Founded in 1931, Weil has provided legal services to the largest public companies, private equity firms and financial institutions for the past 90 years. Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.
Established in 1996, the London office is the largest international hub within Weil’s global network. Over the past 25 years, the office has grown significantly and we are in a position of great strength with market-leading private equity, banking, litigation, private funds, structured finance and restructuring practices. These groups are supported by transaction specialist lawyers who play a crucial role in ensuring that transactions, restructurings and disputes reach a successful completion. An essential component of this success is to attract exceptional people who will be given the platform to flourish and play an important role in the success and growth of one of the world’s leading law firms.
Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)
Leveraging Weil’s longstanding commitment to pro bono and community service, values which are deeply ingrained in the fabric of the firm, we have evolved our approach in London to establish a wider ESG framework which brings together the key areas of our culture by focusing on six pillars; Pro Bono, Inclusion, Community, Wellness & Social, Climate Action & Governance.
Our London ESG framework is led by a 25-strong partner and counsel committee who provide oversight, governance and support to the key Business Services teams who run each of the ESG pillars.
The Role - Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Apprentice
The CRS Apprentice will be part of the London Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility team and primarily help to facilitate and organise events as part of the Pro Bono & Community pillars of our ESG framework. In addition, the CRS Apprentice will provide support to the other ESG groups such as Inclusion, Wellness & Social and Climate Action.
In 2020, Weil London provided more than 15,000 hours of pro bono (free) legal advice to charities, social enterprises and individuals. All Weil lawyers are expected to perform 50 pro bono hours a year and in London, all pro bono work is counted towards the time spent on billable matters. The CRS Apprentice will provide administrative support to our Pro Bono practice by organising training sessions for legal clinics like Mary Ward, IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice) and Innocence Project, while also helping to organise pro bono events, analyse data and draft communications.
In December 2018, the London office launched a five-year fundraising strategy entitled ‘Improving Lives & Raising Aspirations’ which aims to raise £500,000 for a group of small charities that work to tackle homelessness, reduce poverty and boost social mobility. Partners and employees have so far raised almost half of that target and the CRS Apprentice will be a key point of contact for our charities and be required to create, develop and launch fundraising events. All London partners and employees are also encouraged to spend two days a year volunteering in the community via initiatives such as WEIL (Widening Entry Into Law) and Improving Lives & Raising Aspirations. The CRS Apprentice will provide support in the organisation and delivery of employability workshops, mentoring and work experience for 300 state school students per year (WEIL) and those long-term unemployed or marginalised from employment opportunities.
The CRS Apprentice will work across all of these strands and provide additional support to help with data capture and analysis in relation to impact measurement and engagement levels.
This is not a routine office job; the CRS Apprentice will be working on multiple initiatives that touch upon a number of focus areas that involve internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be passionate about social and environmental change, and strive to role model ethical behaviour and values. In addition, candidates will have to be organised, ambitious, willing to work outside of their comfort zone, and be detail-orientated while understanding the bigger picture.
Weil played a leading role in the development of the CRS Apprenticeship and this is a fantastic opportunity to get a foothold in a growing and exciting profession at one of the world’s most prestigious law firms.
Duties And Responsibilities
We are seeking a passionate and target-driven candidate to join the Weil London Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility team. The role will involve the following:
- Supporting the administration, delivery, development and reporting of the Pro Bono & Community pillars of our ESG framework
- Providing administrative and project management support to other ESG groups such as Inclusion, Wellness & Social and Climate Action
- Working with partners and employees across the Firm
- Supporting relationships the Firm has with pro bono clients and community partners
Initiatives the successful candidate will be involved in helping organise are:
- Pro Bono Training sessions for lawyers
- Volunteering training (for all staff)
- Weil Social Impact Matters Conference (annual event for pro bono clients)
- WEIL (Widening Entry Into Law)
- Improving Lives & Raising Aspirations (fundraising and volunteering events)
- Inclusion, Wellness & Social and Climate Action initiatives when required
The CRS Apprentice will be expected to take ownership and provide support with the following tasks:
- Drafting content for the Weil portal and internal ESG communications
- Coordinating the ESG newsletter
- Preparation of reports and presentations
- Attending internal and external ESG-related events
- Taking minutes at all ESG-group committee meetings
- Providing administrative support to organise training sessions and events
- Monitoring, measuring and analysing data on pro bono and community impact and engagement
- Representing Weil in external ESG-related networks
Please note that this job profile is not an exhaustive list of duties but merely an outline of the key components of the role. You may be required by your line manager to take on additional responsibilities
- Excellent team player
- Personable and confident, able to build relationships with partners/ key stakeholders
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent organisational skills
- Ability to manage own workload effectively
- Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Resilient and calm under pressure
- Adaptable and flexible approach
- Pro-active and takes initiative
- To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must hold 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths and English (non-UK qualifications also considered)
- Aged 18 or over by 1 September 2021
- Not undertaking another apprenticeship or government funded qualification at the same time
You will be based in our London office. Throughout the apprenticeship program you will be working for four days per week and spend one day studying with the assigned tuition provider.
By the end of your apprenticeship you will have achieved the following qualification:
- Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioner (Level 4)
During the apprenticeship program we will entrust you with a lot of responsibility, and fully support you in a variety of ways to ensure you reach your potential.
- You will be assigned a supervisor who will mentor you and assign tasks throughout your apprenticeship. They will also provide training and feedback on how you are doing
- Our London office has a hugely popular mentoring program and you will be offered a mentor when you start
- As well as the apprenticeship academic qualification, you will receive internal training from the Pro Bono & Corporate Responsibility team, and access to the wider-Firm professional development workshops
- CV and supporting letter - in 500 words outline a key societal issue and discuss how this issue should be tackled
- Friday 25 June 2021
Apprenticeship Start Date
- Monday 6 September 2021