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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2018)
"A heavyweight regional firm."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
8.5 / 10
6.6 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10


  • Maintaining a decent work/life balance is encouraged by the firm.
  • The levels of responsibility are very good for trainees from the outset.
  • The culture at the firm is very friendly, which leads to a pleasant working environment.
  • There is high-quality work and opportunities to run your own files.


  • Not all trainees get information about their seats as early as they would like.
  • Communication within the firm could be improved.
  • Some feel that the pay could be more competitive.
  • While attention is given to diversity programmes, some trainees feel more could be done.

What insiders say about...

"I would actually try to find ways to relax before the interview. The firm is not..."

"The culture is professional but friendly. There are plenty of opportunities to socialise..."

"The professional skills course is well run and organised. In-department training..."

"Most partners and solicitors at the firm are approachable. The only time people wouldn't..."

"The Bristol office has a great location and view, with open-plan working and a nice..."

"People work according to what they are working on. In some teams 9:00am to 6:00pm..."

"Trainees aren't eligible for bonuses."

"There's a fortnightly pop-up pub and our accommodation is paid for while we're on..."

"I worked as a paralegal in the firm and went through the same process of applications..."

"There were commercial awareness questions, and questions regarding relevant experience,..."

"There are posters asking you to think before you print but efforts could be greater...."

"The firm has upped its game on this recently following the BDiversity campaign and..."

"I am satisfied with the level of work and I am able to get involved in interesting..."

"Colleagues have two days of pro bono allowance but there are some who don't use it...."

"The people are down to earth and very approachable. There's an active social scene..."

"There are times when things can be quite quiet."

"I worked as a paralegal prior to securing my training contract. This made it clear..."

"I have been offered a new qualifier position. The ability to move offices upon qualification..."

"Bond Dickinson (possibly) has the best mixed netball team in the country."

"Involving, inclusive and growing."

"Bond Dickinson offers several work placements."

"The seat rotations could be handled more effectively."

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