PwC Legal is an exciting place to launch your legal career. With more than 2,000 lawyers in over 80 countries, we have the most extensive legal services network in the world. What’s more, although we’re independent, our services are embedded within the powerful, multi-disciplinary capabilities and broad geographic footprint of a global professional services leader. Our links to PwC mean we can offer our clients rounded solutions incorporating multi-disciplinary advice. And as PwC has over 17,000 employees in the UK, we can give you an unrivalled, ready-made network on your first day at the firm. Yet we’re not so large in the UK as to be impersonal. You’ll feel respected and encouraged to be the best you can be – thanks to the quality of our legal training plus daily exposure to the highest standards of work and broad business skills.
We’re able to deliver a superior client experience and more than just legal services, in a range of areas including:
As a trainee solicitor, you’ll enjoy exposure to client work and the chance to take on early responsibility.
You'll play an integral part of the team you join, taking a hands-on approach to projects making a valuable contribution. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry. Our constant coaching, development and support means you‘ll never feel like you’re on your own.
Although your practical experience will differ in each practice group, you’ll always play a key role, working closely with the partners and assistant solicitors. Along the way, you’ll hone strong business advisory skills including networking, client relationship development and negotiation skills. Whether clients need general legal advice or complex legal and commercial expertise, you’ll think laterally, gain practical experience and help us deliver creative solutions.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills across a wide range of our practice groups.
At the same time, exposure to the diverse skill sets of professionals in PwC will help you hone strong business advisory skills. You’ll also develop lateral thinking skills, gain practical, hands-on experience at a very early stage in your traineeship and be part of teams delivering creative solutions.
Not only are our services integrated with PwC’s, several of our partners are also ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. That means you’ll be training in a stimulating, multifaceted environment and learning from exceptional people. So as well as legal expertise, you’ll build strong business advisory skills – invaluable in a world where business and legal issues are increasingly intertwined. You’ll be training in a stimulating, multifaceted environment and learning from exceptional people. You’ll quickly gain practical, hands-on experience and lateral thinking skills as part of teams generating creative ways to tackle complex problems. The practice groups you could work in include Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Fraud, Corporate Structuring, Employment, Immigration, Intellectual Property & Information Technology, Pensions, Real Estate and Tax Litigation. You may also complete a seat in Dubai.
Our development programme includes:
Your training experience
We look for ambitious, motivated individuals with the drive to become the leading lawyers of the future. Then we commit to helping them realise that potential. We do this by providing:
Early responsibility - You’ll enjoy exposure to a great variety of client work and the chance to take on responsibility early. And not just with the day-to-day administrative tasks. That would be a waste of your talent and potential. Instead, as an integral member of the team, you’ll take a hands-on approach to client engagements and make a valuable contribution. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry. Our comprehensive coaching, development and support means you’ll never feel like you’re on your own.
Senior exposure - You’ll work closely with the partners and assistant solicitors. Along the way, you’ll hone strong business advisory skills, including networking, client relationship and negotiation skills. You’ll be encouraged to think laterally, gain practical experience and help us deliver creative solutions to our clients.
Shared expertise - Our solicitors often work directly alongside other advisers within PwC, whether they be tax advisers, human capital consultants, corporate finance experts, actuaries, management consultants or, of course, accountants. Thanks to resources like this, we can offer our lawyers a uniquely rewarding working environment.
If we accept you for a legal training contract, you'll get a scholarship award to help with the costs of the Graduate Diploma in Law Course and the Legal Practice Course. If successful, we’ll pay your course and examination fees, and contribute substantially towards your living expenses. We make the payments in three equal instalments.
For the 2014/2015 academic year we’ll pay the following:
We offer all our people an impressive reward package, including a competitive salary. In 2014 the starting salary for Legal trainees was £37,000, and for those in their second year it was £41,000.
Summer vacation scheme
Our three-week paid Summer Vacation Scheme is a great way to find out how we work and see for yourself the ways in which we’re truly unique in the legal marketplace, gaining valuable legal work experience during your time with us. And you’ll get a highly-competitive wage while you’re here. You’ll have the opportunity to join client meetings and calls, conduct research, practise legal drafting, join our seminar and training programme and work directly alongside our lawyers. The scheme is our principal route towards securing a training contract with us.
We generally recruit two years in advance for trainee solicitors (but we aim to be flexible) and therefore focus on penultimate year law students and final year non-law students.
Please note PwC Legal principally recruits Trainees through our Summer Vacation Schemes. The next available scheme is the Summer Vacation 2015. All successful applicants from the 2015 scheme will be offered a Training Contract to join in 2016 or more usually 2017. Click here to find out more.