Grace Smith

Associate, Corporate
University of Oxford - Law

At university I was keen to find out as much as possible about life in a law firm before embarking on a training contract. I went along to a graduate recruitment event which is where I was first introduced to Weil. I was really impressed by their presentation and I was able to gain an insight into Weil’s work and core practice areas. The firm’s strong client base and international presence, along with the friendly and engaging team members attending the event, were all factors that encouraged me to apply for a Vacation Scheme at Weil.

I completed vacation schemes with a few other law firms, but none of them stood out quite like Weil. Choosing to train with them was an easy decision for a number of reasons. I loved working within the Weil team as the whole environment is unbelievably friendly and hardworking. I feel that the smaller trainee intake makes for a tight-knit supportive community, and a more personal experience than you get at other firms. However the size definitely isn’t a reflection of the scale or quality of the work – you have the same large-scale, complex and interesting deals as firms with much larger trainee intakes, while benefitting from greater exposure and more opportunities to take on responsibility at an earlier stage.

The experiences I’ve had at Weil have exceeded my expectations and constantly challenged me. During my third seat I was seconded to New York for six months with the Corporate team. It was an incredibly competitive opportunity, so being selected was a huge personal achievement. I benefited immensely from my time overseas, it allowed me to develop both personally and professionally and to build strong relationships and connections with my colleagues in the US. I was also able to draw comparisons between US and UK deals and how the transactions are managed.