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Hill Dickinson LLP

Up to 25 vacancies
30 trainees
200 partners
950 staff

We are an internationally recognised law firm that delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum across the UK, Europe and Asia.

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Due to the move to SQE, the training contracts we offer this year will be to start in January 2026, with trainees starting their SQE in March 2025.

We offer training contracts tailored to each of our sectors – business services, health and marine – which you can apply for from the outset in your chosen location and pathway: insight scheme and training contract, or direct training contract. 

Applications to

Emerging talent team

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

At Hill Dickinson we understand that our clients, our people and our communities are at the heart of everything we do.

We 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 950 people, including more than 200 partners and legal directors. 

As a full service law firm, we offer the full range of commercial legal services, from employment, property and construction, to corporate, commercial and dispute resolution. We have 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, we arrange all 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

We offer insight schemes across our UK offices to give you the opportunity to see what life is really like at Hill Dickinson. Our insight schemes will also give you the opportunity to be considered for a training contract, and learn more about the sector that you are interested in. 

During the scheme, you will hear first-hand experiences of our trainees, trainee committee and wider business, and how this contributes to our welcoming and approachable culture. 

We will also be hosting open days in our Liverpool and London offices in December 2022. 

Our open day is a great opportunity to get to know the firm better and will be invaluable in helping you decide which training contract you would like to apply for. However, our open day is open to anyone at any stage of their education or career – whether you will be applying in the future or are just beginning to explore a career in law. 

The open day will include opportunities to attend sessions with our trainees, understand what a career in law really involves, and, if you decide we’re the firm for you, how to get the most out of your applications. 

Our training contracts offer tailored, focused routes, allowing you to train in the area of law that you want to progress in. You will do four six-month seats throughout your two-year training contract in your chosen sector – business services, health or marine. 

Our small intake ensures that each trainee has our full attention and means we have the resources to give you as much support as you need when beginning your career. You will be given immediate responsibilities and challenging tasks as you become a valued member of our team.

Throughout the two years you will be supported not only by your supervisor, but a dedicated trainee committee of partners, legal directors and senior associates across our locations and business groups.

Alongside your technical, legal training you will also have the opportunity to attend a programme designed to enhance your business skills and personal effectiveness, ensuring you have the foundations you need to continue to grow in your career.

Finally, being part of Hill Dickinson is about more than the work you do in each of your seats, and our trainees are actively involved in our corporate responsibility agenda, social committees and diversity and inclusion networking groups. By continually working with and listening to our people, we can make Hill Dickinson a supportive and inclusive workplace for everyone. 

We are pleased to be working with The University of Law to design a tailored SQE programme, ensuring that you get the best start to your legal career and are ready to deal with high levels of responsibility from the moment you start. 

The programme is focused on equipping our trainees with the skills they need to be successful lawyers of the future, with modules tailored to your sector, as well as on project management and innovation.

Read more about how we are delivering the SQE through our partnership with The University of Law here.

At Hill Dickinson we understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people. And that by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work can we benefit from their rich and varied strengths.

We have developed a diversity framework, which covers six pillars, to help us break down any assumed barriers to recruitment, progression and retention, and offer equal opportunities to all: gender; multicultural; accessibility; health and wellbeing; LGBTQ+; social mobility; age.

This framework guides our activity and each pillar has its own networking group – colleagues meet regularly to ensure we’re acknowledging, celebrating and supporting all of our people.

In addition, we partner with a number of organisations to help guide our diversity and inclusion strategy.

Our ED&I policies are enforced throughout the firm and across all senior leadership roles with board-level commitment. We promote our values in all that we do and ensure that we are challenging unacceptable behaviors in order to shape a truly inclusive culture.

We have adopted the SQE route via a graduate apprenticeship, meaning we cover the cost of your fees and you will receive an apprentice salary while you study.

If you are successful in receiving a training contract offer from the firm and have yet to complete an LPC, you will now follow the SQE route via a graduate apprenticeship. 

For those who already have or are in the process of completing the LPC, we will continue to accept your application and you will follow the current route. Please note that you will not be required to take the SQE in addition to your LPC. 

  • Real estate
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Banking
  • Commercial litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Restructuring
  • Private client
  • Pensions
  • Health litigation
  • Healthcare advisory
  • Healthcare commercial
  • Governance
  • Regulatory & public health
  • Health employment
  • Health real estate
  • Shipping
  • Commodities
  • Yachts
  • PI & regulatory
  • Cargo & logistics
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

No. 1 St Paul's Square, Liverpool, L3 9SJ
Phone: 0151 600 8000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Start salary: £28,000 (North) £39,000 (London)
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
Turnover: £110,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £312,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,000 (2022)
Retention rate: 100% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 82.0% male (2022)
  • 18.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2022)
  • 57.0% female
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • London
  • Leeds
  • Newcastle
  • Piraeus
  • Singapore
  • Monaco
  • Hong Kong
  • #10000BlackInterns
  • Action Tutoring
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Bright Network
  • Mindful Business Charter
  • Rare Recruitment
  • The Women in Law Pledge
  • Working Families