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Description

Bond Dickinson MyLocker firm

Overview

Vacancies: 20
Trainees: 40
Partners: 148
Staff: 1200
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
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 which assesses 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 are successful in getting through this stage, you will be invited to complete online verbal critical reasoning assessments. 

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice.

The assessment day 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

It has been a year of change for Bond Dickinson since our merger last year. In that time we’ve continued to grow our business by strengthening client relationships, winning new business and investing in our people.

It has been challenging but exciting and we’re looking forward to what the future now has in store for us.

One thing is for certain, we’re ambitious and committed to growing the business and that makes it an exciting time for anyone at the start of their legal career to be joining us.

The merger has given us a nationwide footprint and we now have more than 700 lawyers, 148 partners across eight locations; Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Plymouth, Southampton and Tees Valley.

We carry out the full business law mix and whilst we have the complete range of practice areas you might expect from a national law firm, we are proud to stand out in a number of areas. 

Our focus will be on seven 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. We also have three other areas which are growing: technology; hospitality and leisure; education.

To find out what it is like to work at Bond Dickinson, read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


Training contract programme

Our approach to trainee recruitment is one of long-term investment, both in terms of your career and the future of our business. We are looking for future associates and partners who will contribute to the growth and success of our business whilst developing their own rewarding careers.

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.

As a trainee solicitor, this is potentially one of the most exciting times of your career. You have the opportunity to try new things, experience a wide variety of practice areas and deal with different types of clients before really discovering your niche. So, it's great to know that you can do all of this within a very safe and supportive environment.

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. Your personal preferences are taken into consideration during the seat rotation process and whilst we cannot guarantee your first choice every time, we do promise a balanced training contract with real opportunities upon qualification.

Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an on-going basis. You have access to high-quality work and senior client contacts. We regularly second clients to our most high-profile clients. If that isn't evidence enough of the trust we place in our trainees, we're not sure what is!

We keep our trainee intake relatively small which is great for you. You are generally one trainee in a team which exposes you to some great opportunities. We're looking for trainees across six of our locations, namely, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton and Tees Valley, with regular opportunities to spend time in our Aberdeen or London offices. 

We can honestly say that there is no typical Bond Dickinson trainee. Our trainees come from varied backgrounds and bring a range of different experience, and that's 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 and it's as important to us that candidates can demonstrate commercial awareness and a natural ability when dealing with people.

Our graduate recruitment team read every application they receive from cover to cover. We fully appreciate that a lot of time and effort goes into the completion of a training contract application form and the very least we can do is to give it the attention that it deserves.


Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial


Work areas


Offices

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


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

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Stars of graduate recruitment shine at glittering LC.N awards

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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

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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.

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Meet the Lawyer

Bond Dickinson

Bond Dickinson

  • 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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