Taylor Wessing

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 an impressive sweep of A*s and As in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18.

The jewels in the crown are quality of work and tech-savvy. High profile clients, including Spotify and Google, generate the sort of high profile and challenging instructions that lawyers dream of, across sexy areas of law like intellectual property, media and competition law. At its best, being a Taylor Wessing trainee is “incredibly interesting”. At the same time, we’re told that the work “varies seat to seat”, and that in areas such as corporate and litigation there can be lots of bundling and photocopying. Nevertheless, the ratio between challenging work and grunt work is generally regarded as pretty good.

Taylor Wessing’s closeness to the tech scene is such that since 2011 it has been operating, in addition to its London HQ, a small office out of the Second Home workspace in Shoreditch, east London, while its Cambridge office has been the firm develop close ties with top academics specialising in legal tech research. It’s no surprise, then, that the firm has been at the forefront of trialling some of the new artificial intelligence (AI) software that has hit the market over the last year. Among others, Taylor Wessing is working with Brainspace, a machine learning platform, for UK litigation analysis. The firm has also been developing its own AI products internally through its ‘TW: navigate’ programme.

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Key Info

Training contracts 24
Latest trainee retention rate 62%
Offices 33
Countries 20
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Quality of work
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Partner approach-ability
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Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK.


Average arrival time 8:39am
Average leave time 7:15pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £44,000
Newly qualified salary £63,000
Profit per equity partner £481,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 58%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates 8%
UK BME partners 9%

Universities Current Trainees Attended