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Hill Dickinson LLP

  • Up to 25 vacancies
  • 30 trainees
  • 185 partners
  • 850 staff

About Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Hill Dickinson LLP.

More info

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.

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 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.

From 2022 we will be adopting 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.

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 including project management and innovation. 

  • Commercial & IP
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Pensions
  • Private client
  • Property
  • Property litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring
  • Health governance
  • regulatory & public law
  • Health advisory
  • Health commercial
  • Health litigation
  • Health property
  • Commodities
  • Marine regulatory
  • Shipping
  • Yachts
  • 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
Number of work placements: 60
Start salary: £26,000 (North) £37,000 (London)
Fees paid for:
  • SQE
Turnover: £110,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £312,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,119 (2020)
Retention rate: 77% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 79.0% male (2020)
  • 21.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 39.0% male (2020)
  • 61.0% female
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Piraeus
  • Singapore
  • Monaco
  • Hong Kong
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Working Families