Careers

Wedlake Bell is a great place to work. Our reputation attracts blue chip clients, household names and international brands. Our size ensures a friendly working environment with room to be noticed.

People thrive here because they work with great clients alongside bright people who genuinely take pleasure in what they do. According to The Legal Week Employer Report 2015 we are one of the top 10 Law firms to work for in the UK.

We:

  • believe in the importance of enjoying what you do
  • cultivate a friendly, supportive and nurturing environment
  • are committed to a healthy work-life balance

Summer Vacation Scheme

Every July we offer a three week summer vacation scheme to a limited number of students who consider themselves to be potential solicitors. The scheme is very structured and enables successful applicants to gain first hand experience of life as a trainee solicitor at Wedlake Bell.

We regard our summer vacation scheme as a prolonged interview for training contracts and a significant number of our trainees are recruited as a result of participation in our summer vacation scheme.

Our 2018 summer vacation scheme will take place from 2 July to 20 July. Before applying please ensure you are available to attend the entire three weeks of the scheme.

In each of the three weeks, you will be assigned to a fee earner in one of our core teams and will become actively involved with their caseload. In addition, we will ask you to prepare a presentation as part of a summer student group in respect of which you will have complete control. These presentations will be made in your final week to a selection of our lawyers and our current trainees.

How do I apply for a place on the summer vacation scheme?
The application form for our summer vacation scheme is the same as the application form for our training contracts. If you wish to apply for both a place on our summer vacation scheme and a training contract, simply make sure that you tick the appropriate boxes on the online application form.

What is the selection process?
All applications are reviewed after the deadline has passed and selected candidates are invited to interview in February. Offers will be made to successful candidates shortly after completion of interviews.

What practical experience will the scheme provide?
We make every effort to ensure that the students who attend our summer vacation scheme obtain a genuine insight into life as a trainee solicitor at Wedlake Bell. You will be assigned to three of our practice areas and will be involved in the day to day conduct of the transactions being handled by the lawyers in those practice areas. Where possible, we will invite you to meetings and court hearings. You will be encouraged to spend time with our trainees giving you an opportunity to informally discuss our training programme.

Am I eligible?
To be eligible for a place on our scheme you must either:

  • Be a law undergraduate or graduate;
  • Have completed the GDL; or
  • Be undertaking the GDL.

What is the closing date for applications?
All applications must be received by us on or before 31 January 2018 for the scheme which will take place in July of the same year. Interviews will take place at the end of February 2018..

Will I get paid?
We currently pay our summer students £300 per week.

If I am selected to attend an interview, will my travel costs be reimbursed?
Yes, Wedlake Bell will reimburse travelling expenses from within the UK and Ireland. A copy of your receipt is required and reimbursement will be paid by payment transfer. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse any expenses incurred if you travel back from a holiday to attend an interview.

Equal Opportunities
Wedlake Bell is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. This means that all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of the race, ethnic origins, religious beliefs, age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation of the applicant.