If the firm were a fictional character it would be... Pikachu - friendly, likable, adaptable and well known
Bond Dickinson has a 'fantastic culture' and offers trainees 'high-quality' work alongside 'fee earners who are real people'. Trainees are encouraged to 'really get involved, even from the first day' and said their work is by no means 'boring or menial'. To the contrary, trainees are given 'a lot of autonomy' and are encouraged to 'take a leading role' in matters. The working culture is 'inclusive, friendly and supportive' and there is a 'clear work/life balance that rivals cannot always boast'. There are 'very supportive teams' who are 'appreciative of the long hours that have to be done sometimes'. The 'non-hierarchical structure' means that 'everyone is approachable' and 'partners to paralegals sit together at lunch', and the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for friendliness. Bond Dickinson's 'general ethos for a firm of its size' is appreciated and recruits love the fact that the firm is 'positive, forward-looking and equipping itself to deal with a shifting legal landscape'. A downside to this enticing package is the lack of 'glitzy international secondments', although, as one trainee pointed out, 'who knows where we'll be in five to ten years'. 'Working in departments based across several offices' can also be logistically 'difficult'. Work highlights included 'leading on a conference call for the first time', 'winning an important client in a major new sector' and 'talking to Tim Peake whilst he was in space as part of a CSR partnership'. However, working 'several late nights in the lead up to Christmas' did not go down so well, neither did the 'stress of preparing for completion'. To work with 'impressive lawyers but few egos' in a firm which is 'becoming a leader in the pack and is not afraid to shape the future', consider Bond Dickinson.