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There are two ways to apply for a training contract at Hill Dickinson:
Insight scheme in conjunction with a training contract
Training contract assessment day
Whichever route you choose to follow, the recruitment process and deadlines are the same. All applications open on 1 November 2020 with a deadline of 31 January 2021 and the process includes an online application, psychometric test and video interview via Microsoft Teams.
Hill Dickinson process applications on a rolling basis and if yours meets the initial criteria, you will be invited to complete a Watson Glaser critical thinking test, which you will be given five days to complete.
Academically, you'll need at least a 2.1 and ABB or equivalent however the firm do consider any extenuating circumstances for those who may not have met this requirement. Hill Dickinson are also proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) as they understand that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper, so the CRS allows them to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
- Written exercise
At Hill Dickinson they understand that their clients, their people and their communities are at the heart of everything they do.
They are an internationally recognised law firm that delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum across the UK, Europe and Asia. With more than 850 people, including 185 partners and legal directors, trainees gain direct exposure to client matters from the start, working alongside experienced lawyers and partners as an integral part of the team.
As a full service law firm, Hill Dickinson offer the full range of commercial legal services, from employment, property and construction, to corporate, commercial and dispute resolution. They have notable strength, experience and presence in a number of market sectors, including, marine, transportation and logistics, retail, public and private health (including life sciences), international trade, education, banking and financial services. For ease, Hill Dickinson arrange all their sectors under three broad business groups: marine, health and business services.
To find out what it is like to work at Hill Dickinson, read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Hill Dickinson offer insight schemes in their Liverpool, London, Manchester and Leeds offices that are designed with you in mind to give you the opportunity to see what life is really like at Hill Dickinson.
Over the course of the scheme, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in Hill Dickinson’s culture, and experience first-hand the welcoming and approachable working environment they have built.
There are up to 80 places available in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and London.
Award winning mentor – Winner of Best Training Principal 2019 (LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards), training principal, Richard Capper, is responsible for your overall training and ensuring that you have a valuable experience with Hill Dickinson.
Specialist approach – Hill Dickinson’s training contracts offer tailored, focused routes allowing you to train in the area of law you want to progress in so you can become a specialised lawyer from the outset.
Recruit to retain – The small intake ensures that each trainee has the teams full attention and means they have the resources to give you as much support as you need when beginning your career.
Stimulating work – You will be given immediate responsibilities and challenging tasks as you become a valued member of the team. Hill Dickinson involve and positively acknowledge trainees working together with more experienced colleagues in large corporate deals and cases.
Giving back – Whether volunteering at a charity you wish to support personally, working with their community partner charities or getting involved with some of the firm-wide envornmental, diversity and inclusion initiatives, Hill Dickinson have got something for you.
Wellbeing – Hill Dickinson have a dedicated programme offering a variety of activities and benefits to support you. The firm want their people to have a good work life balance, encouraging an agile and flexible approach to working.
- Commercial & IP
- Commercial litigation
- Private client
- Property litigation
- Health governance
- regulatory & public law
- Health advisory
- Health commercial
- Health litigation
- Health property
- Marine regulatory
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£312,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,119 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||77% (2019)|
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