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Kirkland & Ellis Talent, drive, enthusiasm. That’s what makes a Kirkland lawyer.


Iconic Office

The Gherkin, London

Multi Award
Winning Firm

Recognising the best recruiters
and trainers among law firms

Over 350 Lawyers

Working in our London office

Kirkland London

When you join Kirkland as a trainee you’ll quickly be part of the team providing solutions to high-profile brands as well as major private equity firms behind some of the biggest corporate transactions.

Over 350 lawyers work in our London office, on some of the most complex, high value and high-profile international matters. You’ll be heavily involved in real deals and cases with them, not just listening and learning but relied upon to make a valuable contribution. When you join Kirkland & Ellis as a trainee you’ll quickly be part of the team providing solutions to high-profile brands as well as major private equity firms behind some of the biggest corporate transactions.

Industry Acclaim

The matters you’re involved in will continue to grow our reputation for top quality corporate work, that’s been recognised by our peers as well as with industry awards.

The way we work and what we deliver has been praised by Chambers and Legal 500 who said we provide a “terrific combination of creative problem solving, high-quality execution and exceptional attention to detail”, and “huge market share allows them to see more deals and situations and puts them in a strong position to advise on other matters. The lawyers are very strong.”


“Kirkland is a thriving and energetic place to work. A key success factor has been the recruitment of talented and diverse individuals whose ideas drive the firm forward. If you want to work at a firm that promotes achievement and growth, we invite you to learn more about Kirkland.”

Recent Awards

Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards 2020
Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year – Nicola Dagg
Impact Cases (UK) – Agrokor

IFLR European Awards 2020
U.S. Law Firm of the Year
Private Equity Team of the Year
Restructuring Team of the Year
Deal of the Year (Loan) – KIRKBY, Blackstone and CPPIB: Merlin Entertainments Acquisition Financing
Deal of the Year (Private Equity) – Inmarsat Take-Private
Deal of the Year (Restructuring) – Agrokor

Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2020
European Private Equity Legal Advisor of the Year

Private Equity International Awards 2020
Law Firm of the Year in EMEA (Fund Formation)
Law Firm of the Year in EMEA (Transactions)
Secondaries Law Firm of the Year in Europe

PERE Global Awards 2020
Law Firm of the Year (Fund Formation) in Europe

TRI Awards 2020
Insolvency Law Firm of the Year (Over Three Insolvency Partners)
Corporate Rescue of the Year – Legal Team
Corporate Restructuring Lawyer of the Year – Elaine Nolan

Credit Awards 2020
Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Team of the Year

The Legal 500 UK Awards
Corporate and Commercial Firm of the Year
Finance (Acquisition Finance) Firm (Specialism) of the Year

Global Overview

Kirkland is a recognised major force on the global stage, practising English, US and international law. Our global footprint of offices and international outlook mean we’re trusted by many of today’s big global brands.

Working with an international team of colleagues will develop your insights into the laws and legal systems of different countries and grow your ability to advise clients on solutions for their operations in multiple territories.

Growing your ability to find a path through complex and often conflicting laws is an important part of your development at Kirkland and you will be given early exposure to the wide ranging international challenges our clients face.

We look for trainees who have an international outlook. Those who recognise the global stage our clients operate on, are excited by the prospect of practicing law across international borders, and who look forward to the prospect of working with diverse teams from the Kirkland team around the world.

2,900 Lawyers

Working across 18 offices
around the world

18 International

From Beijing to
Washington, D.C.

1 Global Firm

Serving a broad range of
clients around the world


“We’re a leading global law firm with an unsurpassed reputation and 2,900 lawyers in 18 offices around the world.”


Awards & Recognitions

Trophy Cup

LawCareers.Net – Best Work Placement Scheme (Vacation Scheme) – City Firm 2020

Trophy Cup

Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021