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.

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

If you are interested in applying to Wedlake Bell LLP, please email recruitment@wedlakebell.com

Wedlake Bell is a “data controller” in respect of the personal data it collects and holds about you as part of the recruitment process. As a data controller, we are responsible for deciding (i) what data we collect; (ii) how we use it; (iii) how we store it; and (iv) when we delete it. Under GDPR, we are required to notify you of (i) to (iv). We have strict policies in place to prevent the loss, accidental destruction, misuse or disclosure of your personal data. For further information on the firm’s privacy notice, please click here.

Summer Vacation Scheme

Every July we offer an exclusive three week summer vacation scheme to a limited number of students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The scheme is very structured and enables successful applicants to gain first-hand experience of life as a trainee solicitor at Wedlake Bell.

The 2022 Summer vacation scheme will run from Monday 27 June 2022 – Friday 15 July 2022.

We view our summer vacation scheme as a prolonged interview for training contracts and a significant number of our trainees are recruited directly from our summer vacation 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, you’ll have ownership over the topic and final output.  These presentations will be made in your last week to a selection of our lawyers and our current trainees.

Summer vacation scheme students will also be able to meet a variety of people from across the firm and experience the firm’s culture for yourself.

How do I apply for a place on the summer vacation scheme?

Applications will open for the 2022 Summer Vacation Scheme on 1 November 2021. The deadline to submit your application is midnight on 31 January 2022.

To apply, you will need to:

  1. Complete the online application form – access the online application form and apply here.
  2. You will be asked to include a covering letter as part of the application.

For any questions and queries, please email graduaterecruitment@wedlakebell.com.

Please contact Annabel Hale, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager, ahale@wedlakebell.com, if you have anything you would like to discuss.

What is the selection process?

All applications are reviewed and selected candidates are invited to interview in February. Offers will be made to successful candidates shortly after completion of interviews. Whilst we hope to run interviews in person, this will be reviewed in early 2022. Please continue to check the website for further updates.

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;
  • Have begun an SQE preparation course; or
  • Be undertaking the GDL.

Will I get paid?

We currently pay our summer students £350 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.

Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (SQE)

The SQE was introduced by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) in September 2021 and will mean that all aspiring solicitors must pass two standardised exams as part of the new route to qualification. This has been introduced to ensure consistency and high standards across the legal industry.

Wedlake Bell will continue to support and offer high-quality training to our trainees throughout this transition.

The SQE is split in to two assessments; SQE 1 and SQE 2. SQE 1 focuses on functioning legal knowledge and SQE on practical legal skills and knowledge.

In addition to the assessments, you will also need to have an undergraduate degree, complete two years’ qualifying work experience and meet the SRA’s character and suitability requirements.

Further details on the SQE route can be found on the SRA’s website and we would recommend all candidates review this: https://sqe.sra.org.uk/

Will I need to sit the SQE?

If you started, accepted an offer or completed the LPC or (P)GDL before 1 September 2021 you are eligible to follow the transitional arrangements and qualify under the LPC route. This is also the case if you accepted an offer for a qualifying law degree by 21 September 2021.

Please note, the firm you choose to complete your training with may require you to follow the new SQE route to qualification from a set date.

The SRA have full details of the transitional arrangements on their website.

What will Wedlake Bell’s approach for the SQE be?

We are currently confirming our approach to the SQE, please keep an eye on the websites for updates.

Applicants for the 2024 training contract should bear in mind that they may be asked to complete the SQE qualification route. Wedlake Bell will offer financial support for the new qualification route, in line with the current support provided for those completing the LPC. 

If you have already completed the LPC you will not need to take the SQE.

I’m a non-law student, what will the SQE route mean for me?

If you have already completed the (P)GDL you will be eligible to continue the LPC route to qualification or you can choose to complete the SQE.

If you are a non-law student and did not start the (P)GDL before 1 September 2021 you will need to complete the SQE route to qualification.

Non-law students should review the SRA’s transitional guidance.

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.