The recruitment process and applying

Currently our application process is closed, we will be opening our applications for a 2024 Training Contract in the New Year. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for when the applications will be open.


Our recruitment process is designed to put you through your paces, but it’s also about sharing our unique culture with you, so you get a real sense of the firm you might be joining. Here are details on how to apply and what you can expect as you progress through the process.

1. We review our application process on an annual basis but typically the first stage is an online application form. This allows us to assess your analytical thinking, communication / influencing skills, a talent for building strong, lasting relationships, the ability to adapt and innovate, plus understanding if you have plenty of drive and motivation for the law and our business.

Our graduate recruitment team read every application they receive from cover to cover and don’t screen out candidates because of their academic results. We fully appreciate that a lot of time and effort goes into the completion of a training contract application form and the very least we can do is to give it the attention that it deserves.

2. Candidates will be asked to complete a set of neuroscience-based exercises. There is no right or wrong answer to the exercises, but an opportunity for the firm to measure candidates cognitive and personality traits. For further information please visit the Pymetrics website.

3. If successful following the application and Pymetric stage, we will invite you to complete a pre-recorded video interview. This is an opportunity for the graduate team to get to know you a little more.

4. The next step is to attend an assessment centre. Assessment centres will involve a number of individual and group exercises. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a selection of people from around the business. It’s very much a two-way process. By the end of the day, you’ll be in a position to decide if this is the right scheme for you – and we’ll know if you’re right for us.

5. Our work placement weeks form part of the training contract recruitment process.

We encourage you to apply for the work placements, as they will give you an opportunity to get to know our business and see first-hand the responsibility and quality of work given to our trainee solicitors.

Please note you must have a degree or be working towards a degree, or equivalent, to be considered for both the placement and training contract.

Because we believe that diversity, social mobility and fairness are vital in the way we – and all law firms – recruit trainees, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have signed up to the “Association of Graduate Recruiters” Voluntary Code to Good Practice in the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors. You can read more about what this means for us as a recruiter and for you as a potential recruit here.

Meet our team

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Paul Stewart
Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal
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Simon Hughes
Graduate Recruitment Partner
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Sam Lee
Head of Recruitment
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Helen Marr
Early Talent Development Manager
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Keith Mitchelhill
Early Talent Recruitment Advisor