Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - True Picture

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

4 More London Riverside,
London,
SE1 2AU
Website www.womblebonddickinson.com

  • Partners 126*
  • Associates 523* 
  • Total trainees: 51**UK figures 
  • UK offices Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton
  • Overseas offices: 19
  • Contacts  
  • Graduate recruiter: Joanne Smallwood [email protected] 0191 2799046
  • Training partners: Simon Hughes and Paul Stewart
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contract pa: Up to 25
  • Applications pa: 1,200-1,500
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 (all applications are considered)
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 90+
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Please visit website for application information. We encourage early applications
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: Bristol and Southampton - £30,000; Leeds - £27,000; London - £38,000; Newcastle - £26,000; Plymouth - £28,000; Scotland - £22,000
  • Second-year salary: Bristol and Southampton - £32,000; Leeds - £29,000; London - £40,000; Newcastle - £28,000; Plymouth - £30,000; Scotland - £24,000
  • Post qualification salary: competitive (benchmarked annually)
  • Sponsorship  
  • LPC fees: Full cost of the course plus £6,000 grant
  • GDL fees: Full cost of the course plus £6,000 grant
  • International and regional 
  • Offices with training contracts: Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton.
  • Client secondments: Yes

Firm profile



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.

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.

Main areas of work



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 and infrastructure; pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences; technology and private wealth).

Trainee opportunities



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, show diversity of thought and share the firm’s commitment to self-development, teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services that match their highest expectations.

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.

Vacation scheme



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 on 1st October 2020 and we encourage early applications.
For more information and to apply please visit our website.

Social media



Twitter @WBD_Careers
Instagram @WBD_Careers

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2020

Ranked Departments

    • Banking & Finance (Band 1)
    • Construction (Band 2)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
    • Employment (Band 1)
    • Information Technology (Band 2)
    • Litigation (Band 2)
    • Planning (Band 1)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 2)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
    • Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 1)
    • Construction (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
    • Employment (Band 1)
    • Information Technology (Band 2)
    • Litigation (Band 2)
    • Planning (Band 1)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
    • Pensions (Band 3)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 2)
    • Social Housing (Band 2)
    • Environment (Band 1)
    • Charities (Band 2)
    • Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education) (Band 2)
    • Education: Institutions (Schools) (Band 2)
    • Local Government (Band 4)
    • Transport: Rail: Franchising (Band 1)
    • Transport: Rail: Projects & Infrastructure (Band 3)
    • Transport: Rail: Rolling Stock (Band 2)

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