Corporate Lawyer (0-2 PQE)

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
20 Jul 2021
18 Sep 2021
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0-2yrs PQE

As the largest law firm in the North East, Womble Bond Dickinson has deep roots in the region and its largest UK office of around 450 professionals is based in Newcastle. The firm is committed to playing its part in the future prosperity of the North East and Cumbria by using its local, national and international reach and expertise to benefit the region's leading sectors, businesses, people and organisations.

Our national Corporate team continues to impress clients and industry experts alike. Clients tell us they love our ''excellent client service, responsiveness and clear understanding of what we need to achieve". The 50 strong national corporate practice is handling some ground breaking transactions within our sectors and supporting significant deals in the development of our clients' business.  Needless to say it's an exciting place to be.

The team has a formidable reputation for the quality of its deals. Some examples of deals on which the Newcastle based team have acted this year can be found here:

The role

Due to continued success, the team in Newcastle are seeking to recruit an additional Solicitor into the team, ideally within the 0-2 years PQE bracket.  The successful candidate will join an experienced and talented team - working with Chambers rated Partners, and supported by a national team of multidisciplinary lawyers who pull together to offer the best and most complete client service. You can expect a varied workload, working on a range of quality deals for major names in sectors such as manufacturing, financial services and retail.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate some experience of good quality corporate work. Newly qualified candidates will have experienced a corporate seat during their training contract, ideally at a city or large regional firm but we are equally as interested in hearing from candidates who are already qualified, have some post qualification experience, and are looking for their next move.  The ability to demonstrate a proactive attitude to work, commercial pragmatism, and a strong team ethos will be equally as important however. The successful candidate will also be motivated to actively participate in business development activities to help develop the team's business and their own network.  In return this role offers a unique opportunity to join a motivated, collegiate team with a first class reputation with clients and colleagues alike.

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 19 US cities and seven 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 can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.

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. My name is Lisa Gater ( 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 and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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