In-House Lawyers

Southampton, Hampshire
01 Jul 2021
30 Aug 2021
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Practice Area
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2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

There's no more exciting time to be thinking about joining Womble Bond Dickinson than now. We've made no secret of the fact that we're ambitious and our recent move to become a transatlantic firm is just further evidence of that. For our people this makes for a really exciting future, one in which everyone has a role to play in furthering our ambitions whilst enjoying challenging and fulfilling careers. And the dynamic nature of the legal sector is just one challenge that we need to respond to as a business to ensure that our clients get the best possible service from us and our business continues to be sustainable. One of the ways in which we're responding to the market is through continued investment in our Legal Solutions Centre; a team of solicitors, chartered legal executives, paralegals, management information specialists and legal project managers, capable of providing support to the wider business on a regular and ongoing basis, for high volume projects or secondment opportunities, and providing some services directly to clients.

One of those services is our "GCSolutions"; a flexible approach to supporting our clients with much needed lawyer resource.   For those clients with resource challenges, we've developed a solution that will enable us to provide them with lawyers for short and long-term secondments or more project led initiatives. We've a number of fantastic opportunities to work with some exceptional in-house teams across a range of practice areas and locations. But unlike some other flexible lawyer resourcing business models, we're looking to remove some of the risk for you by offering permanent contracts within our business and a salary. As a member of the Womble Bond Dickinson team you'll be fully integrated into our business with all the benefits associated with being part of a transatlantic law firm, but your time will predominately be spent remotely, in-house or at home, seconded directly with our clients.

However, you'll be one of our people and through induction, catch-ups, away-days and training we'll ensure that you're kept up to date with what is going on in the wider business and that you feel a part of the relevant specialist or sector team here.

We know this won't suit everyone and you'll want to be assured that it's the right opportunity for you, at the right point in your career. This is by no means an easy option, but if you're committed to delivering first-class legal advice in a commercial environment without the pressure of fee targets and the billable hour, this is a fantastic opportunity for you.  It offers diversity, an alternative career path, access to some of the our very best clients and an opportunity to really shape something new and exciting in our business.

What are we looking for?

We've already identified a number of a great secondment opportunities and we're keen to speak to commercial lawyers with around 3 year PQE and above, who are available for any opportunities in and around the Southampton, Andover and Basingstoke areas.

You'll be a strong technical lawyer who's had extensive exposure to quality work in your chosen specialism, ideally from a large regional or city firm or with extensive in-house Counsel experience. You can add real value through first class technical, commercial advice and are capable of delivering business and sector insight. You'll be directly advising the business you're seconded to, reporting to GCs and senior management alike, so your ability to build and maintain stakeholder relationships is absolutely critical to success. It's possible that you'll have spent time in-house, either in a permanent role or on secondment from another law firm. In any event, it's vital that you have a thorough understanding of the risk and financial reporting obligations that comes with working in-house. But above all, you'll be an advocate for the Womble Bond Dickinson brand helping us to further develop opportunities for growth in our business.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 18 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships.  In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our D&I page to find out more.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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