Goodwin - True Picture


100 Cheapside,

  • Partners 27
  • Associates 85
  • Total trainees 13  
  • 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: 8-10
  • Applications pa: 500
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 or other
  • Minimum UCAS points or A levels: AAB
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 20
  • Dates and deadlines  
  • Training contract applications open: 1 January 2020
  • Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 31 July 2020
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 December 2019
  • Vacation scheme 2019 deadline: 10 January 2020
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £46,000
  • Second-year salary: £50,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 27 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: 
  • GDL: £8,000
  • LPC: £10,000

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. We have more than 1,200 corporate and litigation lawyers worldwide. 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. Our growing London office is home to more than 100 lawyers who provide an integrated legal service offering across offices and geographies.

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 eight to ten 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 6-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 2022 intake of trainees. We will be accepting applications for summer 2020 vacation schemes from 1st December 2019 through to 10th January 2020.

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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 2019

• Bristol University: 3rd October 2019
• Nottingham University: 21st October 2019
• Cambridge University: 24th October 2019
• King’s College London: 23rd October 2019
• Oxford University: 9th November 2019
• London School of Economics: 22nd October 2019
• Durham University: 19th November 2019

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2019

Ranked Departments

    • Real Estate Finance (Band 6)
    • Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market (Band 1)
    • Investment Funds: Private Equity (Band 3)
    • Investment Funds: Real Estate (Band 2)
    • Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment (Band 3)