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|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree or above|
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Application details and method of selection
Firm description and career prospects
BDB is an innovative and growing firm with traditional roots. Our range of practice areas means we have a real variety of interesting and high profile work for clients, from household name companies to public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations and high net worth individuals.
We are a top 100 firm operating from offices in London and Cambridge but servicing a UK and international client base. Many of our solicitors are leaders in their field and we are proud to have more Roll A parliamentary agents than any other firm. The firm culture is friendly, inclusive and supportive and our trainees really do contribute to the work we do across the firm and are appreciated for it.
Who should apply
We welcome applications from both law and non-law students who are enthusiastic and genuinely interested in pursuing a career in law. We are looking for inquisitive people who have a willingness to take on tasks with a can do attitude. You will need to be a confident communicator and able to form and build on relationships with a variety of people including clients. We hope our trainees won’t just be here to train but to take our success forward as future partners.
Types of work
Our government and infrastructure team work on some of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects in the UK, specialising in planning, regulatory and public law.
Our real estate team manage the property life cycle from planning and construction to land disputes, drafting commercial leases and sale and purchase of property.
We have one of the largest private wealth teams in the UK offering a range of individual and business advice from wills, estates and trusts to international tax planning to long standing and new clients.
Our award winning charities team acts for over 450 global and UK charities, working with colleagues across the firm to offer advice from initial charity formation, set up and registration to tax planning and governance issues.
The corporate and commercial team advises businesses large and small, start-ups to household names, on all aspects including structural changes, mergers and acquisitions, IP and data protection.
The employment team provides expert advice on high profile and high value employment matters and immigration.
Our talented litigation department deals with a range of contentious matters including commercial disputes, property litigation, family disputes, judicial review, trusts and estates, insolvency and IP.
Bircham Dyson Bell provides funding for GDL and LPC fees with BPP Law School.
Bircham Dyson Bell offers a two week paid summer placement programme across the last week of June and first week of July each year. There are approximately 10 places available in our London office. The programme is for two weeks where attendees gain valuable experience with two departments. We aim to give as much practical experience as possible, plus the opportunity to see first hand how our solicitors and partners work. A range of activities are organised to make the programme insightful as well as enjoyable.
The closing date for summer 2018 is 31 January 2018. Please apply via our website.
Training contract programme
We give you real responsibility from the start, along with the right level of support, to ensure you never feel overwhelmed. You will get to work on interesting, challenging and high profile work which you might not expect from a firm of our size.
You will complete four six-month seats and receive ongoing training throughout. In each seat you will have lots of client interaction working as an essential part of the team. Our training principal speaks to you to understand your seat preferences and there are opportunities for client secondments. You will learn a lot from your supervisor and the experts you will work with so that when you qualify you have the breadth of skills required to be an excellent solicitor.
Type of practice
General Practice, Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Brokerage Citylink, Career Academies, Lawyers in Schools, PRIME, Stonewall