Goodwin - True Picture


100 Cheapside,

  • Partners 23
  • Associates 58
  • Total trainees 5  
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices 9
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: Kerry Dawson, [email protected], 020 7447 4285
  • Training partner: Ed Hall
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 6
  • Applications pa: 400
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 or other
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: AAB
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 14
  • Dates and deadlines  
  • Training contract applications open: 1 January 2019
  • Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 31 July 2019
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 December 2018
  • Vacation scheme 2019 deadline: 11 January 2019
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £44,000
  • Second-year salary: £48,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: £7,000

Firm profile

Goodwin is a Global 50 law firm with offices in Boston, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Excelling at complex and sophisticated transactional work and precedent-setting, bet-the company litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximise opportunities, manage risk and move their business forward. The firm hires talented, motivated people committed to excellence, innovation, collaboration and client service and believes that every lawyer and staff member deserves a supportive, meritocratic environment in which people of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to excel and thrive.

Main areas of work

Private equity, private investment funds, finance, real estate industry, technology and life sciences, tax.

Training opportunities

Goodwin’s London office recruits six trainees each year and offers a variety of training in our core practice areas including tech and life sciences, private equity, private investment funds and real estate.

Our size and continued growth allow us to offer our trainees and associates increased responsibility and meaningful client contact from the outset. We work in small teams, which gives our lawyers the opportunity to work directly with, and be mentored by, senior colleagues, and to develop a network that will be an invaluable part of their future career development.

Goodwin trainees will complete four six-month seats.

Vacation scheme

The Goodwin summer vacation scheme provides real insight into what it is like to train and work at Goodwin and gives us a window to get to know students better.

Students will witness first-hand the work we do for our clients by shadowing associates, attending client and business unit meetings, and attending information sessions focussed on the work of each practice area in the London office.

Students will leave our programme with valuable mentors and a large professional and social network.

Goodwin will run two summer vacation schemes, from which we will recruit a proportion of our 2021 intake of trainees. We will be accepting applications for summer 2019 vacation schemes from 1 December 2018 through to 11 January 2019.

To apply please visit

Other benefits

Private medical insurance, dental insurance, life assurance, group income protection, pension scheme, season ticket loan, Employee Assistance Programme, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers.

University law careers fairs 2018

• Bristol University – 4 October 2018
• Nottingham University – 15 October 2018
• Cambridge University – 18 October 2018
• King’s College London – 24 October 2018
• Oxford University – 3 November 2018
• Durham University – 20 November 2018
• London School of Economics – 30 November 2018

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2018

Ranked Departments

    • Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market (Band 1)
    • Investment Funds: Private Equity (Band 3)
    • Investment Funds: Real Estate (Band 3)