Your application

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 the core competencies we look for: thinking, communication, motivation and drive, commitment to our business and it’s clients and teamwork.

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.

Our work placement weeks, which take place during June and July, form part of the training contact 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 the 2018 placements and training contract application process is only open to those who are able to begin their training contract in September 2020 (final year non-law students, penultimate / final year law students and graduates).


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The application process for the 2018 work placement and 2020 training contract has now closed.  The online application process will re-open in November 2018 for the 2021 training contract and 2019 work placements.



2.If you’re successful in getting through the application stage, we’ll invite you to complete an online video interview.  This is an opportunity for the graduate team to get you know you a little more.

You will be invited to submit an interview during March 2018.


3. The next step is to attend an assessment centre. Assessments will take place during April 2018, these 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.

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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Joanne Smallwood
Graduate Recruitment Specialist
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Helen Marr
Trainee Development Specialist
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Charlotte Hall
Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator


My general tip would be to make sure you are relaxed when it comes to the interview as the interviewers tend to take a more informal approach. They would rather have a good conversation with you than grill you on your competencies (although these are still important)."

First year trainee, Newcastle

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