Bond Dickinson

The Legal Cheek View

Bond Dickinson has been on a good run of late, boosting revenue and profits and recently securing an exclusive alliance with US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. The transatlantic tie-up supplements Bond Dickinson's eight UK offices and a similar alliance arrangement with German firm Redeker Sellner Dahs.

One of the most pleasant law firms to work for, what Bond Dickinson lacks in pay – newly qualified rates vary according to location, but are in the regional rather than top City of London range – it makes up for in culture. "The door is always open" to partners' rooms, while another insider tells us that "I feel like I could go to anyone at the firm if needs be". Meanwhile, hours are very reasonable – expect to be out of the door by 6:30pm on most days, with "no pressure to stay for the sake of it".

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Deadlines

Vacation Schemes

Summer 2017

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: Closed

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Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: Closed

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 78%
Offices 8
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
A
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
B
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
n/a

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:25am
Average leave time 6:30pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £28,000
Second year trainee salary £30,000
Newly qualified salary Competitive
Profit per equity partner £275,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £6,000

The figures above are for trainees in Bristol. Trainees in Newcastle and Leeds will receive £25,000 in their first year and £27,000 in their second year.

Diversity

UK female associates 55%
UK female partners 22%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed