Womble Bond Dickinson

Profile

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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To see Apprenticeship opportunities click here 

To find out more about opportunities at Womble Bond Dickinson click here

To find out how to get involved and more about what they look for, click here.

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Womble Bond Dickinson Southampton, UK
05 Jul, 2018
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary: Competitive Deadline : 23rd July 2018 Location : Southampton td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --> If someone told you, you could qualify as a solicitor in 6 years, without going to university, while earning a good salary and developing amazing skills and experience along the way, would you believe them? Well you should! Our Solicitor Apprenticeship does just that. We know that university isn't for everyone, but that shouldn't be the end of a successful legal career; in fact, it could be just the beginning with us. Having launched our first Solicitor Apprenticeship programme in September 2017, we're now looking to roll out for a second year in our Southampton office. We're looking for two talented future lawyers to join our Real Estate team in Southampton at the start of what is an incredibly exciting new programme. You'll be the first of our Solicitor Apprentices in this team, which presents you with a unique opportunity to shape the future of our programme. So, not only do you get to qualify as a solicitor, without University and the associated costs, you'll also have a significant impact on the future of our business. Now how does that sound for starters? If you're worried that this is new, don’t be. We've a great track record in recruiting, developing and retaining apprentices. In fact we've been recognised in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers as well as bagging the award for Best Newcomer Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards – those accolades don't get much better, and we're so very proud to have been honoured for the programme that we've been running since 2014. So, we think we're pretty good at this, but don't take our word for it, check out our YouTube channel to hear first-hand from some of our legal apprentices. Okay, I hear you ask, "What will I actually be doing?" We can promise you it's not all admin and filing. This is a real opportunity to contribute to the future success of our business. We're training our next generation of lawyers and that means giving you access to great quality work that will increase in complexity as you develop through the programme. So be prepared for a gentle introduction to the business which might include spending some time in our business support teams, so that you really get to understand how our business works. As you move into more of a legal role, we'll start you off gently with some of the more administrative duties so that you gain your confidence before taking on the more complex legal tasks. But don't worry, you'll be supported every step of the way with a dedicated supervisor, mentor and HR support. We're all rooting for you and want you to succeed, so we'll do everything in our power to make sure that happens. They'll be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with some of the wider business activities. We've an active sports and social committee who organise regular events which will allow you to get to know your colleagues a little better. We also have a strong focus on corporate social responsibility and there are plenty of community projects or charitable initiatives for you to get involved with. In fact, we'll even give you two volunteering days a year, on top of your holiday entitlement. It sounds so good, even we might apply! We're looking for candidates with good academics; BBB at A-levels as a minimum. Beyond that, we'll be looking for you to demonstrate a few core skills: team-working, communication, creative and analytical thinking, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships and a drive to succeed. If it's an easy decision, then get your application in soon; our closing date is 23 July, with our selection week running during the week commencing 16 August. Just complete the application form from the link below, and we'll get in touch once our application deadline passes to let you know what the next steps are. Our selection process involves a mini work placement with the team to give you an opportunity to decide whether we're the right environment for you. If the timing isn't quite right for you, or this isn't the programme that you're looking for, you can keep in touch through our various social media channels for regular updates on the opportunities that might suit you best. For recruitment news, updates and job alerts follow us on Twitter @WBD_CareersUK, Facebook @womblebonddickinsoncareers and Instagram @WBD_CareersUK.
Womble Bond Dickinson Southampton, UK
29 Jun, 2018
Degree Apprenticeship
Deadline: 23rd July 2018 Salary: Competitive Location: Southampton   If someone told you, you could qualify as a solicitor in 6 years, without going to university, while earning a good salary and developing amazing skills and experience along the way, would you believe them? Well you should!  Our Solicitor Apprenticeship does just that.  We know that university isn't for everyone, but that shouldn't be the end of a successful legal career; in fact, it could be just the beginning with us.  Having launched our first Solicitor Apprenticeship programme in September 2017, we're now looking to roll out  for a second year in our Southampton office.  We're looking for two talented future lawyers to join our Real Estate team in Southampton at the start of what is an incredibly exciting new programme.  You'll be the first of our Solicitor Apprentices in this team, which presents you with a unique opportunity to shape the future of our programme.  So, not only do you get to qualify as a solicitor, without University and the associated costs, you'll also have a significant impact on the future of our business.  Now how does that sound for starters? If you're worried that this is new, don’t be. We've a great track record in recruiting, developing and retaining apprentices.  In fact we've been recognised in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers as well as bagging the award for Best Newcomer Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards – those accolades don't get much better, and we're so very proud to have been honoured for the programme that we've been running since 2014.  So, we think we're pretty good at this, but don't take our word for it, check out our YouTube channel to hear first-hand from some of our legal apprentices. Okay, I hear you ask, "What will I actually be doing?"  We can promise you it's not all admin and filing.  This is a real opportunity to contribute to the future success of our business.  We're training our next generation of lawyers and that means giving you access to great quality work that will increase in complexity as you develop through the programme.  So be prepared for a gentle introduction to the business which might include spending some time in our business support teams, so that you really get to understand how our business works.  As you move into more of a legal role, we'll start you off gently with some of the more administrative duties so that you gain your confidence before taking on the more complex legal tasks.  But don't worry, you'll be supported every step of the way with a dedicated supervisor, mentor and HR support.  We're all rooting for you and want you to succeed, so we'll do everything in our power to make sure that happens. They'll be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with some of the wider business activities.  We've an active sports and social committee who organise regular events which will allow you to get to know your colleagues a little better.  We also have a strong focus on corporate social responsibility and there are plenty of community projects or charitable initiatives for you to get involved with.  In fact, we'll even give you two volunteering days a year, on top of your holiday entitlement.   It sounds so good, even we might apply!  We're looking for candidates with good academics; BBB at A-levels as a minimum.  Beyond that, we'll be looking for you to demonstrate a few core skills: team-working, communication, creative and analytical thinking, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships and a drive to succeed. Do you still have questions?  That's only natural.  We're here to answer any queries you might have before you make your application.  Feel free to get in touch with me, Samantha Lee, at  sam.lee@wbd-uk.com  or 0117 989 6521. You'll also find me on LinkedIn or Twitter (@sammylee75) if you'd prefer to engage with me that way. If it's an easy decision, then get your application in soon; our closing date is 23 July, with our selection week running during the week commencing 16 August.  Just complete the application form from the link below, and we'll get in touch once our application deadline passes to let you know what the next steps are.  Our selection process involves a mini work placement with the team to give you an opportunity to decide whether we're the right environment for you. If the timing isn't quite right for you, or this isn't the programme that you're looking for, you can keep in touch through our various social media channels for regular updates on the opportunities that might suit you best. For recruitment news, updates and job alerts follow us on Twitter @WBD_CareersUK, Facebook @womblebonddickinsoncareers and Instagram @WBD_CareersUK.
Womble Bond Dickinson Newcastle, UK
08 Feb, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship
Deadline: Ongoing Salary: Competitive Location: Newcastle Administration Assistant Apprentice - Newcastle In January 2017 we won an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in London.  Now we are building on our past success and introducing more Apprenticeship opportunities across the firm. Let me introduce our Administration & Secretarial Services team We're a really big law firm with offices across the country (and in the United States, but more about that later).  In the UK our Administration & Secretarial Services team are also based across the country and between them they support our 1300 staff.  They ensure our legal documents are produced to the highest standards and provide key day to day administrative assistance to our lawyers. So what are we looking for? People are at the very heart of what we do and to succeed we need the most talented and motivated teams in place.  Our approach is really quite simple and underpinned by our values. We work hard but we also want our people to enjoy long and successful careers with us. That means making sure that everybody has the opportunity to develop and grow as well as being rewarded for their successes.  We also feel it is very important to develop our people from within and have decided to recruit an apprentice into our Tax, Trust & Accounting team in Newcastle, so they can learn from the grass-roots upwards and carve out an exciting and interesting career with us. What will the Apprentice do? Our apprenticeship will offer the opportunity to gain a formal Level 2 Legal Administration qualification as well as paid on-the-job training. You will learn the key aspects of the role, such as filing (electronic & manual), proofreading, communication and creating business documents.  Your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly, by a variety of methods including an e-portfolio, work-place exams, assignments and supervisory testimonials. What makes it so great to work here? I mentioned we're award winning -  in fact we've received recognition for our apprenticeship programme in the form of two awards recently reassuring you that the quality of support you'll receive here is second to none.  Secondly, we've worked hard and continue to 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. There are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in too; perhaps you're into charity fund raising, we love to see people keen to get involved with our corporate social responsibility strategy, so much so we'll even give you two days per year on us to get involved. 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. Most of all it's our people that make it a great place to work. I promised you more about our Firm. Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France. 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 eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients. What experience and qualifications are we looking for? We're looking for positive and enthusiastic individuals who have a genuine desire to pursue a career in legal administration.  We are looking for 5 GCSE grades A to C or equivalent, specifically Maths and English.  So you're interested but still have some questions? This all sounds great but it's a big decision and you still have reservations, how can you be sure this is right for you? You can contact me to talk it through or you can read more about our other apprenticeships on our website.  My name is Lisa Gater and my telephone number is 0117 9896772. You've made up your mind and want to apply. If you're already sold what are you waiting for.  You can formally apply via the apply now button below to upload your CV,  please don't forget to include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role.
Womble Bond Dickinson Newcastle, UK
08 Feb, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship
Deadline: Ongoing Salary: Competitive Location: Newcastle    Administration Assistant Apprentice (Agriculture, Farms & Estates) - Newcastle In January 2017 we won an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in London.  Now we are building on our past success and introducing more Apprenticeship opportunities across the firm. Let me introduce our Administration & Secretarial Services team We're a really big law firm with offices across the country (and in the United States, but more about that later).  In the UK our Administration & Secretarial Services team are also based across the country and between them they support our 1300 staff.  They ensure our legal documents are produced to the highest standards and provide key day to day administrative assistance to our lawyers. So what are we looking for? People are at the very heart of what we do and to succeed we need the most talented and motivated teams in place.  Our approach is really quite simple and underpinned by our values. We work hard but we also want our people to enjoy long and successful careers with us. That means making sure that everybody has the opportunity to develop and grow as well as being rewarded for their successes.  We also feel it is very important to develop our people from within and have decided to recruit an apprentice into our Agriculture, Farms & Estates team in Newcastle, so they can learn from the grass-roots upwards and carve out an exciting and interesting career with us. What will the Apprentice do? Our apprenticeship will offer the opportunity to gain a formal Level 2 Legal Administration qualification as well as paid on-the-job training. You will learn the key aspects of the role, such as filing (electronic & manual), proofreading, communication and creating business documents.  Your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly, by a variety of methods including an e-portfolio, work-place exams, assignments and supervisory testimonials. What makes it so great to work here? I mentioned we're award winning -  in fact we've received recognition for our apprenticeship programme in the form of two awards recently reassuring you that the quality of support you'll receive here is second to none.  Secondly, we've worked hard and continue to 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. There are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in too; perhaps you're into charity fund raising, we love to see people keen to get involved with our corporate social responsibility strategy, so much so we'll even give you two days per year on us to get involved. 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. Most of all it's our people that make it a great place to work. I promised you more about our Firm. Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France. 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 eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients. What experience and qualifications are we looking for? We're looking for positive and enthusiastic individuals who have a genuine desire to pursue a career in legal administration.  We are looking for 5 GCSE grades A to C or equivalent, specifically Maths and English.  So you're interested but still have some questions? This all sounds great but it's a big decision and you still have reservations, how can you be sure this is right for you? You can contact me to talk it through or you can read more about our other apprenticeships on our website.  My name is Lisa Gater and my telephone number is 0117 9896772. You've made up your mind and want to apply. If you're already sold what are you waiting for.  You can formally apply via the apply now button below to upload your CV,  please don't forget to include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role.
Womble Bond Dickinson Leeds, UK
08 Feb, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship
Deadline: Ongoing Salary: Competitive Location: Leeds Apprenticeships are a great way to get your career off to an early start, gaining recognised industry qualifications and earning a salary at the same time. At Womble Bond Dickinson, we recognise that university isn't for everyone and we've created a number of opportunities that allow you to start a rewarding career.  In fact we have won awards for our Apprenticeship schemes. What will I be doing? We're now recruiting for an Administration Apprentice to join our Facilities Services team in our Leeds office.  Our Facilities Services team are one of the many functions that keep our business running smoothly.  They make sure that we have a great office environment to work in and all the facilities we need to be successful.  This includes our catering facilities, reception teams, building maintenance, post room and operational support.  We couldn't function without them.  You'll start initially within our postroom which will give you a fantastic grounding in our business and an understanding of how we operate - this could be a springboard into a number of exciting opportunities in the future.  As an Apprentice in this team you'll enjoy a wide variety of tasks, working closely with more experienced facilities professionals, who will be only too happy to mentor and guide you through your formal qualification.  You'll be given all the time and support you need to study towards your Certificate in Facilities Management (Level 2).  Do I need qualifications and experience? We're looking for bright, ambitious and enthusiastic individuals with an appetite for learning and who love working as part of team.  You'll need a good academic track record, excellent organisational and customer service skills as well as great communication skills.  What makes it great to work here? Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across the US and UK including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France But most of all – it's our people and culture that make it a great place to work. So you're interested but have some Questions? Sounds like role that you can do? Then we want to hear from you.  Please follow the instructions to make a formal application. If you have questions about the role please do contact me Sara Casey on 0117 989 6559 or sara.casey@bonddickinson.com (No agencies please we are an in-house recruitment team).  
Womble Bond Dickinson Plymouth, United Kingdom
22 Jan, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
Deadline: Ongoing Salary: Competitive Location: Plymouth Last year we won an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in London.  Now we are building on our past success and introducing an Apprenticeship opportunity within our IT Services team. Let me introduce our IT Services team We're a really big international law firm with offices across the UK and US (I'll tell you more about us later).  Our IT services team are also based across the country and they support our 1300 staff in the UK.  They keep our systems running smoothly, they build and roll out new systems, they set up new people who join, they replace and update our equipment, help us when we we press the wrong button (or spill tea in our keyboard), they support video conferencing, deliver training and much more. So what's the Service Desk? Our Service Desk team are the people we phone or email when we first discover we have an IT problem.  They're always so helpful, patient and good at problem solving.  It may be re-setting a password, resolving access issues, unlocking a document through to arranging for new equipment or resolving a complex workflow issue.  They are a very knowledgeable team based in Plymouth. What will the Apprentice do? Our IT apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a formal IT qualification (Infrastructure Technician Level 3) as well as paid on-the-job training. By supporting the Service Desk team you will learn IT principles and practices, develop first class customer service skills, build effective relationships with people across the firm, learn about workflows and processes, you'll log requests, help with any office moves, assist with new software upgrades, and most importantly participate in the wider team. What makes it so great to work here? I mentioned we're award winning -  in fact we've received recognition for our apprenticeship programme in the form of two awards recently reassuring you that the quality of support you'll receive here is second to none.  Secondly, we've worked hard and continue to 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. There are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in too; perhaps you're into charity fund raising, we love to see people keen to get involved with our corporate social responsibility strategy, so much so we'll even give you two days per year on us to get involved. 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. Most of all it's our people that make it a great place to work. I promised you more about our Firm. We're a commercial law firm meaning most of our legal work is business to business for example big retailers, financial institutions, energy companies, insurance etc.   We have hundreds of really talented lawyers, many of who are at the top of their field.  Our offices are based in 7 cities across the UK and as I mentioned we also have offices across the US.  Please have a look at our website to see more about what we do. So you're interested but still have some questions? This all sounds great but it's a big decision and you still have reservations, how can you be sure this is right for you? You can contact me to talk it through or you can read more about our other apprenticeships on our website. You've made up your mind and want to apply. If you're already sold then what are you waiting for.  You can formally apply via the apply now button below to upload your CV.