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Please see below an outline of our application openings and deadlines. All applications must be made online via www.dwf.law/graduate. This will redirect you to our application portal, Apply4Law.
Open day applications open: Monday 2 September 2019
Open day deadline: Friday 1 November 2019
Vacation scheme applications open: Monday 2 September 2019
Vacation scheme 2020 deadline: Friday 10 January 2020
Training contract applications open: Monday 2 September 2019
Training contract deadline 2022 start: Friday 26 June 2020
How to applywww.dwf.law/graduate
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Ms Sarah Tucker
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Video interview
We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients. Led by Group CEO Andrew Leaitherland, we have 27 key locations and over 3,100 people delivering services and solutions that go beyond expectations.
By questioning traditions and thinking beyond conventions, we achieve outstanding levels of innovation. We have received recognition for our work by The Financial Times who named us as one of Europe's most innovative legal advisers, and we have a range of stand-alone consultative services, technology and products in addition to the traditional legal offering.
We connect on a global scale, sharing our knowledge and technical expertise to identify and anticipate challenges. We are finding new solutions for clients within eight core sectors including energy and Industrials, financial services, insurance, public sector, real estate, retail, food and hospitality, technology and transport.
Building business relationships that inspire trust and confidence across all levels of our business; means we deliver an exceptional client experience. We work with a range of FTSE 100 multinational household names to private individuals, from both the public and private sector.
Join us on our shared journey to redefine legal services and you’ll benefit from the most innovative thinkers, technical experts and sector specialists.
The two-week vacation scheme gives you the chance to work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You'll work on live legal matters and will be given responsibility right from the start.
This is combined with a variety of internal workshops and presentations, helping you understand DWF as a business. You'll also complete a group project that's designed to aid your professional development and provide you with some of the essential skills of a successful commercial lawyer.
As well as gaining fantastic experience, you'll also be paid reasonably for your time on the vacation scheme.
The deadline to apply is Friday 10 January 2020.
At DWF, we use our values to help define and reinforce our culture and to enable us to recruit, retain and develop the highest quality people. This is reflected in our training contract, where our future trainees are made to feel part of the DWF team from the moment of offer. Once within the business, our trainees get a high level of responsibility in terms of legal work and exposure to business development and CSR. There are opportunities to learn from leading legal, technical and sector experts, and all our trainees are supported to go beyond their full potential with a range of training, practical day-to-day working and in-house learning and workshops. Many of our trainees also have the opportunity to complete a client secondment.
The deadline to apply for a training contract commencing in 2022 is Friday 26 June 2020.
DWF sponsors the LPC and the Scottish Diploma.
- Catastrophic personal injury
- Occupational health
- Professional indemnity
- Commercial insurance
- Corporate tax
- Private client
- Infrastructure & projects
- Real estate
- Business restructuring
- Commercial litigation
- Finance litigation
- Insured litigation
- Real estate litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Phone: 0333 320 2220
|Number of work placements:||30|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 in any subject, AAB in A levels/equivalent or AAABB in Scottish Highers|
|Start salary:||£22,000-£38,000-varies by location (figures exclude Belfast)|
|Sponsorship:||Full grant for LPC fees|
|Profit per partner:||£412,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,681 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||85% (2015)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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- Legal Apprenticeships
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Working Families