London Careers

London Graduate Recruitment

Get to know Milbank

A member of the ‘Wall Street Elite’, Milbank is one of the world’s pre-eminent international law firms, ranked No. 3 in The American Lawyer’s 2016 A-List.

We’re made up of small teams of exceptional lawyers, with big responsibilities. Challenges arrive quickly because clients bring us their toughest and first-in-class deals and issues, confident that we’ll apply not just our legal knowledge, but also our judgment. This is why professional development and training, including our groundbreaking Milbank@Harvard program, is a key priority.

In London, we offer a range of services across various practice areas, many of which are ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners. These include: Banking and Leveraged Finance, Corporate, Competition, Islamic Finance, Litigation & Arbitration, Technology & Outsourcing, Project Finance, Restructuring, Securities, Tax and Transportation and Space.

We have lawyers working in 12 offices across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.


What it takes

Our trainees work in small teams and are given responsibility from day one. Working directly with associates and partners, our trainees are an integral part of their team in each seat. The benefit of our select intake is that our trainees get exposure to high quality work and receive first class training and supervision throughout their training contracts.

We’re looking for candidates who not only have strong academics—you should also possess excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills. Candidates will need to be ambitious, intellectually curious and have a genuine interest in our practice areas. You should also have (or be predicted) a 2.1 or above in any degree discipline.

Our training contract

Our trainees are an integral part of our growth plans for the London office. Our first intake of trainees joined our London office in September 2013 and we welcomed our fourth intake of trainees in October 2016. We currently have nine trainees in London across both intakes.

Our training contract consists of four six-month seats. Trainees will typically be expected to undertake seats across our Corporate, Finance and Litigation practices. In addition, we offer comprehensive training to help develop your technical and practice group specific knowledge in addition to training on key communication, career management and presentation skills.

We will begin accepting applications for our training contracts commencing in 2019 and 2020 from the 1st of November 2017.

The deadline for training contract applications is 31 July 2018.

Our summer 2018 scheme will run from the 25 June – 6 July.

Applications for our summer 2018 scheme will open on the 20 October 2017.

Our benefits

Trainees will receive a starting salary of £45,000 rising to £50,000 in their second year (this is reviewed annually). Trainees who are yet to complete the LPC and GDL will have their course fees paid in full and will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £8,000 whilst studying the LPC and GDL.

A comprehensive range of benefits including private medical insurance, in service life insurance, permanent health insurance, dental plan and a season ticket loan will be confirmed when candidates receive their formal offer.

Summer Vacation Scheme

Summer 2018

We will be running our next summer 2018 vacation scheme 25 June — 6 July 2018. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in two different practice areas to get a real sense of life in a city law firm. There will also be a skills programme and a number of socials throughout the scheme. Attendees will be paid an allowance of £350 per week.

Candidates for our vacation scheme should ideally be in their penultimate year of a law degree or final year of a non-law degree, though we’re also happy to accept applications from final year students and graduates.

Applications will open on the 20th October 2017 and the deadline will be the 31st January 2018.

Apply here for a vacation scheme

Let’s meet

  • Cambridge University – Thursday 19 October
  • King’s College London (KCL) – Tuesday 24 October
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – Thursday 26 October
  • Bristol University – Wednesday 1 November
  • University of Oxford – Saturday 4 November
  • Durham University – Tuesday 21 November

At these events our representatives will be available to answer any questions you have about our vacation scheme and training contract opportunities, as well as providing you with a greater insight into the working culture at Milbank London.

In the meantime, if you have any recruitment queries please email

How to apply

Submission Link

We’re proud to be using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System. In addition to your CV (including a breakdown of degree results to date by module) and Cover Letter, you will be asked to answer some additional questions so that your application can be assessed in the context of your socio-economic background (e.g. so we can assess whether you overachieved in light of your surrounding personal circumstances). The information requested will include your postcode, examination grades, education history. Submission of this information is entirely optional and will be treated as strictly confidential.

To apply for a training contract starting in 2018 or 2019 please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Graduate Recruitment team at

For more information on the Rare Contextual Recruitment System please click here.