Our People Stories

We’re confident that you can achieve your full potential as a trainee at Latham. But don’t just take our word for it ...

 

Katie Henshall

I definitely felt quite nervous when I first joined Latham. If I could go back, I’d tell myself to remember that everyone is in the same position and feels exactly the same. I found both training and spending time with the rest of my intake to be really beneficial. So far, I’ve sat in banking and litigation in London, and I’m currently sat in general finance with the Hong Kong team. I’m only two days in, and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Luke Vaz

The reality of being at a big firm like Latham is that you’re given real responsibility from day one. That’s what’s helped me to get the best out of myself. Firm mentors are great for answering any questions you might have, and they offer good advice. The supervisors have all had trainees before, and they’re all really understanding of the demands on us.

Hafza Hussein

Attending an open day convinced me to apply for a vacation scheme at Latham. I did four vacation schemes at different firms in total, and Latham’s refreshing, entrepreneurial culture appealed to me the most. My advice to any student would be to do a vacation scheme! You’ll gain great insight into the work that lawyers do and the culture of a firm.

Jacopo Siamak Eftekhar Zonouzi

I really like the variety of commercial law practice areas at Latham . Every day is different here, and, while the nature of the work you do might be similar, the demands of each project varies. This creates an ideal environment for a trainee to learn as much as you can and to gain exposure to as much new work as possible. Most importantly, the firm’s diversity presented different ways of thinking and ideas that I wouldn’t have encountered at other firms.

Amy Simmons

The firm’s excellent reputation, as well as its culture, training style, and smaller intake really appealed to me. I was quite nervous on my first day, but everyone here has been really friendly. The smaller intake meant we all got to know each other pretty quickly, which made settling in a lot easier.

Michelle Taylor

Latham recruits people from all backgrounds, and this creates a wonderfully diverse environment. My journey to becoming a lawyer hasn’t been straightforward, and I remember feeling instantly welcome and at home during my vacation scheme at Latham. Everyone at the firm strikes a helpful balance between guiding you and giving you the space and freedom to learn on your own. This is empowering for people who are eager and self-motivated, and also ensures you’re never left without someone to turn to for help.

Callum Rodgers

So far, the seats I’ve completed include Competition and Banking. I really enjoyed my time in both seats, as the work gave me the chance to engage with the law, as opposed to being purely commercial. The opportunities here are extensive and varied, and the emphasis is on us to push for more experience as our ability improves. The pro bono opportunities in particular are very impressive ― as many of the projects help to change thousands of lives.

Why Latham?

We’re proud to be one of the largest law firms in the world. Yet our culture, our practice breadth, and our global footprint truly set us apart. Our strengths can make all the difference for your success.

As an open and supportive community, we  value every opinion. We’re interested in getting to know you — because we best serve our clients when we engage critical thinkers with different experiences and perspectives.

Your energy and positivity matter to us just as much as your technical knowledge. We need keen, creative thinkers to work in small, collaborative teams and break new    
ground alongside senior lawyers. Through open feedback and mutual respect, you’ll have all the coaching you need to be the best lawyer you can be.

“What’s in it for you?”

What you take away from your experience with us matters as crucially as the work you contribute. During your time with Latham, we’ll provide a strong foundation for your progress through our open feedback culture and transparent review process.

Our review system works differently to other firms ― all who have worked with a lawyer give a review on individual performance. You’ll receive regular feedback from supervisors and partners, along with comprehensive feedback at the completion of each rotation.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities post-qualification to learn more through:

  • Our ongoing legal education series
  • Global training academy
  • Hands-on training from our Training and Career Enhancement (TACE) committee

Alongside your formal training, you’ll also learn from the best lawyers, working in small teams.

If you haven’t completed your GDL or LPC by the time you receive your training contract offer, we’ll help you enrol at the BPP.

During your studies, we’ll pay your fees and support you with a maintenance grant of £8,000 per year.

You’ll get to know the people here at Latham as well. The year before you join, you’ll meet your trainee mentor, and attend a number of social events before you start to help you transition into the firm.

Benefits

  • Your starting salary will be £46,000, rising to £50,000 in your second year
  • Life assurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Private dental insurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Season ticket loan for transport
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Subsidised restaurant on-site
  • Discounted gym membership
  • CareConnect counselling services
  • Vision allowance
  • Fully comprehensive wellness programme
  • Financial and legal services
  • Work-life resources and referrals
What makes us unique, is what unites us.

Diversity & Inclusion

We want every one of our people to bring their diverse perspectives to Latham. Working alongside our lawyers and staff who represent a range of races, sexual orientations, genders, and religions, you’ll be part of a global organisation that thrives off this diversity.

Engage With the World

Be part of a global community that supports and fosters diversity and inclusion. Learn from and connect with colleagues from across our global network of offices. With cross-office staffing and several firm-wide initiatives available, build the relationships that benefit you now, and in the future.

Here are some of our networks you can join: