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: analytical thinking, communication/influencing skills, a talent for building strong, lasting relationships; the ability to adapt and innovate, plus plenty of drive and motivation

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.

Please note the application process is open to final year non-law students, penultimate year law students and graduates only.

>> Online application form <<

The application process for the 2017 work placement and 2019 training contract has now closed.  Applications will re-open for the 2018 work placement and 2020 training contact in October 2017.

2.If you’re successful in getting through the application stage, we’ll invite you to complete an online video interview.

3. The next step is to attend an assessment centre in your chosen location. Assessments will take place during April, 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, Bond Dickinson 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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Helen Marr
Trainee Development Specialist
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Sam Lee
Head of Recruitment
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Joanne Smallwood
Graduate Recruitment Specialist


The location gives a local and regional feel with the ability to do City work. There's a wide variety of teams, a large trainee group, good support and mentoring networks. It's a very friendly culture.

InsideBuzz employee survey 2016