We are proud of what we have achieved and our vision for the future. That’s why we don't think there is a better law firm to join as a partner or a better time to do it.
We are an ambitious firm built on strong national foundations. We want to invest strategically in markets and sectors where we can add real commercial advantage for our clients. To be at the forefront of legal developments and solutions, as well as securing a profitable, sustained growth for the firm.
It's fair to say that there’s no such thing as a typical Womble Bond Dickinson partner. We’re looking for individuality, the ability to break the mould and to be creative – all the things that make our partnership so successful. What is most important, however, is that you share a belief, along with our other partners, in the provision of outstanding client service, the development of a high-performing team culture, and an unswerving focus on the delivery of additional revenue and profitability. We don't just say that we believe in what matters most to our clients and our people – we live and breathe it.
But it’s not all about what we’re looking for. We understand that a move to our firm has to feel like an opportunity, both for personal development and growth. You have to be able to identify with and share in our culture and vision for the firm.
It’s this culture that sets us out as being different in an increasingly crowded legal marketplace.
We’re looking for leaders that are committed to asking questions and love new challenges, and that share our vision and values. If this sounds like you then we’d like to talk.
We like our recruitment process to be more like a conversation than a form filling, box ticking exercise. We want to have an open and honest dialogue with like-minded individuals. To take the time to understand each other, identify opportunities and the ways in which we share the same approach and values. We need to get to know you and vice versa – it's not rocket science after all.
As part of this we think it’s important you get to meet key partners and the relevant business group heads. It’s also important for you to meet peers across departments and specialisms.
When the process needs to become more formal we will work with you to produce a business case and ask you to meet members of our appointments committee. All of our potential partner hires need to go to a partnership vote – we have an all equity partnership and as such any potential hires have to be supported and agreed. Finally as with all new hires, we have a robust pre-employment and screening process that will involve reference, financial probity and identity checks, before you join us.
Just because you’re a partner doesn’t mean we have forgotten about the need for career development. We have a strong and established approach to partnership career development – whether through our lawyer career framework, individual development sessions or our newly launched Emerging Leaders programme.
Our lawyer framework demonstrates the career paths available. Along with clear, observable, measurable performance standards for every role (including those of Junior Equity and Senior Equity Partner) as well as a robust annual appraisal system, it gives you a clear idea of your personal career development plan.
Helping you to feel part of the team is important. Our tailored induction programme, run over your first 90 days, helps you to feel at home within the partnership and firm as a whole. In addition, whilst it is likely you’ll be based in one location, our teams are spread geographically. This means there will be many opportunities for partners and teams to join together, not only for cross office working but for social interaction.
Your remuneration will be individual to you but will include:
- As a Junior Equity partner, a basic fixed monetary amount paid in equal instalments throughout the year. As a Full Equity partner your remuneration will entirely be calculated on an allocation of points
- A number of equity points
- Eligibility for our Partner bonus scheme
- A capital contribution per point will be required
- Life cover
- 30 days' holiday.