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The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application and assessment form assessing the core behaviours we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, teamwork, resilience and a commitment to our business and our clients.
Candidates will be asked to complete a set of neuroscience-based exercises. There is no right or wrong answer to the exercises, but an opportunity for the firm to measure candidates cognitive and personality traits.
If you successfully pass this stage you'll be invited to complete an online video interview. Which is an opportunity to tell us more about you.
The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice (Newcastle, Bristol, Southampton or London). This consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core behaviours. You'll also meet with trainees, partners and other people from around the business.
At Womble Bond Dickinson we look for intellectually able, motivated and enthusiastic graduates from any discipline or background. Successful applicants will understand the need to provide practical, commercial advice to clients. You’ll share the firm’s commitment to self-development and teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services that match their highest expectations.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Womble Bond Dickinson's regional heritage and local knowledge, combined with a transatlantic reach, gives us the insights capable of unlocking more opportunities for our clients and our people.
With locations on both sides of the Atlantic, we provide the breadth of legal experience and services to meet our clients’ needs without losing connections within our different communities.
These strong local and regional ties enable us to remain close to the issues our clients and our people.
A UK Top 20 and Global Top 100, all service commercial law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and eight UK cities. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations, wealthy individuals and over 100 rural landowners; including National Trust and English Heritage. With a focus on twelve key sectors (public, government and third sector; technology, healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate; retail and consumer; transport, logistics & infrastructure; pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life sciences; technology and private wealth).
For more information about our UK offices and regional strength please visit https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/uk/locations.
We take our commitment to being a responsible business very seriously and care about the impact of our actions on our people, our local community and the environment.
Building sustainable relationships through partnerships with charities, community projects and our own initiatives and networks, we are determined to play a strong role in creating better places to live, work and do business.
We want our actions to have real social value impact, and so focus our activity on social mobility, BAME and LGBTQ+ communities. Hoping to give empowerment and unlock potential with education, employment and entrepreneurship.
We run one-week long summer work placements which form part of the recruitment process. You’ll need to take part in our work placement scheme to apply for a training contract. During the week you’ll get involved with the business as a whole as well as learn more about the firm's culture, the people who work in the business and get a feel for the work of a junior lawyer. Applications open in October 2020 and we encourage early applications.
The first stage is an online application form which assesses the core behaviours we look for: honesty, drive and motivation, good communication skills, resilience, adaptability, diversity of thought and commercial sense.
The deadline for our vacation scheme applications is 28 February 2021.
Our training contract forms part of our early talent pipeline. Trainees at Womble Bond Dickinson will have an opportunity to spend six months in four business groups, gaining a real breadth of experience.
This is your training contract and it's up to you to make the most of it, but along the way we offer fantastic opportunities to develop your legal career in a growing firm.
Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an ongoing basis. You'll have access to high quality work and senior client contact. We regularly second trainees to our most high profile clients.
We're looking for people across seven of our UK offices. There is no typical Womble Bond Dickinson trainee - our trainees come from varied backgrounds and bring a range of different experience, and that's very important to us.
What all of our people do share is an enthusiasm for law and a passion for our business. Beyond that we look for our trainees to have a strong academic background, although this is not the only criteria we use when shortlisting applications.
It's as important to us that candidates can demonstrate honesty, drive and motivation, good communication skills, resilience, adaptability, diversity of thought and commercial sense.
GDL and LPC are paid for along with £6,000 grant.
- Oil & gas
- Real estate
- Casualty risks
- Professional risk
- Property litigation
- Commercial disputes
- Banking & insolvency
- Private capital
- Public service
- Energy & natural resource
- Operational property
- Private client
- Private capital
- Developers & investors
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
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.
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.
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.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
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.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
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.
Phone: 0845 415 0000
|Number of work placements:||90|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||Bristol and Southampton - £30,000; Leeds - £27,000; London - £38,000; Newcastle - £26,000; Plymouth - £28,000; Scotland - £22,000|
|Sponsorship:||GDL and LPC|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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