Our competition practice is growing. We advise on the full spectrum of UK competition procedures (behavioural, commercial practices, merger control, investigations, damages claims, competition disqualification orders and dispute resolution) and state aid/subsidy control. The team also advises on investigations by the CMA under its consumer protection powers.

Due to increasing instructions from our clients we need to add an additional 5+PQE lawyer to our national team. The successful candidate could be based out of any of our regional locations (Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton, Edinburgh or Plymouth) and will work on supporting our clients on a range of competition related instructions, both contentious and non-contentious. To be successful in this role you will have a practical and engaging approach to competition law, excellent drafting skills, good, broad ranging experience to-date of working on major competition law mandates, a willingness to learn and be flexible, with the ability to offer commercial and strategic advice to clients within a complex and challenging framework of law.Transactional advisory work, such as merger filings, currently forms the smallest component of the work done by the team. Working with the head of team to further grow the practice, by identifying and pursuing opportunities, will be a requirement of the successful candidate.

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 18 US cities and eight 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 LGBTQ+, 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.