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Vinson & Elkins LLP

33rd Floor,

  • Partners 16
  • Assistant solicitors 23
  • Total trainees 7
  • Contact Sarah Stockley (020) 7065 6048
  • Method of application Online application form
  • Selection procedure Interview
  • Closing date for 2018 31 July 2016
  • Training contracts p.a. 3-4
  • Applications p.a. 400
  • % interviewed p.a. 10%
  • Required degree grade 2:1
  • Training salary  
  • 1st year £45,000
  • 2nd year £47,500
  • Holiday entitlement 25 days
  • % of trainees with a non-law degree p.a. 50%
  • No. of seats available abroad p.a. 4
  • Post-qualification salary £100,000
  • % of trainees offered job on qualification 100%
  • Overseas / Regional offices Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington DC

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 almost 45 years), Vinson & Elkins currently has over 700 lawyers with offices in Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh, San Francisco, 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.

Trainee profile

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.

Training environment

The firm currently offers three to 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 twice won LawCareers.Net awards for the quality of its training with a further six nominations. Whilst the trainees are based in London, the firm is currently regularly seconding its trainees to other offices (particularly its offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong and Houston).


Private medical and dental, pension, season ticket loan, life assurance.

Vacation placements

We view vacation placements as a key part of our recruitment process. For summer 2016 apply by 31st January 2016, by way of online application form.

Sponsorship & awards

The firm pays all GDL and LPC course fees and a discretionary stipend (of up to £7,200) to assist with the LPC year.