Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP

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

Tel: 020 7418 1300

Email: Emily Lawrence, HR Manager – londonrecruiting@davispolk.com

Web:  https://www.davispolk.com/careers/summer-programs/training-in-london

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

Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 7

Number of Associates: 50 (approx)

Total number of trainee solicitors: 7

Number of UK offices1

Number of overseas offices: 9

Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 6 (approx)

Vacation scheme places per annum: 20 (approx)

Minimum degree grade: 2:1 degree or higher

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2025: 7 January 2023

Salary and benefits

First year salary: £60,000

Second year salary: £65,000

Post qualification salary: £160,000

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 & Competition

How to Apply for a 2023 Vacation Scheme and our 2025 Training Programme

We will be accepting applications for our summer 2023 vacation scheme from penultimate-year law undergraduates and law postgraduates between 1 December 2022 and 7 January 2023. If you would like to apply, please email a cover letter setting out the reasons for your application and enclosing a CV and detailed breakdown of your academic results to londonrecruiting@davispolk.com. We will hold interviews in mid-January 2023.

Our vacation scheme offers a perfect introduction to a career in law and to Davis Polk. We expect to host two groups of between eight and ten law students per group. Each group will spend a week with the firm, with both schemes taking place in July. You will work on international transactions for some of our major clients and learn about our practice, culture and distinctive approach to client care, receive £500 to cover expenses and be interviewed for our 2025 training programme. We look to offer around six places.

If selected as one of our trainees, we will provide you with training and full sponsorship to help you through the first and second stages of the SQE in the year after you graduate from university. In the two-year training programme that follows, you’ll experience our corporate and finance practices, spend time in a specialist area of law such as tax, financial regulatory and antitrust & competition, and have the opportunity to work in our New York office. You will share an office with a more senior colleague, receive tailored training and have extensive contact with, and access to our partners. With a first year base salary of £60,000, rising to £65,000 in the second year and then £160,000 on qualification, you will receive a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday.

If you would like to find out more about Davis Polk and training with us, please join one of our virtual ‘Insight into Davis Polk’ sessions (6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 23 and 24 May 2022) by emailing londonrecruiting@davispolk.com with your preferred date and a copy of your CV by no later than 6 May 2022.