Our Italian stagiaire programme

Withers has an established Italian stagiaire programme, offering Italian law graduates and newly qualified Avvocati the possibility of experiencing work in a London City law firm.

The programme is a time in which the stagiaire works closely with the firm’s litigation department. There are also opportunities to work with lawyers in other areas of the firm such as corporate, property, family and private client & tax.

Daily tasks vary from assisting in the translation of complex legal documentation to assisting actively in specific cases or liaising with Italian clients or colleagues. Stagiaires are often asked to advise colleagues on certain aspects of Italian law by way of comparison to the English law.

Lesley Timms

Lesley is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Lesley trained with Withers and became a member of the Commercial Litigation team in 2009. In her 10 years at Withers, she has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes. She is a fluent Italian speaker and is passionate about helping Italian individuals and businesses with interests in the UK as part of her ambition to continue developing Withers’ long Italian tradition. Lesley has been involved in numerous mediations, arbitrations and High Court cases where she has acted in a number of leading cases.

Lesley is also a member of the Withers brands special interest group, which focuses on developing, maintaining and protecting a client’s brand. She therefore regularly advises start-up companies on their contractual arrangements and any risks with a view to avoiding the risk of future litigation. She has also developed a particular experience in commercial agency and distribution arrangements. As part of her broad commercial practice, Lesley also regularly advises on issues of company and personal insolvency, including liquidations, bankruptcy and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA’s).

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How to apply

Our requirements

The stagiaire programme is open to Italian law graduates and newly qualified Avvocati.

Application process

There is no deadline date for applications but generally all applications received up until the end of July of the preceding year are considered for places the following year. We therefore often recruit up to a year in advance.

For a place on the 2021/22 stagiaire programme please submit an application on our careers website.

For any queries please email recruitment@withersworldwide.com.


The work of the stagiaire at Withers is inter-departmental which means that he/she may be dealing with a different area of law from one day to the next, eg. corporate, property, employment, litigation and family.

Nicola Pigliacampo

Nicola Pigliacampo

About me

I hold a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Cagliari. My dissertation covered both corporate and employment law and focused on the transfer of undertakings after a merger and corporate spin-offs. During my university course, I developed an interest in legal issues in connection with companies and European governance systems. I was able to improve my knowledge of these subjects through travel and from attending meetings and conferences. I am delighted to have been able to work in London, as the culture and business pre-eminence of this wonderful city has always attracted me.

Previous work experience

My first job, while I was also a student at university, was as an advertising agent with PBM Pubblicità Multimediale S.r.l. After that I worked for Vistanet, an Italian newspaper group, as a commercial co-ordinator advising on sales, contracts with clients and staff and group strategy.

The stagiaire’s role

A stagiaire at Withers plays a significant role in the day-to-day workings of various departments. It is a very interesting opportunity to apply legal knowledge and skills to a different legal system. There is a lot of contact with colleagues from all over the globe. The stagiaire is involved

The stagiaire’s role continued

in a variety of Italian-related matters: for example, translating English documents into Italian and vice-versa; attending meetings with Italian clients; taking witness statements from Italian counterparts; and providing non-Italian speaking solicitors with indispensable support such as helping them to convey concepts of English law to their clients.

On occasion, the stagiaire might also be asked to carry out legal research on Italian and European law matters and to collaborate with Withers Italian Desks worldwide. Finally, the stagiaire is sometimes also involved in disclosures and due diligence work prior to M&A transactions or company flotations.

Advice to future stagiaires

  • Do your best to be flexible when dealing with the differences between common law and civil law
  • A good knowledge of English is essential to learn as much as possible from the experience
  • Be available to work longer hours if necessary.