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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

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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


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

Diversity access schemes

Pathways to Law, PRIME


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



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