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Womble Bond Dickinson

  • Up to 25 vacancies
  • 51 trainees
  • 126 partners
  • 1238 staff

About Womble Bond Dickinson

A transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service, to a wide range of regional, national and international clients.

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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.


Applications to

Joanne Smallwood

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • 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.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. 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
  • Planning
  • Casualty risks
  • Professional risk
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Property litigation
  • Finance
  • Commercial disputes
  • Banking & insolvency
  • Commercial
  • Private capital
  • IP/IT
  • Public service
  • Regulatory
  • Insurance
  • Transport
  • Energy & natural resource
  • Operational property
  • Agriculture
  • Charities
  • Private client
  • Private capital
  • Construction
  • Developers & investors
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

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Extra info

4 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AU
Phone: 0845 415 0000
Email: joanne.smallwood@wbd-uk.com
Web: www.trainingcontract.com
Work placement: Yes
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
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Retail outlets
  • Aberdeen
  • Bristol
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Newcastle
  • Plymouth
  • Southampton
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