Vinson & Elkins LLP - True Picture

Vinson & Elkins LLP

30 Fenchurch Street,
24th Floor,

  • Partners 15
  • Associates 34
  • Total trainees 8
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington DC.
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: Sarah Stockley, 020 7065 6016, [email protected]
  • Training partner: Mark Beeley, [email protected]
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 4
  • Applications pa: 400
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: AAB or equivalent
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 25 approx
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 1 November 2017
  • Training contract deadline, 2020 start: 31 July 2018
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 November 2017
  • Vacation scheme 2018 deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Open day deadline: Open now till 9 February 2018
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £50,000
  • Second-year salary: £55,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £120,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: £8,000 for GDL and LPC
  • International and regional 
  • Offices with training contracts: London
  • Overseas seats: Middle East, Asia, Houston
  • No. of seats available abroad pa: 4

Firm profile

Vinson & Elkins RLLP is one of the largest international law firms and has been repeatedly ranked as the world’s leading energy law firm. Founded in Houston in 1917 (and with an office in London for 46 years), Vinson & Elkins currently has over 700 lawyers with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Main areas of work

Cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate finance and securities advice (including London Main Market and AIM listings and international equity and debt capital markets), banking and finance, international energy transactions, construction, project development and finance transactions, litigation and arbitration and tax.

Training opportunities

The firm is looking for ambitious individuals with strong academic results, sound commercial awareness and rounded personalities. The ability to think laterally and creatively is essential, as is a need for common-sense and a willingness to take the initiative and assume responsibility from day one.

The firm currently offers four training contracts commencing each September. These are not run on a rigid seat system, but instead a trainee will gain wide experience in many different areas, working with a wide variety of associates and partners from across the firm. V&E is proud of the fact it has won several LawCareers.Net awards for the quality of its training with a further seven nominations.

Whilst the trainees are based in London, the firm is currently regularly seconding its trainees to other offices (particularly its offices in the Middle East, Asia and Houston).

Vacation scheme

We view vacation placements as a key part of our recruitment process. For summer 2018 apply by 31 January 2018, by way of online application form.

Other benefits

Private medical and dental, pension, season ticket loan, discounted gym membership, travel insurance, life assurance.

Open days and first-year opportunities

Open day on 21 March 2018 for first year law students or second year non-law students. Apply by email to [email protected] with your name, university, A-level results and stage of education. Deadline is 9 February 2018.

University law careers fairs 2017

Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Bristol, LSE, Durham

Social media

Twitter @VECareers