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Bond Dickinson LLP

Updated: September, 2017

About Bond Dickinson LLP

From November 2017 Bond Dickinson and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice will combine to form Womble Bond Dickinson. Womble Bond Dickinson will have more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US.

The combination will put Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings.

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

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; 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're the law firm that focuses on what matters most to our clients and our people.


Main areas of work

We're a full service law firm with a focus on eight major sectors: energy, waste and natural resources; retail and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG); real estate; financial institutions; 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 or background. Successful applicants will understand the need to provide practical, commercial advice to clients. Youll share the firm’s commitment to self-development and teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services that match their highest expectations.

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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 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 offices. There is no typical 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.

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When and how to apply

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 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.


Work placements

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.


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 Paralegal Apprenticeship 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.

Following on from our successful level three Advances Apprenticeship in Legal Services, we will launch our first level seven Solicitor Apprenticeship in the summer of 2018.

Since starting in 2014, our legal apprenticeship scheme has been hugely successful. We're proud to have been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer earlier this year, at the same time as receiving the award for Best Newcomer Large Employer, in the National Apprenticeship Awards. Applications for our September 2018 intake will be opening again in October 2017 and for more information about the programme please take a look at our website.

Our profession has continued to embrace apprenticeships as an alternative route to law and last year saw the launch of the first solicitor apprenticeship programme. This is a six-year programme taking you through from A-Level to qualification as a solicitor, without the need to attend university full-time. We recognise that university isn't for everyone, and we wanted to create an opportunity for those who thought a career in law might not be attainable. Our solicitor apprenticeship launched earlier this year, in Newcastle, and we have our first three apprentices joining us in September.

But we haven't stopped there. There are some great careers available within a law firm; our business couldn't operate without the highly talented support teams who provide expert advice in HR, IT, Business Development, Facilities Management, Finance to name a few. Over the course of the last 12 months we have launched apprenticeships in HR, IT, Facilities Management and Secretarial Services and we anticipate more being launched in the coming months.

Our business is fully committed to opening up new routes to our profession, ensuring our people all benefit from the fantastic development opportunities available to them, and apprenticeships are just one more way for us to do that.


Work sectors



Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle upon Tyne, Plymouth, Southampton

Contact details

0845 415 0000
4 More London Riverside

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