White & Case

The Legal Cheek View

White & Case has grown rapidly in London of late, increasing the number of training contracts it offers from 30 to 50 in recent years as it bids to go head-to-head with the magic circle. The financials are looking rosy too, with the corporate finance-focused US giant boosting turnover this year by 7.1% to a new record high of $1.63 billion (£1.31 billion).

$290 million (£232 million) of this figure came from the firm’s London office, up from $280 million (£224 million) last year, underlining the importance of the UK to White & Case. Certainly, working here is a very different experience to one of the many US firm London offices that offer just a handful of graduate places.

As it has grown White & Case has built out its London training infrastructure. Nevertheless, the lighter supervisory touch approach associated with American firms still applies to a certain extent. “I often get to both figure out and execute tasks all by myself - the responsibility is both scary and really good practice,” one W&C trainee tells us.

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 83%
Offices 38
Countries 29
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
B
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
C
Perks
A*
Office
A
Canteen
C
Social life
A

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.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:12am
Average leave time 8:33pm
Annual target hours 1,800
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £46,000
Second year trainee salary £50,000
Newly qualified salary £105,000
Profit per equity partner £1,640,000
GDL grant £7,500
LPC grant £7,500

Diversity

UK female associates 47%
UK female partners 20%
UK BME associates 37%
UK BME partners 28%