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Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service, to a wide range of regional, national and international clients. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 18 US cities and eight UK cities - Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses and governmental organisations to privately managed business and wealthy individuals. Our clients’ interests always come first. Strong personal relationships, dedicated client teams and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses mean they have confidence that we can respond to their needs effectively and efficiently.

Our regional heritage, flexibility and commitment to innovation enable us to offer focused, relevant services as a compelling alternative to other firms.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

Who should apply

At Womble 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.

Training Programme

We look at our trainee recruitment as a long-term investment. Trainees at Womble 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 eight of our UK offices. There is no typical Womble 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 2021 online. The deadline to apply is 28th February 2019.

The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form assessing the core behaviours 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 you.

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice (Newcastle, Bristol, Southampton or London). This consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core behaviours.  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 2019.

Benefits

Childcare vouchers, dental, subsidised gym, healthcare, pension, PMI as part of flexible benefits package. Other flexible benefits include travel loan schemes, discounted car parking schemes, carbon offsetting, eye care, employee assistance programme, Cycle to Work scheme, buy and sell holidays, charity giving plus many more.

Apprenticeships

In September 2014 we launched the first of our apprenticeship programmes. We recognised the importance of creating alternative routes into the profession for those who wanted to get their first foot on the career ladder sooner rather than later. We also wanted to develop our own home grown talent to ensure a continued pipeline of paralegals and future lawyers.

Our well established Paralegal Apprenticeship runs over two years. You'll work within our paralegal team, giving you access to a wide range of clients and types of work. Our legal apprenticeship offers school leavers and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal legal qualifications and a role in the profession through paid, on-the-job training as an apprentice paralegal.

Our legal apprenticeship scheme has been hugely successful. We're proud to have been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer earlier this year, at the same time as receiving the award for Best Newcomer Large Employer, in the National Apprenticeship Awards.    Applications for our September 2018 intake will be opening again in October 2017 and for more information about the programme please take a look at our website.  

The legal profession has continued to embrace apprenticeships as an alternative route to law and 2016 saw the launch of the first solicitor apprenticeship programme.  This is a 6 year programme taking you through from A-Level to qualification as a solicitor, without the need to attend university full-time.  

We recognise that university life isn't for everyone, and we wanted to create an opportunity for those who thought a career in law might not be attainable.  

Our solicitor apprenticeship launched in Newcastle, September 2017, with three apprentices.  From 17 September they will be joined by a further two apprentices in Newcastle and one in Southampton.

But we haven't stopped there.  There are some great careers available within a law firm; our business couldn't operate without the highly talented support teams who provide expert advice in HR, IT, Business Development, Facilities Management, Finance to name a few.  Over the course of the last 12 months we have launched apprenticeship in HR, IT, Facilities Management and Secretarial Services and we anticipate more being launched in the coming months.

Womble Bond Dickinson is fully committed to opening up new routes to our profession, ensuring our people all benefit from the fantastic development opportunities available to them, and apprenticeships are just one more way for us to do that.  

 
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