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‘Expectations are high’ at Weil, Gotshal & Manges but ‘this makes you a better trainee’. The US firm boasts ‘one of the strongest restructuring and insolvency practices worldwide’ and the work given to recruits is routinely ‘challenging and complex’. ‘Working directly with counsel and our New York office on a novel financing’ was a definite highlight. The modest size of the London office and the small trainee intake attracted aspiring lawyers because ‘everyone knows each other within the firm’, making for a collaborative environment. A positive experience on the vacation scheme, during which candidates were given ‘more responsibility and treated like a temporary member of the team, rather than just an intern’, also won recruits over. Weil, Gotshal & Manges has scooped up two Lex 100 Winner medals this year, one for its fantastic remuneration and the other for confidence of being kept on post qualification. The hours at Weil are long and some recruits feel as though they ‘need to be available all the time’. But new joiners receive ‘more client-facing opportunities’ and generally feel ‘respected as individuals’. Some respondents even reported ‘receiving daily feedback’ on their work. The training is ‘less formal’ which ‘makes new seats quite daunting’ and means that ‘you have to be constantly switched on to learn on the job’. There is also a perceived ‘disparity between cultures and working styles in different departments’ so that ‘your experience and development can vary wildly depending on which team you’re sitting in’. But for ‘hands-on training, high-profile work and an inclusive and welcoming culture’ where trainees are ‘truly valued and given the chance to run with projects’, remember Weil, Gotshal & Manges.