What makes a Womble Bond Dickinson Trainee?

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

Of course, we expect everyone to share our enthusiasm for the law and to demonstrate a passion for our business.

Beyond that we want to see:


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Throughout our recruitment process, we measure these four competencies. We believe that these encompass the skills and attributes that our colleagues need in order to be successful in our business.

As part of our recruitment process, we typically measure the potential to develop these skills. The definitions and indicators that are related to each of these competencies help us to recognise and measure (as best we can) an individual’s potential to develop – we don’t just collect evidence of a certain behaviour in the past.

There are a lot of things that can shape and help candidates to develop important transferrable skills that could be invaluable to Womble Bond Dickinson, so if you can show us that you have the potential to develop the skills we are looking for these then we want to hear about it!

Our Early Talent recruitment competency framework is the starting point of the behaviours and actions that will be valued, recognised and rewarded at the firm – and these behaviours will underpin your career development at WBD.

Our recruitment process also allows us to showcase the firm in different ways and gives all candidates a chance to assess whether Womble Bond Dickinson is the right fit for them, which is equally as important. Find out more from Skye, our Early Talent Recruitment Manager, meet the recruiter – Skye Fenton-Wells .