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


Graduate in French and German, Leeds University

It’s incredible to realise where I am today compared to three years ago. My legal knowledge has grown exponentially, becoming broader and deeper. I attribute that to hard work but also the training approach at Kirkland.

There’s a small intake, you learn on the job, alongside the formal training sessions, and collaborate with lawyers at all levels of the firm. All of which ensures you learn at pace, gain exposure to people and deals, get to demonstrate your capabilities, and take on new challenges.

You’re very much part of the team from day one and can set your own course by putting yourself forward for the legal work you’re interested in. Everyone is genuinely invested in helping you go as far as you can. Associates and partners alike, take the time to go through things with you.

I hadn’t considered private equity work until I met Kirkland lawyers at a graduate fair. Their passion for the work came across immediately. They explained what it involves, clearly and intelligently, and I was able to make an educated decision about applying to the firm. Even on the Vacation Scheme, you’re involved in proper, substantive legal work straight away. I discovered the whole process of a deal, had to complete tasks independently, and really felt my opinion was valued even then.

When I started at the firm as a trainee, my first seat was debt finance. I’d experienced a taster workshop at the graduate fair and my interest continued from there. Debt finance was also my third seat – on secondment to our Hong Kong office. I was there for six months and I gained experience of banking deals you don’t always get exposure to in the UK. The training culture is consistent with the UK – you’re given immediate responsibility but also a lot of support from a friendly and collegiate team. It was great to experience working in a new city and to build on my Kirkland network.

Being a trainee at Kirkland means being committed to your career. This isn’t just a job. People at Kirkland are passionate and driven about what they do but also really approachable. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by such motivated and talented people. The firm isn’t looking for cookie-cutter applicants. Be yourself, and if it’s right for you then there is no better place to train.

Awards & Recognitions

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

Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021

Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021

Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021