Davis Polk trainees in a conference room having a chat

Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP

London office: 5 Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR

Tel: 020 7418 1300

Email: Emily Lawrence, HR Managerlondonrecruiting@davispolk.com

Web: https: careers.davispolk.com/training-london

Recruiting Video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/499375414

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DavisPolkUKGrad

Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 8

Number of Associates: 60 (approx)

Total number of trainee solicitors: 5

Number of UK offices: 1

Number of overseas offices: 9
Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 4 (approx)

Vacation scheme places per annum: 20 (approx)

Minimum degree grade: 2:1 degree or higher

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2024: 8 January 2022

Salary and benefits

First year salary: £55,00

Second year salary: £60,000

Post qualification salary: £135,000

Holiday entitlement: 25 days

Other benefits: Guaranteed seat in the New York office. Private medical insurance and medical cash plan, life insurance, critical illness insurance, permanent health insurance, pension scheme, season ticket loan, subsidized gym membership & employee assistance programme.


SQE Fees: Yes

Maintenance grant per annum: £10,000
Davis Polk is one of the world’s preeminent law firms, advising industry-leading companies and financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Our top-flight abilities are grounded in a distinguished history of 170 years, and our global, forward-looking orientation is supported by offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centres and political capitals. We deliver first-class counsel and service across the entire range of our practice.

In Europe, through our offices in London, Madrid and Paris, we advise on a range of private and public M&A, equity and debt capital markets, finance and restructuring transactions for corporate, private equity and investment banking clients, with the support of first-rate tax, financial regulatory and antitrust lawyers.

Practice Areas:

  • M&A
  • Capital Markets
  • Finance
  • Tax
  • Financial regulatory
  • Antitrust

How to Apply for a 2022 Vacation Scheme and our 2024 Training Programme

Our two-year London Training programme provides you with a wealth of experiences and excellent training to ensure a successful career as an English law-qualified lawyer. We will recruit our 2024 trainee intake from our summer 2022 vacation scheme participants.

Our vacation scheme offers a perfect introduction to a career in law and to Davis Polk. Our two-week schemes provide you with an opportunity to get to know Davis Polk and work with our lawyers.

If selected as one of our London trainees, before joining us we will provide training to help you through the first and second stages of the SQE. Throughout the two-year training programme that follows, you’ll experience both our corporate and finance practices, spend time in a specialist area of law (tax, financial regulatory or antitrust) and work in our New York office for six months. You’ll share an office with a senior lawyer, receive tailored training and have extensive contact with and access to our partners.

We will be accepting applications for our 2022 vacation scheme from penultimate-year law undergraduates and law postgraduates between 1 December 2021 and 8 January 2022. Applicants should email londonrecruiting@davispolk.com with a cover letter addressed to the Training Principal (Will Pearce) and setting out the reasons for their application and enclosing a CV and detailed breakdown of academic results.