Employer profile

Bond Dickinson LLP

Updated
Updated: September, 2016

About Bond Dickinson LLP

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Bond Dickinson, a dynamic UK law firm, provides a comprehensive legal service to our clients in a wide range of legal sectors across seven cities - Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

Following a successful merger in 2013 Bond Dickinson continues to increase its business by growing its presence across the UK, strengthening client relationships, winning new business and investing in more highly skilled and ambitious people. Anyone at the start of their legal career would be joining us in a period of expansion and excitement.

Our focus continues to be on 8 major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer good (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; chemicals and manufacturing; transport and infrastructure; private wealth and insurance. We also continue to grow in the technology; hospitality and leisure and education sectors.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses and governmental organisations to privately managed business and wealthy individuals. We pride ourselves on asking the right questions so that we can deliver the right solutions and put the right team on each client need. We build long-term relationships with our clients so that we can anticipate their needs and develop deep sector knowledge. We work hard to put ourselves in our client's shoes and develop a common sense of purpose with them.

We are the law firm that focuses on what matters most to our clients and our people.

Main areas of work

We are a full service law firm with a focus on 8 major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; chemicals and manufacturing; transport and infrastructure; private wealth and insurance. We also continue to expand our technology; hospitality and leisure and education sectors.

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Who should apply/trainee profile

At Bond Dickinson we look for intellectually able, motivated and enthusiastic graduates from any discipline. Successful applicants will understand the need to provide practical, commercial advice to clients. You will share the firm’s commitment to self-development and teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services that match their highest expectations.

We look for candidates at 2:1 degree level and accept applications from both law and non-law backgrounds.

Training programme/environment

We look at our trainee recruitment as a long-term investment. Trainees at 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 firm that is really going places. Your personal preferences are taken into serious consideration during the seat rotation process.

Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an ongoing basis. You will 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 will 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 are looking for people across our seven offices. There is no typical Bond Dickinson trainee - our trainees come from varied backgrounds and bring a range of different experience, and that is 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 is as important to us that candidates can demonstrate commercial awareness and a natural ability when dealing with people.

When and how to apply

The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form assessing the core competences we look for: analytical thinking skills, communication and influencing skills, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships, commercial awareness, an ability to adapt and innovate and drive and motivation.

If you successfully pass this stage you will be invited to complete an online video interview.

The next step will be to attend an assessment day in the location of your choice (Newcastle or Bristol). This consists of a number of exercises designed to assess the core competencies. You will also meet with trainees, partners and other people from around the business.

Work placements

The firm’s work placement weeks are part of the recruitment process and all applicants should apply online at www.bonddickinson.com. The first stage is an online application form which assesses the core competencies we look for: analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships, commercial awareness, an ability to adapt and innovate and drive and motivation.

Apprenticeships

In September 2014 we launched the first of our apprenticeship programmes. We recognised the importance of creating alternative routes into the profession for those who wanted to get their first foot on the career ladder sooner rather than later. We also wanted to develop our own home grown talent to ensure a continued pipeline of paralegals and future lawyers.

Our well established Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services runs over two years. You'll work within our paralegal team, giving you access to a wide range of clients and types of work. Our legal apprenticeship offers school leavers and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal legal qualifications and a role in the profession through paid, on-the-job training as an apprentice paralegal.

Since starting in 2014, our legal apprenticeship scheme has been hugely successful and we are currently recruiting for three new apprentices to join our Plymouth office in September 2017. For more information please visit our website.

Work sectors

law

Location

Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Southampton

Contact details

Address
Bond Dickinson LLP
4 More London Riverside
SE1 2AU
London