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Bond Dickinson

Bond Dickinson, a dynamic UK law firm, provides a comprehensive legal service to our clients in a wide range of legal sectors across eight cities - Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

Our focus continues to be on 8 major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer good (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; manufacturing; transport and infrastructure; private wealth and insurance. We also continue to grow in the technology; hospitality and leisure and education sectors.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses and governmental organisations to privately managed business and wealthy individuals. We pride ourselves on asking the right questions so that we can deliver the right solutions and put the right team on each client need. We build long-term relationships with our clients so that we can anticipate their needs and develop deep sector knowledge. We work hard to put ourselves in our client's shoes and develop a common sense of purpose with them.

We're the law firm that focuses on what matters most to our clients and our people.

Main areas of work:

We're a full service law firm with a focus on 8 major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; manufacturing; transport and infrastructure; private wealth and insurance. We also continue to expand our technology; hospitality and leisure and education sectors.

Who should apply

At Bond Dickinson we look for intellectually able, motivated and enthusiastic graduates from any discipline or background. Successful applicants will understand the need to provide practical, commercial advice to clients. You’ll share the firm’s commitment to self-development and teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services that match their highest expectations.

We will consider candidates with/ on course to get a 2:1.

Training programme:

We look at our trainee recruitment as a long-term investment. Trainees at Bond Dickinson will have an opportunity to spend six months in four Business Groups, gaining a real breadth of experience along the way. 

This is your training contract and it's up to you to make the most of it, but along the way we offer fantastic opportunities to develop your legal career in a growing firm.

Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an ongoing basis. You'll have access to high quality work and senior client contacts. We regularly second trainees to our most high profile clients. We keep our trainee intake relatively small, which means that more often than not, you'll be the only trainee in a team, giving you a large amount of access to the experience and advice from people who are happy to teach.

We're looking for people across seven of our offices. There is no typical Bond Dickinson trainee - our trainees come from varied backgrounds and bring a range of different experience, and that's very important to us. 

What all of our people do share is an enthusiasm for law and a passion for our business. Beyond that we look for our trainees to have a strong academic background, although this is not the only criteria we use when shortlisting applications. It's as important to us that candidates can demonstrate commercial awareness and a natural ability when dealing with people.

When and how to apply:

Apply for a training contract to start in 2020 online. The deadline to apply is 28th February 2018

The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form assessing the core behaviors we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, teamwork and a commitment to our business and our clients.

If you successfully pass this stage you'll be invited to complete an online video interview.  Which is an opportunity to tell us more about yourself.

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice (Newcastle, Bristol or London). This consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core behaviors.  You'll also meet with trainees, partners and other people from around the business.

Work placements:

The firm’s work placement weeks are part of the recruitment process and all applicants should apply online. The first stage is an online application form which assesses the core behaviours we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, teamwork and a commitment to our business and our clients. The deadline for our vacation scheme applications is 28th  February 2018.

Salary and benefits

Salary

  • 1st year: Bristol - £28,000, Newcastle / Leeds £25,000
  • 2nd year: Bristol £30,000,  Newcastle / Leeds £27,000 
  • Post qualification: 'competitive'

Sponsorship: GDL and LPC fees are sponsored.

From November 2017 Bond Dickinson and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice will combine to form Womble Bond Dickinson. Womble Bond Dickinson will have more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across 8 offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US. The combination will put Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings.

 

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