Address: Ten Bishops Square, Eighth Floor, London, E1 6EG
Phone: 020 7012 9600
Graduate recruitment site: www.akingump.com/uk-students
Facts and figures
Total London partners: 44
Other London fee-earners: 94
Total London trainees: 13
Trainee places available for 2024 (i.e. for contracts commencing in 2024): 6
Application deadline for 2022 vacation scheme: 9 January 2022
Application method: Online application form; online critical thinking exercise; interviews with members of the graduate recruitment panel
Secondments: Hong Kong; other international seat(s) subject to current business needs
Akin Gump works with The University of Law, which is the firm’s legal education provider, to finalise arrangements for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. Successful applicants will be required to complete a programme of further study as directed by the firm to equip them with essential skills prior to starting our training programme. These studies will be funded by the firm and we will continue to provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 per year of study to our future trainees.
Salary and benefits
First year: £50,000
Second year: £55,000
Newly qualified: US$202,500 (associate salaries are paid in US$ at a fixed quarterly exchange rate)
Benefits: Season ticket loan; fitness reimbursement programme; health insurance; income protection insurance; life insurance; travel insurance; dental insurance; pension, annual eye exam, employee assistance programme, on-site wellbeing adviser, discounted ClassPass and gym rates, fitness reimbursement programme, cycle scheme, Discounts and Recognition portal, and Lexxic support for neurodiverse employees.
About the firm
Akin Gump is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisers who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 20 offices worldwide, the firm is renowned for numerous market-leading practices, its strengths in complex transactions and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters and its unyielding pro bono commitment.
The firm is intentional about fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are supported and given the tools to succeed. Akin Gump is focused on recruiting and nurturing the next generation of exceptional legal talent and is proud that its recruitment and professional development efforts are recognised as among the best in the industry.
Akin Gump’s London office is the hub of the firm’s international offices, partnering with clients from established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by the firm’s forward-thinking leadership, Akin Gump has built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of its clients and each other.
Market-leading practices include financial restructuring, corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures), private equity, finance (including debt finance and project finance), energy including renewables, debt and equity capital markets, financial services regulatory, disputes, international arbitration, investment funds (including hedge and private equity funds), international trade – including in relation to the new National Security & Investment law – as well as EU competition and tax.
London Training Programme
We look for deep-thinking, motivated individuals keen to take on early responsibility of fast-paced, sophisticated client matters. You’ll need to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and be a team player who enjoys seeking commercial solutions in an immersive learning environment.
You’ll experience on-the-job experiential learning which will allow you to develop a keen commercial awareness and to take on responsibility and ownership of tasks for each practice area you work in. Examples of tasks you may be involved in during your training include, but are not restricted to, legal research, preparing client communications, attending client meetings, organising deal closing checklists and preparing trial bundles. You’ll receive supportive supervision from England & Wales qualified practitioners with valuable ongoing feedback and two substantive evaluations during each seat.
You will also be provided with formal training which includes in-house seminars on relevant areas of law and practical competency skills. You will also join webinars and training sessions run by external training providers.
Akin Gump prides itself on a friendly, approachable culture and a strong support network. Our graduate recruitment team and dedicated development partners will coach and guide you throughout the two years. We also have a buddy system providing you with a peer mentor who can tell you things that formal training can’t and junior associate mentors to support you within each practice area. We have an in-house ‘Be Well’ counselling service which offers unlimited one on one support, as well as regular group training sessions.