INSIGHTS DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT THOUGH…
Arabella Robinson – Vacation Placement Student 2014, Trainee 2018 - 2020
I completed my vacation scheme with V&E in the summer of 2014. I knew soon after starting that this was the firm I wanted to work with when I finished my studies. During my vacation scheme I was able to complete work in international arbitration, M&A, ETP and tax law, all in the space of one week. I liked the varied nature of the work – instead of getting drawn into one department you get to work on a variety of matters and develop relationships with people within different teams.
Ultimately, the people are what make the firm really special - they make you feel like a part of the family from the outset. As the scheme is flexible and you can work in and amongst any team, you get to meet everybody. They are all eager to set time aside to sit down and explain their work to you and give you tasks to help you understand what they do. This is extremely important in a scheme as it means you learn about areas which you may never have considered. For me particularly, I didn’t know much about ETP work and this became a key area I was interested in. In fact, it was this experience which developed my interest in the energy sector, resulting in my double dissertation exploring the legal implications of conflict and armed revolution on oil and gas contracts in the Middle East.
Francesca Gray – Vacation Placement Student 2015, Trainee 2017 - 2019
I attended the vacation placement programme in the summer of 2015. The programme was a true snapshot of life as a trainee at the firm. We were tasked with real and exciting work and all members of staff made a massive effort to get us involved. We were exposed to the social side of the firm too, as various lunches and drinks were held during the programme. I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation placement at V&E and didn’t hesitate to accept an offer to train there. I am currently in the second seat of my training contract, sitting in the Mergers & Acquisitions department. Usually, my day will consist of reviewing transaction documents, carrying out due
diligence and undertaking research tasks on the impact of new laws on a client’s investment. The small intake of trainees at V&E was something that really appealed to me. Ultimately, it means that trainees are afforded with a great deal of responsibility from very early on. Generally speaking, there will be one trainee on each deal/case and that trainee will be considered a genuine part of the deal team.
“The Open Day was extremely enjoyable. It succeeded in providing me with a true picture of what it would be like to work in Vinson & Elkins’ London office. …”
— Anonymous, Open Day Attendee
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