Legal

We focus on providing our trainees with high-quality legal training and daily exposure to broader business skills.

With 3,500 lawyers in over 90 countries, we have one of the most extensive legal services networks in the world. 

Because of the way our business is structured, we're able to provide our clients rounded solutions, incorporating multidisciplinary advice from our wider business areas. 

Our multidisciplinary approach means you could find yourself working alongside other advisers within PwC – such as Tax Advisers, Management Consultants, and Accountants. The wide range of expertise we expose our trainees to is what makes PwC a really exciting place to launch your career.

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About our Legal practice
Legal is an exciting place to launch your legal career. With 3,500 lawyers in over 90 countries, we have one of 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.
Our Services
Tax Disputes
Providing specialist advice in corporate and general tax, indirect and environmental taxes.

Corporate Structuring
Advising FTSE 100, multinational and other international groups on corporate and commercial, domestic and cross-border structuring and financing projects.

Entity Governance and Compliance
Supporting international business with all aspects of compliance and governance issues.

Intellectual and Information Technology
Advising business, from start-ups to multinational companies, on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues relating to technology, brands and content.

Banking
Working with borrowers and lenders on a range of matters, from the negotiation of bank facilities, to fund acquisitions of properties to intragroup financing.

Employment
Advising on complex UK and international HR projects, and acting on contentious and non-contentious matters. Our employment team won The Legal 500 UK awards 2017 HR law firm of the year.

Private Client
Advising international individuals and families on structuring their business and personal assets to protect such assets, and transferring wealth between generations.

Commercial Fraud
Advising clients who are facing investigations and prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office and other regulatory authorities, and providing regulatory and legal advice on compliance with legislation - such as the Bribery Act.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Advising sellers, buyers and management teams on UK domestic and cross-border business.

Pensions
Offering a wide range of pension advice, from implications of corporate restructuring, to tax efficient retirement benefits for executives.

Commercial
Drafting and negotiating complex contracts.

Commercial and Regulatory Disputes
Representing clients on a broad range of commercial disputes.

Real Estate
Advising on complex real estate structuring and acquisitions, management and disposals.

Cyber Security and Data Protection
Providing business-critical support on data protection, privacy, confidentiality and security matters to businesses, governments and public authorities all over the world.
Inside work
We work hard as a team to deliver our clients the highest levels of service.

Professionalism remains at the heart of everything we do, but we’re neither stuffy nor stifling. Our open-plan office fosters a collaborative atmosphere and avoids any hierarchy, and our strong support network means there’s always someone to go to for help or advice. Our trainees play a hugely important role in helping us achieve our growth plans, so we want to help them develop into the best lawyers possible, and make sure they’re proud of PwC.
Outside work
Many law firms talk about work-life balance, but it’s genuinely an integral part of our culture at PwC.

Although there will be times when you’ll have to work late, or be under pressure to help your team complete a deal, we believe in the importance of enjoying what we do. As well as promoting a collaborative working environment, we also encourage our trainees to join sports teams and take part in activities outside of the office.

From netball to badminton, football to squash, there’s a huge variety of sports teams you could join. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people from across the many different business areas, as well as your legal colleagues who you may find yourself working alongside on future projects. Many of the sports teams play in the annual Corporate Games and there are even some opportunities to go on tour abroad.
Social
Our seven-a-side football team meets every Thursday night to play other PwC teams and law firms on our pitch in Holland Park – we even won the cherished PwC Cherry Cup a few years ago!

The annual JP Morgan Fun Run has become a key fixture in our sporting calendar – with around 40 people from Legal joining the 400 strong PwC team to participate in the 5.6k race at Battersea Park.

Our ‘alphabet’ dinners, where trainees sample food from all over the world (where each cuisine starts with a different letter of the alphabet), are always a hit.

We have lots of impromptu cocktail nights, an annual quiz night, and summer and Christmas parties – black tie affairs, which are also the biggest dates in our social calendar. These events are an opportunity for staff at all levels to socialise together.
Culture
As Legal is part of the worldwide PwC network, we can offer you the kind of opportunities and responsibilities your talent deserves. We combine the best of both worlds. While our international network is unparalleled in its global reach, in the UK we’re not so large as to be impersonal. Our culture is one of respect and helping our people be the best they can be. An important part of serving our clients and developing our lawyers often involves working closely alongside other professionals in PwC. Our clients are looking for rounded solutions incorporating multi-disciplinary advice. We focus on quality of training, daily exposure to wider business skills and the highest standard of client work. Combined with our ambitious growth plans, this makes us an exciting place to launch your career.

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Careers in PwC Legal - Chris

Hear from Chris who joined PwC's Legal practice and sits in our Commercial and Regulatory Disputes team. Learn about the fraud investigations he works on for our clients and why it's a great time to join.

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Summer vacation scheme

To get a training contract with us, you’ll need to complete our summer vacation scheme. The three-week schemes for students run in June and July and will help you decide whether a career with us is right for you.

You’ll rotate across three different practice groups, carry out research, draft legal documents and attend client meetings. Do well and you’ll be offered a training contract with us – the start date will be flexible where possible.

Starting out in your chosen career will be exciting, stretching and challenging. But the rewards are well worth it. If you’re ready to invest plenty of effort, commitment, flexibility and passion, we’re ready to give you our full support and invest in your future.

If you’re working towards a professional qualification you’ll have time off to study, and once you’ve finished the training contract, we’ll carry on helping you develop your career with us. All routes offer you the opportunity to grow as an individual, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships that will stay with you for life. In return we need people who are resilient, willing to work hard, quick to learn, and who, above all, are passionate about going the extra mile to help our clients.

What is our 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. 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.
What you'll do
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.
Development
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.
Training Contract
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.

Our training contract is divided into four six month seats. We offer the opportunity to indicate seat preferences before each seat rotation which are accommodated as far as possible. You’ll also receive extensive training internally on business development and networking, management and interpersonal skills. We look for ambitious, motivated people with the drive to become the leading lawyers of the future. Then we commit to helping them fulfil that potential.

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, Cyber & Data Privacy, New Law, IP/IT, Pensions, Real Estate and Tax Litigation. You may also complete a seat in Dubai.

Our development programme includes:
  • A comprehensive induction covering our strategy, core practice groups, client care, time management skills, and IT skills, and research resources
  • Support to gain professional qualification – you’ll take the core and electives modules of the Professional Skills Course (PSC) during your training contract
  • A range of electives modules for the PSC during your fourth seat – all your own preferences
  • Extensive internal training, including technical seminars and soft skills courses
  • Your own mentor from among our third or fourth seat trainees who will
  • be there to guide you right from the start
  • Continuous feedback from your supervisor – either a partner or an assistant solicitor
  • Regular appraisals to set objectives and assess your progress, giving you tips and guidance along the way
  • Exceptional prospects as you develop along a path shaped to fit with your goals as well as the ever-changing needs of our business. Throughout your training contract, and when you qualify, you’ll take on more responsibility and extend your client network and technical expertise. What’s more, PwC’s Legal Services has big growth plans and joining us now will put you in an ideal position to grow with us.

Your reward
Grants

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 required). 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 2018/2019 academic year we’ll pay the following:
  • Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL) – £7,000 plus fees
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) – £7,000 plus fees

Trainee reward

We offer all our people an impressive reward package, including a competitive salary. In 2017 the starting salary for Legal trainees was £39,000, and for those in their second year it was £44,000.

Summer Vacation Scheme reward

You’ll receive a highly competitive wage for the three weeks you’re with us.
What we look for
We generally recruit two years in advance for trainee solicitors however we are flexible and allow applications from penultimate year (and onwards) law students and final year (and onwards) non-law students.
  • At least a 2:1 or be on target for a 2.1 in any degree discipline
  • A keen interest in business law

Application deadlines
  • Closing date for Summer Vacation Scheme applications is the 30 January 2019

Your training programme
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 have the opportunity to take on early responsibility. 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 our Partners and 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 – such as Tax Advisers, Human Capital Consultants and Accountants. Thanks to our wide range of expertise and resources, we can offer our lawyers a uniquely rewarding working environment.

Secondment opportunities

You may also get the opportunity to take a secondment to another area of PwC, helping you to get the exposure you need to develop your skills, and broaden your understanding of the business.
Events
Legal presentation evening - 5 November London

“My training contract with PwC has been great so far! I’ve gained experience with our market‑leading Tax Disputes team, and experience with our integrated Real Estate team. I’m also very excited to begin my six-month secondment to our Dubai office in the Middle East starting in September. My career at PwC is exciting and diverse – there are so many opportunities and experiences to be involved in that it’s almost impossible to get bored!”

Andrew, Trainee Solicitor