Your career


Years 2-6

After qualifying, this is where you'll start your career in one of our practice areas. Most people are offered their first choice and, because we have strong teams across the board, you can confidently choose the practice area that excites you. You'll have access to The Practice Diploma Programme, including a range of global courses to help you build your skills.

Managing Associate (MA)

Year 6+

The next step is promotion to Managing Associate (MA). This assumes you have demonstrated significant technical expertise, leadership qualities and the ability to operate at a senior level. As an MA you’ll be more engaged in the business: solving the most difficult legal issues, nurturing client relationships, leading teams and accounting for financial performance. And you'll be a future leader of our firm.

Counsel and Partner

The Counsel role is designed to recognise the above-and-beyond capabilities of senior lawyers and the additional leadership responsibilities that they assume. It can also be a promotional step.

Once they've proven themselves with clients and colleagues, the very best Managing Associates may be considered for election to the partnership. Combining serious experience with a track record of strong performance, Partners are leaders and world-class experts in their fields.

Beyond the path

Development isn't all about job titles. You'll pick up invaluable skills on high-profile projects, working with brilliant colleagues. And our size and success means we can offer an unrivalled choice as you develop. Stay flexible, and you can take up secondments abroad, or with clients. Then as our business evolves, you'll also have the chance to explore new practice areas, some of which didn't even exist five years ago.

Ongoing training

Ongoing training is vital to becoming a successful commercial lawyer. It's why at Widyawan & Partners, you can look forward to continuous training and development throughout your career, via on-the-job learning. In one holistic syllabus, we’ve combined business skills and technical knowledge, for the rounded expertise you need. And as well as milestone programmes from Trainee to Partner level, much of our training is international.

Launching leaders

Wherever our people succeed, everyone wins. So we’re proud to count former colleagues among our clients, and to find them in leadership roles in industry and government.

Our people

Kevin Matindas, Associate, Corporate M&A

I graduated from Universitas Gadjah Mada in 2014 and joined Widyawan & Partners in March 2015 as a Legal Intern. I am an associate in Corporate M&A practice and I have been with the firm for seven years.

Looking back, joining Widyawan & Partners was a very challenging, yet exciting opportunity. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in many high-value, market-leading and precedent-setting transactions – such as bank mergers, acquisition of telco assets and infrastructure financing in a wide array of sectors – from energy and infrastructure to technology and financial services. We, as lawyers, are also supported by the tailored training curriculum jointly offered with Linklaters (our affiliate firm), which also include career milestone training sessions in London – this equips us with the soft and technical skills we require to perform better in our work.

In addition to the exposure and knowledge gained, ultimately it is the people and environment that make working in Widyawan & Partners feel special. Although my colleagues come from different background but we are a very diverse bunch and full of camaraderie. It is not uncommon for us to work long hours but the company helps us to handle the work pressure better, as we always know that our team have our back.

The recent agile working initiative has also helped greatly in providing better work-life balance for lawyers. We are encouraged to work from home and there is infrastructure in place to help us achieve that.