you’re living a very good life.

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Anonymous

I’m on about 75, but no student loan or pension contributions so it equates to a reasonable amount after tax.

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Anonymous

On 68k you’d get about 4000 a month after tax. I guess you could live the above life on that.

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Anonymous

Of course you can….and not be able to buy property in LDN

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Anonymous

Er… 500k property

Mortgage loan – 280k (4.5 times salary)
Help to buy equity loan – 200k
Deposit from Bank of mum and dad – 20k.

Done.

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Anonymous

Rekt.

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Anonymous

Not enough for a Clapham Common 2 bed though is it?

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Anonymous

Yuck, wouldn’t want to live there lol. Full of early 20-something year old Aussies and rugby types.

Anonymous

I was thinking the same question.

You either go full Chelsea/Fulham or you die tryin’.

Anonymous

Some of my univerity coursemates are at US firms. Granted they did work harder, although we got the same marks.

Maybe they enjoyed the hours – probably a good thing.

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Anonymous

Pay. Always about MC v US pay. Every fucking solicitor thread.

So many commercial sols really are tedious little bottom feeders.

(Apologies to all the decent ones who post about achieving a decent work-life balance. But fuck off to anyone who writes “dolla”.)

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Anonymous

Money makes the world go round my friend. Hop on or get off.

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Anonymous

Christ.

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Chestbrah

Get swole or die mirin’!

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Anonymous

All this talk in here makes me wonder how many people in here are actually solicitors at such firms. I mean sitting there bragging about how much you earn is a bit immature isn’t it?

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Anonymous

No – it’s what people have been doing since the dawn of capitalism.

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Anonymous

How many? Zero.

99% of all comments on LC are written by ~10 people, who are all notorious banter fiends.

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Anonymous

They’re just kids getting overexcited and showing off.

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Adam Deen

No one has ever lied in a LC comment about where they work. Fact.

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