Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), welcomes nine trainee solicitors into its office this month.

The two-year training contracts give the new trainees the opportunity to spend six months in four different business groups across the firm including real estate, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and private wealth. In total, twenty-six trainee solicitors are joining WBD across the firm’s UK offices.

Kevin Robertson, Partner and Head of the Newcastle office at WBD, comments: “It is a great pleasure to be welcoming nine new trainee solicitors to join us, they are a valuable long-term investment in our future.

“Seven of our trainee intake are graduates of north east universities, which is evidence of both our commitment to the talent we have in the region and the quality of our local universities.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer them one of the best training programmes in the country; giving them hands-on experience and equipping them with the essential skills, expertise and commercial acumen to have a rewarding career. Our trainees have access to high quality work and clients from day one.”

The successful candidates were offered the training contracts after an intensive recruitment process involving an online application, video interview and attendance at an assessment centre day.

Last year, WBD was named as a top graduate employer, ranking 161 in the 2017 Guardian UK 300 list. Over 60 law firms were ranked and WBD featured amongst the top 20. The annual list is made up following the votes from over 60,000 students and recognise the best employers in the UK for people seeking graduate jobs.

The new trainees are Alexander Kirtley, Bouba Balde, Elizabeth Tones, Jamie Record, Katie Winter; Mathew Robinson, Michael Wells, Nicola Deedes and Peter Warcup.