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Womble Bond Dickinson

  • Up to 25 vacancies
  • 55 trainees
  • 130 partners
  • 1263 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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More info

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.

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 is a transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service, to a wide range of regional, national and international clients. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and eight UK cities - Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses and governmental organisations to privately managed business and wealthy individuals. Our clients’ interests always come first. Strong personal relationships, dedicated client teams and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses mean they have confidence that we can respond to their needs effectively and efficiently.

Our regional heritage, flexibility and commitment to innovation enable us to offer focused, relevant services as a compelling alternative to other firms.

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 eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance; Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

GDL and LPC are paid for along with £6,000 grant.

The firm’s work placement weeks are part of the recruitment process and all applicants should apply online at www.womblebonddickinson.com. The first stage is an online application form which assesses the core behaviours we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, teamwork and a commitment to our business and our clients. The deadline for our vacation scheme applications is 28 February 2020.

We look at our trainee recruitment as a long-term investment. Trainees at Womble Bond Dickinson will have an opportunity to spend six months in four business groups, gaining a real breadth of experience along the way.

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 contacts. We regularly second trainees to our most high profile clients. We keep our trainee intake relatively small, which means that more often than not, you'll be the only trainee in a team, giving you a large amount of access to the experience and advice from people who are happy to teach.

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 commercial awareness and a natural ability when dealing with people.

  • Oil & gas
  • Real estate
  • Planning
  • Casualty risks
  • Professional risk
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Property litigation
  • Finance
  • Commercial disputes
  • Banking & insolvency
  • Commercial
  • Private capital
  • IP
  • IT
  • Public services
  • 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
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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