Training partner

Ceri Vokes

Ceri is a partner in the private client and tax team and is responsible for everything to do with trainees in Europe. She joined the firm in 2006 and has acted for some of her clients ever since then. She originally trained as a corporate tax lawyer, and now uses that insight to help individuals like entrepreneurs, family offices and sports stars to structure their wealth. Recently recognised as Training Principal of the year at the LawCareers.Net awards, our trainees said: "Ceri is a natural teacher and inspiring mentor, as well as being incredibly committed and approachable. You can go to her with anything from technical questions or concerns about training, to creative ideas about different ways that trainees can get involved with business development. She balances being a partner with an impressive practice, head of our UK training programme, and a parent. We're lucky to have her as our training principal."

A welcome from Ceri

I’m certain that some of the factors which influenced my decision to apply to Withers, may also entice you. If you are looking for varied career opportunities, genuinely interesting clients, truly international work and an ethos of team work, perhaps Withers is the right fit for you too.

Whilst we are well known around the world for our private client and family work you may be surprised to learn that we recruit as many trainees into our commercial, litigation and real estate teams as we do into private client and family.

Of course, we feel our private client roots often attract a different, maybe more interesting client across all sectors of our business. For example, our commercial team support a high percentage of owner managers with a personal passion for the businesses they have built themselves.

We are also more international than any other private client law firm. We have 16 offices with our fair share of secondment programmes, but its often the complexity of the needs of our clients which makes our work international. We have a reputation for excellence and are ranked in the top tier for four of our practice areas, including in private client and family law.

Our trainees were recently asked how their training is different from their friends’ training in other firms. The level of responsibility and autonomy they are given was the most common response. We have a strong team ethos and trainees are seen as an integral part of the teams in which they work.

Finally our culture and working environment creates a great learning environment in which to be a trainee. You’d expect me to say that, I know! So, you may be interested to read about the external recognition we have received in this area; appearing for five years in a row in the Sunday Times top 100 best employers listing, consistently been in the top 5 for the highest percentage of female partners in a London law firm and have fared well in the top London firms in the annual Legal Week survey of Associates Satisfaction for many years.

I wish you well in your research, and if Withers looks like the right fit for you, I look forward to reading your application or maybe meeting you in person!

Ceri Vokes
Training Partner

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