Trainees

Training contract applications, 2019, 2020, 2021

About Wiggin

Wiggin is a law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and IP. We advise clients on the financing, exploitation and protection of their creative and commercial assets in these sectors. You can find out more about our chosen specialisms here.

We deliver value to our clients by providing commercial advice based on a fundamental understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate. We work with our clients as partners, offering strategic and commercial input on top of our first-class legal expertise. We have been working within our sectors for a long time, meaning our clients can get the benefit of our long-established relationships with industry contacts and regulators.

What it’s like to work here

“If you’re into this area it doesn’t get much better – we work with the best clients doing cutting edge, high-profile work. You’re given responsibility as soon as you’re comfortable with it. A lot of what we do is more commercial than outright legal work – you really get to know/advise/negotiate on the practicalities of clients’ businesses.” Trainee, 2019

“High-profile international clients and incredibly interesting work underpinned by fantastic subject matter. You can work on a deal one week and see the end result, being a film or TV programme, winning awards the following year.” Junior Lawyer, 2019

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What you can expect from your training

Do trainees have a choice of what seats they do?

All our trainees complete a seat in litigation but you may be able to indicate a preference towards our other teams for the remaining seats. Usually, trainees will complete a commercial seat with our content distribution, sports or film & TV teams alongside a seat in intellectual property and corporate. Seats will be spread across our Cheltenham and London offices.

Will I have to do a secondment?

Whilst not all of our trainees will be seconded, we do have ad hoc client secondments and many of our partners have undertaken secondments in their time at Wiggin. We believe these placements give our people a genuine insight into the client view and are a great opportunity for those that complete them. Given our client base, these can range from some of the biggest names in media and technology to early stage start-ups. 

How many trainees stay on with the firm once their training contract is complete?

Our aim is always to retain as many trainees as possible – we have historically retained 90%+ of our qualifying trainees but are unable to guarantee a position for all our trainees from the outset.

What are we looking for?

What academic criteria do I need to meet?

We ask that our trainees have achieved a 2:1 or above in their chosen degree subjects.

Can I apply if I haven’t studied law?

Yes! We welcome applications from students who have studied non-law subjects.

Candidate profile

To help our clients meet their most important challenges we strive to build the very best legal and support teams, comprising people from a range of backgrounds, who are nurtured and developed in an inclusive environment that allows them to express who they are.

We aren’t expecting our trainees to arrive as fully-formed lawyers. We are looking for people who are open, keen to learn, driven and have a passion for the subject matter of our clients’ businesses.

Salary / benefits

First year trainee salary: £39,000

Second year trainee salary: £42,000

Newly qualified salary: £60,000

Legal Practice Course (LPC) / Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL): Wiggin will pay for LPC and GDL fees as well as a grant for each of £7,000 for applicable candidates on a prospective basis.

Other benefits: trainees will have access to a competitive benefits package, including 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), group personal pension, permanent health insurance, life cover, corporate gym membership, holiday buy/sell scheme and cycle scheme.

What next

The application process

We ask our future trainees to complete an application form, attend an interview and an assessment day with us. The assessment day is usually the final stage of our trainee selection process and is held at our Cheltenham office.

As we receive a lot of applications, it is unfortunately not possible to interview every candidate, or offer feedback should you not be selected to interview with us. If you attend one of our assessment centres we will offer you feedback on your application.

September 2019 intake

We have two training contract vacancies available to start in September 2019. The application process for this intake will close on 17June 2019. Interviews and assessment days for the 2019 intake will be held in July 2019, with specific dates still to be confirmed.

September 2020/21 intakes

We are also now accepting applications for four further training contracts due to start in September 2020 and September 2021. The deadline for applications for these intakes is 15 July 2019. Interviews and assessment days for the 2020/21 intakes will be held in August 2019, with specific dates still to be confirmed.

Candidates will need to have completed and passed applicable post graduate qualifications (LPC/GDL) prior to commencement of their training contract.

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