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Please see below an outline of our application openings and deadlines. All applications must be made online via https://www.apply4law.com/dwf/default.aspx
Open day deadline: Friday 5 November 2021
Vacation scheme 2022 deadline: Friday 14 January 2022
Training contract deadline 2024 start: Friday 24 June 2022
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Ms Charis McGowan
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Video interview
DWF is a leading global provider of integrated legal and business services, operating across eight key sectors in over 30 global locations with over 4,000 people. Our purpose is to deliver positive outcomes with our colleagues, clients and communities.
The legal market has changed profoundly in the last decade and the speed of change continues to increase. There is a clear and growing desire for legal services to be delivered in an easier and more efficient way. So we’ve listened to our clients and designed a range of services to meet these needs.
Our vision is to deliver integrated legal and business services on a global scale through our three offerings; Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services. Our ability to seamlessly combine any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions for our clients is our key differentiator. This Integrated Legal Management approach delivers greater operational efficiency, price certainty and transparency for our clients. Without compromising on quality or service.
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 14 January 2022.
For more information, please see our brochure here.
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 2024 is Friday 24 June 2022.
For more information, please see our brochure here.
We are excited to be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) from 2022 for all applicants who have not commenced or completed the LPC at the point of offer. The 32-month training contract will start with full-time study at BPP University Law School to prepare for and sit the SQE1 assessment and to practice and develop legal knowledge and skills.
Once the full-time study is complete, our trainees will begin the two-year Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) where they will have the chance to experience our four global practice groups of real estate, insurance, dispute resolution and commercial services.
At DWF, we are proud of our reputation as a supportive and inclusive employer. We aim to be an employer of choice to talent across generations and life stages by providing interventions that advance social inclusion and enable our colleagues to balance their work lives while providing the development opportunities to enjoy fulfilling and rewarding careers. As a responsible business and force for good in society, we embed our culture and values at the heart of everything we do, recognising that our people not only want a great place to work, but take pride in creating it.
Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group defines and executes our D&I Strategy. Executive Sponsors and more than 50 senior leaders, supported by our Affinity Networks and network of passionate Diversity Champions, deliver action plans in support of our new five year D&I Strategy which focuses on Gender, Race & Ethnicity, LGBT+, Disability, Mental Health.
Colleague networks strengthen our efforts to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace. They bring colleagues together through events to raise awareness and understanding, often collaborating with our clients. The networks include: Out Front - our company wide LGBT+ network, This is Me - our Gender network and our Race and Ethnicity Network - focused on increasing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation and promoting cultural diversity across the business.
DWF sponsors the Scottish Diploma.
DWF are committed to transitioning to the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) from 2022. From this point, DWF will no longer fund the LPC qualification but will cover course fees for the SQE training. Students will also receive National Living Wage while they study full time at BPP.
- 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.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
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.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||25|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 in any subject, good A levels/Scottish Highers or equivalent|
|Start salary:||£22,000-£38,000 - varies by location|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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