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Description

Bond Dickinson MyLocker firm

Overview

Vacancies: 25
Trainees: 45
Partners: 138
Staff: 1200
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Sponsorship: GDL and LPC

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Bond Dickinson.

Application details and method of selection

The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form assessing the core competences we look for: analytical thinking skills, communication and influencing skills, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships, commercial awareness, an ability to adapt and innovate and drive and motivation.

If you successfully pass this stage you will be invited to complete an online verbal critical reasoning If shortlisted you'll be invited to a telephone or video interview, depending on whether you have applied for the vacation scheme or training contract.

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice. This consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core competencies.  You will also meet with trainees, partners and other people from around the business.


Firm description and career prospects

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

Following a successful merger in 2013 Bond Dickinson continues to increase its business by growing its presence across the UK, strengthening client relationships, winning new business and investing in more highly skilled and ambitious people. Anyone at the start of their legal career would be joining us in a period of expansion and excitement.

Our focus continues to be on eight major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer good (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; chemicals and 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 are the law firm that focuses on what matters most to our clients and our people.


Sponsorship

GDL and LPC are paid for.


Work placements

The firm’s work placement weeks are part of the recruitment process and all applicants should apply online at www.bonddickinson.com. The first stage is an online application form which assesses the core competencies we look for: analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships, commercial awareness, an ability to adapt and innovate and drive and motivation.

If you are successful in getting through this stage, you will be invited to complete an online SHL verbal reasoning assessment.

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice. The day consists of a number of exercises as well as time to meet with trainees, partners and other people from around the business. By the end of the day we hope that you can make an informed decision about whether we are right for you.


Training contract programme

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

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 firm that is really going places. Your personal preferences are taken into serious consideration during the seat rotation process.

Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an ongoing basis. You will 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 will 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 are looking for people across our seven offices. There is no typical Bond Dickinson trainee - our trainees come from varied backgrounds and bring a range of different experience, and that is 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 is as important to us that candidates can demonstrate commercial awareness and a natural ability when dealing with people.


Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial


Work areas


Offices

Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton


Diversity access schemes

Pathways to Law, PRIME

Insights

Starting salary: £28,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Retail outlets

News

You can read more news about Bond Dickinson here.


22/05/2015

Stars of graduate recruitment shine at glittering LC.N awards

The 12th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards were held in London’s Gibson Hall, in the heart of the City, on Thursday 21 May.


27/03/2015

London boroughs to provide University of Law apprenticeships; Bond Dickinson hiring more apprentices

The University of Law has linked up with several London boroughs to provide its first Higher Apprenticeships in Legal Services.


20/03/2015

LC.N Awards 2015 nominations announced

Today we are pleased to bring you details of the firms and individuals who are nominated for the 12th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.


10/06/2014

Legal apprenticeship pilot scheme launched by Bond Dickinson

Bond Dickinson confirmed last week that it will trial a legal apprenticeship scheme for school leavers in its Plymouth office.


09/06/2014

BPP shortlisted for two prestigious pro bono awards

BPP Law School in Leeds has been nominated in two categories in the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, due to be held on 11 June 2014.


22/05/2014

LawCareers.Net Awards honour best in the business

On 22 May 2014 the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards celebrated their 11th year with over 200 recruiters, partners, trainees and other friends joining the LawCareers.Net team for a glamorous presentation at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.


15/05/2014

LC.N Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Today we are pleased to bring you details of the firms and individuals who are nominated for the 11th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.


28/03/2014

Work experience opportunities on offer to students at University of Law event

The University of Law in Bristol is hosting a 'Choose Law' event on 1 April, where students have the chance to win work experience at Burges Salmon, TLT, Bond Dickinson and Irwin Mitchell.


16/05/2013

LawCareers.Net Awards makes it a perfect 10

The LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards celebrated their 10th year with over 200 recruiters, partners, trainees and other friends joining the LawCareers.Net team for a chic riverside reception at the Design Museum, Shad Thames.


10/05/2013

LC.N Awards shortlist announced

Today we are pleased to bring you details of the firms and individuals who are nominated for the 10th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.

Diary

University of York law fair

  • Organiser: University of York
  • Date: 21/10/2015
  • Location: York
  • Venue: Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East campus
  • Time: 12:00

The City Law School law fair

  • Organiser: The City Law School
  • Date: 21/10/2015
  • Location: London
  • Venue: Great Hall, City University main campus
  • Time: 13:30

University of Exeter law fair

  • Organiser: University of Exeter
  • Date: 18/11/2015
  • Location: Exeter
  • Venue: Great Hall, Streatham campus
  • Time: 13:00

UWE Bristol law fair

  • Organiser: University of the West of England
  • Date: 25/11/2015
  • Location: Bristol
  • Venue: Block B, Frenchay Campus
  • Time: 16:00

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Meet the Lawyer

Bond Dickinson

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  • Sammy Hill

I was instantly handed my own case load and encouraged to liaise directly with clients, other solicitors and third-party advisers to progress matters.


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