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Womble Bond Dickinson

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About Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD)

Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm serving corporate, individual and non-profit clients across every business sector. With teams located across the US and the UK, and networks and relationships around the world, the firm brings an international perspective and extended jurisdictional reach to a wide range of client needs — a powerful combination that presents a compelling alternative to other firms.

The details

Why diversity matters to WBD

  1. Diversity and inclusion is very important to WBD. We don't just follow equal opportunities practices, we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed, and that our people understand there is so much more to D&I than a set of policies. We recognise that our colleagues should reflect the diverse make up of our clients and the communities we work in, and that embracing diversity brings a range of varied and valuable skills, strengths and insights to our business. Social mobility is something that we are passionate about – we understand that everyone should have equal opportunities, regardless of their backgrounds. We look to unlock potential, so we are extremely excited to be partnering with STRIVE.
  1. WBD policies which are fit for purpose that the firm makes a concentrated effort in living this throughout the firm at every level: from the award-winning apprenticeship scheme, Investors in People accreditation and the focus on health and wellbeing which underline the importance of a visibly proactive, diverse and inclusive culture. WBD have networks such as WBD REACH (their BAME network) and WBD Pride (their LBGTQ+ network) as well as Disability, Family and Women's networks, which cultivate a safe and connected environment for all.
At a glance

Key Facts and Figures

23 Overseas Offices and UK Offices in Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, London, Southampton, Plymouth &



Work Placement
Spring and Summer Placements: 28 Feb 2023


Scheme Dates
Summer Vacation Scheme
Our summer Work Placement week forms part of our recruitment process. These will be running wc 5 June and wc 19 June


Training Contracts
Training Contract 2025
28 Feb 2023
Tailoring your application
What the firm looks for in trainees

There is no typical Womble 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. Having a degree, or to be studying towards a degree, is required to become a Trainee Solicitor but it's by no means the most important factor. We look for so much more when shortlisting applications.   It's as important to us that candidates can demonstrate honesty, drive and motivation, good communication skills, resilience, adaptability, diversity of thought and commercial sense.

How can prospective applicants demonstrate the above?

Throughout our recruitment process, we measure four competencies. We believe that these encompass the skills and attributes that our colleagues need in order to be successful in our business. It's important that applicants demonstrate these competencies throughout the process but, more importantly, the potential to develop these skills. These competencies are:   Collaboration  Client Focus Creating Value  Adaptability   We are keen to see applicants from all backgrounds – legal experience is not essential. Any experience that you have, whether this is from University, a part-time job, or even your personal life, is important to us and can help you demonstrate the skills that we look for.  

Team WBD
  • Simon Hughes
    Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal
  • Sam Lee
    Head of Recruitment
  • Skye Fenton-Wells
    Early Talent Recruitment Manager
  • Helen Marr
    Early Talent Development Manager
  • Keith Mitchellhill
    Early Talent Recruitment Advisor
  • Hannah Sharps
    Early Talent Development Advisor
  • Claire Moore
    Early Talent Co-ordinator
  • Shayna Godfrey
    Early Talent Co-ordinator

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Womble Bond Dickinson can't wait to hear from you.

Applications open until 28 February 2023

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