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 for a three-month period during which time 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.

Georgia Catarame

The programme is run by Georgia Catarame. Georgia is an associate within our commercial group based in London. She advises clients on corporate and commercial matters and has assisted many UK, US and Russian clients in the establishment or management of their businesses in Italy. She has also advised many Italian clients wishing to expand their business in the UK particularly in the brands and food & beverage sector.

In addition to her corporate work, Georgia also deals with many real estate transactions. She has advised Italian and foreign clients in investing in commercial properties in the UK and has also assisted clients on the sale and purchase of residential properties located in Italy.

Georgia’s wide network in the industrial sector makes her the first port of call for many Italian businesses wishing to set up a presence abroad and her contacts with many well-known Italian brands is considered a valuable addition to the Firm’s brands practice.

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How to apply


Our requirements

The three month 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 2018 stagiaire programme please send your CV and covering letter to Georgia Catarame and Sonia Michaelides:

georgia.catarame@withersworldwide.com
sonia.michaelides@withersworldwide.com

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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 PubblicitĂ  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.