We have been fortunate enough to put YOUR questions to Graduate Recruitment Specialist, Joanne Smallwood at Bond Dickinson, one of the UK’s leading law firms.

The best questions submitted by students have been asked to help you gain a greater insight in to this extremely exciting and growing law firm. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a real insight.


Joanne Smallwood, Graduate Recruitment Specialist at Bond Dickinson, was the perfect person to answer your questions.

What does Bond Dickinson do differently to stand out from competitors?

Most commercial law firms can appear very similar, our culture helps set Bond Dickinson apart. We value what matters most to our clients and our people, allowing us to focus on building relationships with our clients and develop our people.

As a trainee at Bond Dickinson you are part of a small group, given responsibility from an early stage, whether it be running your own files or working closely with clients.


Which sole initiative, in your opinion, is the main reason for Bond Dickinson high retention rate of employees?Joanne Smallwood

Our trainees are the future leaders of our business. We therefore care about the continued development of our people from trainee to Partner. We have a dedicated Learning and Development Team, who support you through a flexible career framework.


What is a typical day in the life of a trainee like at Bond Dickinson?

There is not a typical day in the life of a trainee. Your experience will differ depending on the team you are in. Being an all service law firm, we can offer a wide variety of experiences to our trainees, from Private Wealth to client secondment.


What are the characteristics Bond Dickinson look for when employing?

We look for intellectually capable, motivated and enthusiastic individuals from any discipline. Understanding the need to provide practical, commercial advice to clients. Future trainees will share the firm’s commitment to self-development and teamwork and its desire to provide clients with services which match their highest expectations.


Is there an advantage being a law student over a non-law student when applying?

We see no difference between non and non-law students. Studying a law degree will allow you the freedom to experience a broad range of legal topics, which would not be the case with the Graduate Diploma in Law. However, non-law students will transferable skills gained from their degree.


Is there a progression structure put in place at Bond Dickinson?

We have a structured career framework, which is available on the internal intranet, highlighting the attributes you are required to demonstrate at each stage of your career.

The career framework is flexible, allowing our lawyers to progress at a rate that suits them.


Why do students choose a firm like Bond Dickinson over a Magic Circle firm?

From my point of view, students may chose a national firm with a London presence, over a Magic Circle firm due to the number of trainees taken on. We take up to 30 trainees per year, spread across our seven locations. Meaning you will be one of a small number of trainees, giving you greater exposer to the business and our clients.


What makes someone successful in a role at Bond Dickinson?

To be successful within Bond Dickinson you need to share our ambitions and commitment to our values, putting clients at the heart, working as one team, valuing our people and delivering excellence.


What is the culture like at Bond Dickinson?

Our culture if very important to us and is highlighted in our values. Putting clients at the heart of our business, allows us to build collaborative and successful relationships. Valuing our people, means we see the potential in everyone within our business, recognising hard work is key. Working together as one team allows us to deliver an excellent service, which in turn creatives a positive and collegiate environment.



Does Bond Dickinson sound like the sort of law firm you would want to work for? Don’t miss out on their upcoming application deadlines. Good luck!

If you want to find out more about their exciting opportunities, take a look at the Bond Dickinson Careers website for more information.