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

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.

 

Training Contracts

Our policy is to recruit a small number of trainees so that each receives exceptionally high quality training. Our aim is to ensure that at the end of your training contract you will be competent and confident newly qualified solicitors with a genuine enthusiasm for your work.

The effectiveness of our training scheme is demonstrated by the fact that a significant number of our current partners completed their training contracts at Wedlake Bell and have remained with us for the duration of their careers. We are quick to recognise your talents and will provide you with an environment in which those talents can be utilised to their maximum potential.

We are currently recruiting eight trainees each year. We recruit two years in advance of the commencement of the training contract. All applicants must have achieved (or expect to achieve) at least an upper class second for their degree course.

Update on Training Contract Applications commencing in 2022

Please see below for an update on the firm’s position in relation to the Covid-19 crisis and in particular how this will affect your training contract application with us.

We have been able to maintain “business as usual” in almost all areas. However, the crisis has inevitably caused some disruption and we have had to quickly adapt to the immediate impact of this and also consider the longer term implications on our business and future talent. As part of these considerations, we have been keeping our graduate and trainee recruitment under close review since the start of the pandemic and have had ongoing discussions as the situation continues to unfold. We now feel we are in position to make decisions on certain aspects of our graduate and trainee timetables, one of these being in relation to the application process for our 2022 training contracts.

We will be postponing our 2022 trainee recruitment timetable, which was due to take place in July 2020. This postponement will be reviewed again at the end of 2020.

We appreciate lots of time and effort will have been spent on your application and I can confirm that it will be kept on our system and considered later in the year, if appropriate. If you no longer wish to be considered for our 2022 training contracts, please email Natasha Rowe (details below) to confirm.

We are very happy to address any queries you may have. Please contact Natasha Rowe, HR Manager, nrowe@wedlakebell.com / 020 7406 1660, if you have anything you would like to discuss.

How do I apply?

Please complete and return our application form.

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

What is the selection process?

All applications are reviewed and selected candidates are invited to 1st interview and if appropriate, a secondary open morning which includes one further interview, a limited number of short written tests and a lunch. If you have not previously attended our summer vacation scheme, a second interview may be necessary. We will inform you whether you have been successful as soon as we can following your interview or interviews.

All offers for training contracts are subject to you passing the Legal Practice Course at the first attempt.

Do you accept CVs in place of the application form?

All applications must be made by completing our application form. Applications which are made by any other method are invalid and will not be considered.

What is the closing date for applications?

We will be postponing our 2022 trainee recruitment timetable, which was due to take place in July 2020. This postponement will be reviewed again at the end of 2020.

Will my application be acknowledged?

We acknowledge receipt of all validly completed applications received by us on or before the application deadline. If your application has not been acknowledged within two weeks, please contact us at recruitment@wedlakebell.com.

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.

Will I get paid?

We pay our trainees in accordance with current market rates in London. These are reviewed annually.

Will my LPC fees be paid?

LPC funding may be available subject to the terms and conditions of any offer. The firm does not pay for GDL fees.

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.