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Vacancies: 50
Trainees: 100
Partners: 296
Staff: 950+
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 in any subject, AAB in A levels/equivalent
Start salary: £36,000 (London), £26,000 (Other)
Sponsorship: Full grant for LPC fees

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Application details and method of selection

The application process will open in October 2015. If you wish to apply for a vacation scheme or training contract please complete our online application form at www.dwf.co.uk.

The closing date for applications for our summer vacation scheme is 15 January 2016.

The closing dates for applications for a training contract is: 30 June 2015 for graduates and undergraduates.

Interviews for training contracts will be held during July/August.

Firm description and career prospects

In order to be outstanding, you must always be different and DWF knows that better than most. We were named 'Legal Innovator of the Year' at the 2015 Legal Business Awards in recognition of our innovative approach to operational management, client service delivery and people engagement and were also voted one of Europe's 50 most innovative law firms by the Financial Times.

After an impressive number of mergers and acquisitions, DWF is one of the UK's top 20 law firms and employs nearly 2,500 people, including 270 partners and 1200 fee earners. The firm has offices across the UK and recently opened its first international office in Dubai.

The firm has core strengths in corporate & banking, real estate, litigation and insurance, and in-depth industry expertise across six chosen sectors including financial services; retail; food and hospitality; central and local government; energy and industrials; technology; and transport.

DWF is focussed on delivering client service excellence to all of its clients which include major household names and FTSE-listed companies such as Virgin Trains, adidas, Whitbread, De Ver Group, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland. DWF has invested significantly in technology and its client care programmes in order to better service its clients across the UK and internationally.


DWF sponsors the LPC and the Scottish Diploma.

Work placements

Our vacation schemes are an excellent way to learn more about the firm and gain first-hand experience of life as a DWF trainee. It’s as much about you choosing us as it is about us choosing you. During your time with the firm, you will become fully immersed in two of our many practice groups, complete legal skills training and attend a number of networking events.

Training contract programme

Our unique training contract is divided up into six four-month seats which gives you the opportunity to experience more practice areas than a traditional training contract. You will get a real taste of the variety of work we offer and will be able to make a more informed decision about your future career.  You can even return to your preferred department for your final seat; enabling up to eight months pre-qualification experience in your chosen field.  Many of our trainees also have the opportunity to complete a client secondment.

During your training contract, DWF will continue to invest in your future. You'll complete a number of legal technical training sessions and be provided with a full practice group induction each time you move seats. You will also meet with a member of our dedicated HR team halfway through each seat to discuss and review your progress.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche

Work areas


Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle

Probono initiatives


Diversity access schemes



Turnover: £188,000,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £412,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £36,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 1,681 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 85% (2015) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2015)
  • 22.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 39.6% male (2012)
  • 60.4% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies


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