Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - True Picture

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

4 More London Riverside,
Website www.womblebonddickinson.com

  • Partners 121
  • Associates 1000+ (globally) 
  • Total trainees: 52
  • UK offices Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton
  • 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: Approx 1,500-1,700
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 90+
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract deadline 2021: 28 February 2019
  • Vacation scheme 2019 deadline: 28 February 2019
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £28,000 (Bristol, Southampton and Plymouth); £34,000 (London); £25,000 (Newcastle and Leeds); £22,000 (Scotland)
  • Second-year salary: £30,000 (Bristol, Southampton and Plymouth); £36,000 (London); £27,000 (Newcastle and Leeds); £24,000 (Scotland)
  • 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: Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton. Scottish training contract
  • Client secondments: Yes

Firm profile

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 from 24 key locations across the United States and the United Kingdom – Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

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.

Main areas of work

Our focus continues to be on 12 major sectors:

• Energy and natural resources
• Healthcare
• Manufacturing
• Public service and third sector
• Private wealth
• Transport, logistics and infrastructure
• Financial institutions
• Insurance
• Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences
• Real estate
• Retail and consumer goods
• Technology

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 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. We will consider candidates with/on course to get a 2:1.

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 eight 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.

Apply for a training contract to start in 2020 online. The deadline to apply is 28 February 2018.

The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form assessing the core behaviours we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, teamwork 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 yourself.

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.

Vacation scheme

The firm’s work placement weeks are part of the recruitment process and all applicants should apply online. 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 2018.

Other benefits

Childcare vouchers, dental, subsidised gym, healthcare, pension, PMI as part of the flexible benefits package. Other flexible benefits include travel loan schemes, discounted car parking schemes and carbon offsetting, eye care, employee assistance programme, Cycle to Work scheme, buy and sell holidays, charity giving plus many more.

Social media

Twitter @WBD_TraineesUK

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