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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: £35,000 (London), £25,000 (Other)
Sponsorship: Full grant for LPC fees

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Application details and method of selection

The application process will open on 1 December 2013. 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 31 March 2014.

The closing dates for applications for a training contract are:

31 July 2014 - for graduates and undergraduates

Interviews for training contracts will be held during August.

Firm description and career prospects

DWF is a business law firm with a distinctive approach, providing a comprehensive range of legal services to corporate bodies, public sector institutions and private individuals. DWF was recently named "Best National Law Firm" at the 2011 Legal Business Awards and ranked third among national firms in the UK for the Legal Week Client Satisfaction Survey 2010.

The firm employs 2,500 people, including 200 partners.

The firm prides itself on providing outstanding client service that combines excellent commercial advice with an approachable style.

DWF provides a range of legal services: corporate & commercial, private client & family, finance & restructuring, insurance, litigation, people and real estate. We align ourselves with our clients through cross-practice group sector groups which reflect the specific service needs of our clients in those sectors. Our sector groups include insurance, energy & infrastructure, food, outsourcing & technology, retail, transport, education, financial services and healthcare.

Key clients include: Royal & Sun Alliance, Lloyds Banking group, Metropolitan Police, BAE Systems, Sainsburys and BUPA.

Our brand values relate to our people, our clients, our community and our environment. They are our internal guide and reinforce our drive and commitment to quality, the belief we have in our people and our determination to provide excellent legal and commercial advice to our clients, whilst keeping an eye on our wider responsibilities.

Our future depends on recruiting and retaining the right people. At DWF we only recruit people of the highest quality whether they are lawyers or non-lawyers.

DWF is always on the look out for ambitious and driven professionals who are able to add value to our developing team. DWF wants its trainee solicitors to play a part in building on its success. The firm is looking for trainees who enjoy working as part of a busy team, respond positively to a challenge and have what it takes to deliver results for clients. The firm is looking for its partners of the future.

To find out what it is like to work at DWF LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


DWF sponsors the LPC, and we’ll reimburse you the cost of the LPC if you’ve already completed the course before accepting a training contract with us.

Work placements

The vacation scheme is an excellent way to find out more about us and experience life as a DWF trainee.

Each summer we offer week-long placements in Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester and Newcastle, where you can join one of our many practice groups and get to grips with some challenging projects. You'll also have the chance to complete training for a range of legal skills.

And if your performance stands out while you're with us, we can fast track you through the trainee recruitment process.

Training contract programme

DWF's unique training contract is divided into six four-month 'seats'. This means you'll get a real taste of the variety of work we offer so you can make well-informed decisions about your future career path.

You'll have the opportunity to sit in specialist departments within all our practice groups, complete secondments with key clients and rotate between our offices. Our trainees return to their preferred department for their penultimate or final seat. This gives you between eight and twelve months pre-qualification experience in your chosen field.

As a trainee solicitor, you'll work alongside a partner, associate or senior solicitor to gain practical day-to-day experience. You'll combine this with in-house lectures, workshop programmes and the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Trainee solicitors are regularly involved in business development and networking opportunities - and get the chance to work closely with high-profile clients and run their own files on smaller transactions and files.

We take on a small number of trainee solicitors each year - to ensure each gets plenty of hands-on experience and can accept appropriate responsibility for legal matters at an early stage, rather than having to spend a traineeship engaged in routine support tasks. By taking this approach, we achieved a 100% offer rate at qualification in 2010 and 2011.

Not only does this approach ensure a solid grounding in both the law and client handling skills, it also means that trainees are well equipped to develop a long term career with DWF. Our aim is to provide the firm with a constant supply of high-quality solicitors, who will stay with us for many years and who will aspire to become partners. As proof that this approach works we have many partners, associates and senior solicitors who joined us as trainees.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche

Work areas


Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Preston, Teesside

Probono initiatives



Turnover: £102,000,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £412,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £35,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 80% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2012)
  • 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
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies



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