Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
SJ Berwin is an international corporate firm. Much of our work is international and clients range from major multinational business corporations and financial institutions to high net-worth individuals. As a result, we have established a strong reputation in corporate finance. Over the past year we have won a number of awards including, for the eleventh successive year, Law Firm of the Year (Fund Formation) at the Private Equity International Awards.
With offices in Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Shanghai we have over 156 partners and 368 fee-earners.
Areas of work
The firm was created and continues to thrive as a leading-edge legal services business, focusing on the European and international market place. Our clients are sophisticated buyers of legal services, principally entrepreneurial companies and financial institutions. We have a wide range of practice areas including mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets, private equity, venture capital, investment funds, real estate, finance, energy & natural resources, EU competition & regulatory, tax, financial markets, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, litigation, commercial, intellectual property, reconstruction & insolvency, employment and pensions. To find out more please visit: www.sjberwin.com
The two year training contract consists of four six-month seats, with trainees spending two seats (which may include a seat abroad) within mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets, private equity, venture capital and private funds. We are keen to give you early responsibility and trainees are generally assigned a partner and associate as supervisors who will monitor your progress and development. You will be fully supported throughout your training contract.
We have 40 vacancies for training contracts commencing in August 2015 or February 2016
We offer an Easter scheme and two summer schemes. You will be in one practice area for the duration of the scheme where you will gain hands-on legal experience and have the support of a supervising trainee, associate and partner. Every morning begins with a different practice area talk to enable you to understand what type of work the firm is involved with and the responsibilities fee-earners in those areas have. However, it’s not all work! Apart from a fun negotiation game, we also organise various evening social events throughout the scheme so you can get to know trainees and partners.
We hold a number of open days in December and January. These are informal events designed to give you an insight into the work, people and culture of the firm. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible after 1 October as places become filled quickly.
How to apply
We welcome applications from all degree disciplines.
To apply you must be in your penultimate year of a law degree, a final year non-law undergraduate or a graduate.
All applications must be made using the firm’s on-line form available at www.sjberwin.com/gradrecruit
The same form can be used to indicate your interest in an open day, vacation scheme and/or training contract.
The closing date for applications is:
31 January 2013 for Easter/summer vacation schemes 2013
31 July 2013 for training contracts commencing in August 2015/February 2016
We are looking for individuals with a strong academic record. You will be on track for or have achieved a 2:1 or equivalent degree, have an interest in law in a commercial context and are a self-motivated team player with good analytical skills.