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.

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.

How do I apply?

Applications for our 2024 Training Contracts will open on 1 November 2021. 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 and selected candidates are invited to 1st interview and if appropriate, a secondary open day which includes one further interview, a limited number of short written tests and a lunch. We will inform you whether you have been successful as soon as we can following your interview or interviews. Interviews for Training Contracts will be held in July 2022. Whilst we hope to run interviews in person, this will be reviewed in early 2022. Please continue to check the website for further updates.

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?

The deadline to submit your application for 2024 Training Contracts is midnight on 30 June 2022.

If you wish to add supplementary information to your application:

If you have submitted an application for this application round, you can’t change the application after submitting, however you do have access to a ‘Supplementary information’ section on your homepage where you can add additional details at any time after submission (academic and also work experience).

If you have submitted an application last year, you can submit a new application for this year’s position if you wish.

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 graduaterecruitment@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.