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

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 between four and six trainees each year. We recruit two years in advance of the commencement of the training contract and applications must be received by us by no later than 31 July for the next available intake. All applicants must have achieved (or expect to achieve) at least an upper class second for their degree course.

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?
All applications for training contracts must be received by us by no later than 31 July and will be considered for the next available intake.

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.