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

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

Graduate Recruitment Events

Join our upcoming Graduate Recruitment virtual event on Tuesday 2 November, ‘STAND OUT!‘ to hear more about the benefits of training at a firm with a smaller trainee intake. This event will be hosted by Wedlake Bell, Bates Wells, Cooley, Farrer & Co, Lewis Silkin and Peters & Peters.

We will be joined by Trainee Solicitors, Partners and Graduate Recruitment representatives for a range of sessions including Q&As and networking. If you are considering making applications for Training Contracts and vacation schemes, please join us to find out more about the firms and details on how to apply.

The event is free to attend, to book your place please click here.

 

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 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.

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

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.

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?
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.

Further information on how to apply will be added to the website soon.

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 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. 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; 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.

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.