Womble Bond Dickinson

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Womble Bond Dickinson is a  progressive, forward thinking firm, with transatlantic capacity and understanding of our local markets. Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across 8 offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US. The combination puts Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings.

It matters to us that we have the right people working alongside us but, actually, there isn’t a typical Womble Bond Dickinson person. Our people come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of experience – and that’s important to us.

School leaver opportunities

Womble Bond Dickinson has a number of opportunities across each of our locations for developing your skills and gaining work experience as part of our early careers programme.

Our early careers programme includes insight days and structured work experience weeks for students age 16 and above, who are interested in working in a legal environment including support roles.  

Our insight days will give you an insight into the work of a commercial law firm with an introduction to a career in law, skills workshops and an opportunity to meet people from around the business.

Our work experience weeks start with an insight day followed by four days within the business, networking with professionals and gaining valuable work experience in both legal and support roles.

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, future lawyers and support functions.

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.

Our new Solicitor apprenticeship is a direct route to becoming a qualified solicitor without the requirement to go to university. Over the six years, you'll develop an amazing set of skills and a wealth of valuable experience whilst earning a good salary. You will spend time across a variety of legal and support teams covering a wide range of work and training.

It's no secret that we're an ambitious firm.  All of our people contribute to our success, not just our lawyers. They rely hugely on the support they receive from our equally talented business professionals. We are recruiting and training apprentices in a variety of our support teams with our dedicated secretaries, IT experts, HR Professionals, skilled recruiters and facilities managers.

As a growing firm, we have plans to create more of these roles!

Salary & benefits

Competitive salaries with a wide range of flexible benefits.

Requirements

We recognise that each of our teams have different needs and therefore the requirements for each role will vary. We will ask for a CV and cover letter with later stages being a video/face to face interview and an opportunity to meet the team.

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Womble Bond Dickinson Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
31 May, 2019
Intermediate Apprenticeship
Financial Services Administration Apprentice – Newcastle We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth team as a Financial services Administration Apprentice based in our Newcastle Quayside office. What do the Private Wealth team do? The team are a collaboration of lawyers, accounts, financial advisors and tax specialist. The Private Wealth team have built a solid reputation for providing creative legal and tax solutions, financial planning and investment advice to a wide range of clients. Their expertise is highly regarded and ensures that our clients' wealth is protected, now and for future generations.  For law firms, this is a pretty unique setup which allows us to offer our clients the very best full-service advice possible.  For you, it means a breadth of experience, development opportunities and an environment that is hard to replicate in a more specialist field. Where will you be working? You'll be based in our enviable Newcastle Quayside location. You'll sit in the Investments and Pensions team who advise a wide variety of clients, both corporate and private.  The corporate advice extends to financial planning for executives, shareholders and businesses and advice relating to corporate pensions and employee benefit schemes.  For our private clients, we offer financial planning advice to high net worth individuals, working closely with our legal and tax colleagues, which allows a holistic approach to ensure our clients maintain and grow their wealth.    What will you be doing? As a Financial Services Administrator you have a crucial role to play in supporting our Planners and Advisors by taking responsibility for the implementation of their investment advice to our clients.  This will involve you liaising with stock brokers, banks and other third party organisations, investing client's money, registering their stock, monitoring it's performance, reporting on how well it performs and producing valuations for clients.  What are we looking for?  Previous financial or administrative experience is not required, but an appetite for the industry is.  We're looking for strong academic achievements, but a graduate level qualification is not required.  This is a busy team and you'll need to be prepared to work under pressure with a high volume of work.   Your communication skills will be first-class, both written and verbal, you'll be highly organised, efficient and a strong team-player. What is in it for you? Most of our team have developed through our internal training programme and this is something that we feel passionately about, which is great news for you because you'll benefit from the career structure that we've worked hard to establish.  Whilst this is an entry level role, we're committed to developing all of our people and we're keen to support you through the  apprenticeship scheme.  This could see you progressing further within the Financial Administration team, or opening doors to the wider advisory team.  There's a lot to get your teeth into but some fantastic opportunities for anyone looking for a unique, challenging and supportive environment. We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships.  In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our  D&I  page to find out more. And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you. But most of all – it's our people and culture that make it a great place to work. Sound like this could be the career for you?  Well what are you waiting for, get in touch now!  If you have a CV ready and raring to go, the next step would be for you to make an application for the job via our website, don't forget to include a covering letter explaining why you are interested, and what you believe your unique selling points are.  Don't have a CV together yet?  Don't worry, give Kita Cureton (Recruitment Advisor) a call on 0117 9896611 and we can take it from there.  We look forward to hearing from you! If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with me on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter (@BondDCareers) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities
Womble Bond Dickinson Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
31 May, 2019
Higher Apprenticeship
Apprentice Wealth Planner Are you interested in a career in financial advice but not too sure where to start?   Why not consider an apprenticeship as a Wealth Planner. We have a unique opportunity for an apprentice to join Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth, the financial advice arm of our Private Wealth team based in Newcastle. About Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth sits within the broader Private Wealth department of the law firm.  The Private Wealth team have built a strong reputation for providing creative legal and tax solutions, financial planning and investment advice to a wide range of clients.  The department is a collaboration of lawyers, accountants, financial advisors and tax specialists.  Our expertise is highly regarded and ensures that our clients' wealth is protected, now and for future generations.  For law firms, this is a pretty unique setup which allows us to offer our clients the very best full-service advice possible.  As an Apprentice Wealth Planner you will join the financial advisory team.  You will benefit from thorough training leading to a career as a Paraplanner or Financial Advisor.  Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth advise a variety of clients, including companies, business owners, and entrepreneurs, family and charitable trusts, landed gentry, lottery winners.  The list goes on!  Our advice covers investments, retirement, life assurance, tax planning, inheritance arrangements, employee benefit packages and much more .  No two days are the same. What you will be doing Our Apprentice Wealth Planners have a crucial role in supporting the advisors; attending client meetings, acting as a point of contact for clients, undertaking research into financial products, developing solutions for our clients, drafting recommendation reports and letters, reviewing portfolios and assessing investment risk.  What are we looking for? Previous financial or administrative experience is not required, but an appetite for the industry is.  We are looking for strong academic achievements, but a graduate level qualification is not essential.  We are looking for candidates with an intellectual curiosity, an analytical mind and a strong desire to be part of a high-performing team.  Your communication skills will be first-class, both written and verbal.  We are a business built around relationships so excellent interpersonal skills are a must.  You will be highly organised, efficient and a strong team-player.  Above all, you will be motivated, driven and willing to learn. What is in it for you? Womble Bond Dickinson Wealth are real advocates for organic growth within the team and have developed a fantastic programme for anyone looking to build their career in financial advice.  Many of our team have developed through our internal training programme and this is something that we feel passionately about.  This is great news for you as you will benefit from the career structure that we have worked hard to establish and is now tried and tested.  Following the  Financial Advisor Apprenticeship Level 4  (equivalent to a certificate in higher education) you will receive first class training and support to attain your Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.  You will be given a clear career path to help you progress through the team with the help of a mentor who has worked through our training program themselves and will support you along the way.  Many of our past trainees have gone onto become Chartered Financial Advisors. We offer a competitive salary along with a flexible benefits package that can be tailored to suit your needs. This could include buying more holiday to go on the holiday of your dreams,  buying a bike through our cycle purchase scheme to make your commute to work environmentally friendly and tax-efficient or joining our Christmas savings club to ensure you have the festive expenses covered! In addition, through our Diversity & Inclusion practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our  D&I page  to find out more. Next steps If this sounds like a role that you can do then we want to hear from you.  Please follow the instructions to make a formal application – we ask for just a few contact details and a copy of your CV.  If you have questions about the role please do contact me, Kita Cureton, on 0117 989 6611 or you can email me at kita.cureton@wbd-uk.com  (No agencies please as we are an in house recruitment team).  For recruitment news, updates and job alerts follow us on Twitter @WBD_CareersUK, Facebook @womblebonddickinsoncareers and Instagram @WBD_Careers