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Hill Dickinson

About Hill Dickinson

At Hill Dickinson we understand that our people, our clients and our communities are at the heart of everything we do. We are an internationally recognised law firm that delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum across the UK, Europe and Asia with more than 950 people, including more than 200 partners and legal directors.

We offer the full range of commercial legal services, from employment, property and construction to corporate, commercial and dispute resolution. We have strength, experience and presence in a number of market sectors, including marine, transportation and logistics, retail, public and private health (including life sciences), international trade, education, banking and financial services.


We believe that aligning your career to a sector of law you are truly passionate about will benefit your development and knowledge, allowing you to become the best future lawyer at Hill Dickinson that you can be, through tailoring your development and knowledge to one of our three sectors - business services, health or marine.

We have training contract opportunities in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds and Newcastle, that offer you the opportunity to complete four six-month seats in your chosen sector over the course of the two years.

Throughout the training contract, support is provided by our dedicated trainee committee made up of partners, legal directors and senior associates that represent each of our locations and business groups. Alongside the technical, legal training that you gain from your seats, you will also complete a programme designed especially for our trainees to enhance business skills and personal effectiveness. Not only does this ensure you have the foundations you need to continue to grow in your career, but also provides a valuable opportunity to network with your peers.

We offer insight schemes across our UK offices to give you the opportunity to see what life is really like at Hill Dickinson.

During the scheme, you will hear first-hand experiences of our trainees, trainee committee and wider business, and how this contributes to our welcoming and approachable culture. Our insight schemes will also give you the opportunity to be considered for a training contract, and learn more about the sector that you are interested in.

In winter 2023 we will be hosting open days in our Liverpool, London and Manchester offices, where you will get to know the firm better and decide the right opportunity for you.


We have adopted the SQE route via a graduate apprenticeship for all future trainees, meaning we will cover the cost of your programme and exam fees, and you will receive an apprentice salary while you study.

We are pleased to be working with the University of Law to design a tailored SQE programme, focused on equipping our trainees with the skills they need to be successful lawyers of the future, with modules tailored to your sector, as well as on project management and innovation.

Please note that if you are in the process of or have already completed your LPC, then you can still apply for our training contract and you will not be required to undertake the SQE.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Hill Dickinson is committed to providing fairness and equal opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, nationality, religion or belief.

We understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people and that it is only by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work that we can truly benefit from their rich and varied strengths.

Hill Dickinson is an equal opportunities employer. All applications received by the firm will be considered based on their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background and from all routes to qualification, with both the SRA and CILEx.

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