By his own admission, Matt Marshall is a far better solicitor than he is a cook – which could prove unfortunate for his diners at Bond Dickinson’s next ‘come dine with trainee’ evening! Read on to find out more about life at firm that boasts high-quality work without the City hours.
- Applications to: Samantha Lee
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2016: 31/07/2014 Summer work placement: 31/01/2014
|Number of work placements:||30|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Sponsorship:||GDL and LPC|
Application details and method of selection
Having made the decision to apply to Bond Dickinson, you'll no doubt be keen to hear about our application process. Like any training contract application process it is designed to put you through your paces, but we really hope that the whole process fairly reflects our culture throughout.
The first stage 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 a one day assessment centre in the location of your choice.
We're often told that our assessment centre is relatively relaxed and reflects the culture and values of the firm. There is no getting away from the fact that you are here to be assessed but we genuinely believe that the only way to get the best out of people is to put them at ease. We spend a lot of time doing that before we start the day.
The day consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core competencies. But we also allow you time to meet with the 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 as much as we are doing the same about you!
Our closing date for applications is 31 July 2014 for training contracts due to commence in 2016.
Firm description and career prospects
Think the name sounds familiar? It should. Although we've only been in existence since 1 May 2013, you'll probably be very familiar with the two firms who created this exciting new proposition. Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees have both had a strong profile in the legal market and agreeing the merger was a major step in delivering the growth strategies for both firms. It's this new scale that will give us the strength, depth and sector insight to support our clients' commercial objectives. Both firms identified early in the discussions a shared culture and core values and with this at the heart of Bond Dickinson, together with ambitions for further growth, there's no doubt that it's an exciting time to be starting your career with us.
We have more than 1,200 people nationwide, including 146 partners and over 580 other legal professionals.
There is a great sense of pride amongst those who work at Bond Dickinson already. It's much more than having access to amazing clients and cutting edge work. It's about working within an environment where you are encouraged to flourish and feeling that what you do matters, whether you are a partner, trainee or work within the business support teams.
We've worked hard to create an open culture that really differentiates us from our competitors. It's this culture that gives us much more of a human feel emphasising that we're more than just suits!
So how do we achieve this? Our open door policy ensures that we are open and approachable. People have time for each other and it's this that will help to establish your professional relationships, many of which are likely to become lasting friendships.
To find out what it is like to work at Bond Dickinson read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Type of work
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.
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.
Who should apply?
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
Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton, Tees Valley
Diversity access schemes
Pathways to Law, PRIME