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Wedlake Bell LLP

8 vacancies
16 trainees
78 partners
290 staff

Wedlake Bell provides a full service to UK and international corporate and private clients. Building relationships is at the heart of everything we do.

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More info

To apply candidates must complete the application form on our website. Candidates will need to submit a covering letter as part of this application.

Once we have reviewed the applications, successful candidates will be invited to an interview day.

For the vacation scheme, there is one interview day which includes an interview with two members of our recruitment panel and a written assessment. 

For training contracts, in addition to the first interview day, there is a final stage with a final interview, networking lunch and a final written assessment. 

Applications to

Annabel Hale

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Written exercise

Wedlake Bell is a medium-sized law firm providing legal advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals from around the world. Our services are based on a high degree of partner involvement, extensive business and commercial experience, and strong technical expertise. We have approximately 150 lawyers in central London and affiliations with law firms throughout Europe and in the United States.

Who should apply

In addition to academic excellence, we look for commercial aptitude, flexibility, enthusiasm, a personable nature, confidence, mental agility and computer literacy in our candidates. Languages are not crucial.

Summer vacation scheme

Every July we offer an exclusive three-week summer vacation scheme to a limited number of students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The scheme is very structured and enables successful applicants to gain first-hand experience of life as a trainee solicitor at Wedlake Bell.

The 2024 summer vacation scheme will run from Monday 24 June 2024 – Friday 12 July 2024.

We view our summer vacation scheme as a prolonged interview for training contracts and a significant number of our trainees are recruited directly from our summer vacation scheme.

In each of the three weeks, you will be assigned to a fee earner in one of our core teams and will become actively involved with their caseload. In addition, we will ask you to prepare a presentation as part of a summer student group, you’ll have ownership over the topic and final output. These presentations will be made in your last week to a selection of our lawyers and our current trainees.

Summer vacation scheme students will also be able to meet a variety of people from across the firm and experience the firm’s culture for yourself.

Open day

This year, Wedlake Bell are pleased to offer an open day in December 2023. This is aimed at those who are looking to find out more about a career in law and life at a City firm. Applications are open to first year students and beyond. 

Please complete the short application form on our website to be considered.

Solicitor apprenticeships

Wedlake Bell will begin hiring solicitor apprentices from September 2023 to commence thier training in September 2024.

Trainees have four seats of six months across the following areas: insolvency, restructuring and recoveries; construction; commercial litigation; commercial property; corporate; employment; IP and commercial; pensions and employee benefits; private client; property litigation and residential property.

As a trainee we encourage you to have direct contact and involvement with clients from an early stage. You will work within highly specialised teams and have a high degree of responsibility. You will be closely supervised by a partner or senior solicitor, and will become involved in high-quality and varied work. We are committed to the training and career development of our lawyers, and many of our trainees continue their careers with the firm, often through to partnership.

Wedlake Bell has an informal, creative and co-operative culture with a balanced approach to life.

Before starting your training contract, you will meet your intake and other future trainees in person at multiple events throughout the year. The firms also provides a pre-joiner programme of events in the build-up to the start of the training contract. Highlights this year included, speed networking and a 'how to prepare for your training contract session'. 

‘Wedlake Bell stands out for the breadth and depth of matters you are entrusted with. The partners and trainee supervisors are genuinely invested in supporting your development, whilst promoting an inclusive and supportive culture which ensures everyone has a healthy work-life balance.’

Quote from Zahra Shah, newly qualfied solicitor. Zahra completed her training contract with Wedlake Bell in September 2023 and qualifed into the corporate team. 

Wedlake Bell are pleased to be working with The University of Law to prepare our future trainees for the SQE. In addition to exam preparation, trainees will also complete additional modules to help them prepare for life as a City lawyer. This course will also be a certified LLM qualification. 

Wedlake Bell will ask non-law graduates completing the SQE to complete the PGDip (GDL) before beginning their SQE preparation. 

At Wedlake Bell we are committed to a culture of fairness and equal opportunities. This culture underpins our recruitment practice and guides the firm’s policy in relation to the development and retention of all those who work at the firm.

We are signatories to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter and we strive to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from difference. We have always emphasised that our firm is a true “meritocracy”, with opportunities accessible to all.

Our Equality and Diversity Committee which includes Partners, legal and support staff from across the business meets on a regular basis to review all matters relating to diversity and to help us provide an inclusive and supportive place to work. The Committee reports direct to the firm’s board.

SQE (or LPC) fees paid and £7,000 maintenance grant where local authority grant not available.

PGDip (GDL) fees will be paid for future trainees completing the SQE route, who have not already completed or started the PGDip.

Wedlake Bell will be working with The University of Law. 

  • Insolvency
  • Restructuring & recoveries
  • Employment
  • Property litigation
  • IP & commercial
  • Corporate
  • Banking
  • Commercial property
  • Residential property
  • Construction
  • Private client
  • Pensions & employee benefits
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4AY
Phone: 020 7395 3000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of vacation schemes: 8
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree
Start salary: £40,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £31,451,478 (2015)
Profit per partner: £308,000 (2014)
Training programme applications: 250 (2018)
Retention rate: 85% (2023)
Partner diversity:
  • 64.0% male (2022)
  • 36.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 36.0% male (2023)
  • 64.0% female
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