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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.
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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.
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Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
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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 a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
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Employment, pensions & incentives
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Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
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Housing/landlord & tenant
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Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
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The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including food, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
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Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
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Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
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