Bond Dickinson

The Legal Cheek View

From October Bond Dickinson and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice will combine to form Womble Bond Dickinson. The firm will have more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US. The combination will put Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings. The transatlantic tie-up supplements Bond Dickinson's alliance 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 £28000
Second year trainee salary £30000
Newly qualified salary Competitive
Profit per equity partner £265,000
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

The Firm In Its Own Words