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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Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol, UK
14 Oct, 2019
Advanced Apprenticeship
IT Apprentice Here at Womble Bond Dickinson we love to celebrate success. In 2017 we won an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in London and due to our ambitious nature and past success we're excited to introduce more Apprenticeship opportunities across the firm. Our latest apprenticeship opportunity is within our IT team joining as an IT Apprentice based in our Bristol office. Introducing the IT team First-class IT systems are absolutely key to the success of any business in today's commercial world and the legal sector is no exception.  Womble Bond Dickinson prides itself on being at the forefront of technological advancements within the legal profession, something we've become so well known for. To remain competitive in our markets, and to continue supporting our growth strategies, our team of dedicated IT professionals have a key role to play, ensuring the integrity of the IT infrastructure, development of new systems and excellent support to all of our employees, and clients.  During your apprenticeship you'll be working alongside and supporting our Level 2 Analysts.  The Level 2 team are location based in each office so they are able to physically go to the person that needs assistance whilst also supporting remotely the wider firm and our clients.  They control the IT equipment in each office and the smooth running of local frontline IT services and have advanced technical IT problem solving abilities.  What will you be doing? Our IT apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain a formal IT qualification (Level 3 in IT) as well as paid on-the-job training. You'll be supported by Andy and Louis and work closely with Kostas on the ground. You'll assist with building and rolling out new systems on Windows 10 and Office 2016, support the client suite from an IT perspective including video conferencing, aid with desktop support and handle calls from the service desk, set up equipment for new joiners, replace and update our equipment (hardware / software / mobile devices), printer / multi-functional devices and help us when we press the wrong button (or spill tea in our keyboard), and much more. The list is by no means exhaustive and, as well as the day to day role. there will also be the opportunity to help with the upcoming refurbishment in our Plymouth office, so lots to get your teeth stuck in to.  There will also be the opportunity to travel to other UK offices – getting to know the wider IT Team and firm, supporting other offices during rollouts and holiday cover for the level 2 team. The IT team are very hands on and you will get the opportunity to work with the wider IT Team delivering support, projects and initiatives, which will really help to broaden your wider IT knowledge. 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. 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 what are you waiting for.  You can formally apply via the apply now button below to upload your CV. If you have some questions please contact me,  Kita Cureton via email. If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with me on LinkedIn or follow us on  Twitter  to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a  Facebook page. Strictly no agencies – We are an in house recruitment team.
Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol, UK
24 Sep, 2019
Intermediate Apprenticeship
Facilities Services Apprenticeship Apprenticeships are a great way to get your career off to an early start, gaining recognised industry qualifications and 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 right now.  In 2017 we won an award at the National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in London.  Building on our past success we have an exciting opportunity within our Facilities Team based in our Bristol office for a Facilities Services Apprentice. About the Facilities team Our Facilities team are one of the many functions that keep our business running making sure that we have a great place to work and everything we need to be able to deliver results effectively.  That includes our catering facilities, reception teams, building maintenance and postroom and operational support.  You see?  We couldn't function without them. You'll initially start within our postroom which will give you a fantastic grounding in our business and an understanding of how we operate, and could be a springboard into a number of exciting opportunities in the future. What you'll be doing 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 Services. (Level 2). You can find more information about what this apprenticeship involved in the video below from Becky, she joined as an Apprentice and has recently stepped in to an assistant facilities manager role on an interim basis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed8crczWt8I What we're looking for 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 and will have great communication skills both written and verbal. So what makes it so great to work here? 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  website  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. Next steps and to apply… If this sounds like the right apprenticeship for you then please get in touch to find out more; my name is Kita Cureton and you can reach me on 01179 896 611. Alternatively you can follow the instructions to make a formal application – just a few contact detail questions and a simple CV upload.  No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team. For recruitment news, updates and job alerts follow us on Twitter @WBD_CareersUK , Facebook @womblebonddickinsoncareers and Instagram @WBD_Careers