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Stage one: online application (includes academics, work experience and a personal statement). You must submit your application via https://www.apply4law.com/dwf/. Please note that we do not recruit on a rolling basis.
Stage two: video interview (around 10-15 minutes to complete with a mixture of strengths based and competency based questions).
Stage three: assessment centre (includes a strengths based panel interview, a group exercise and written task).
If you have applied for a vacation scheme, you will complete the vacation scheme following the assessment centre. The vacation scheme will assess your suitability for a training contract and if successful, you will be invited to the final stage of the recruitment. If you have applied for the training contract, you will go from the assessment centre to the final stage of the recruitment.
The final stage of our process is our meet the leaders event, which is unique to DWF. The event includes a speed networking session with senior leaders from across our legal advisory division, allowing candidates to learn more about DWF.
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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.
In order to be eligible, you must be able to start a training contract if offered. Therefore we only accept applications from penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates from all disciplines.
The deadline to apply is Sunday 15 January 2023.
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 2025 is Sunday 25 June 2023. We also have vacancies for earlier start dates in some locations.
DWF introduced the Solictors Qualifying Exam (SQE) in 2022 and this will be our preferred option for candidates who are yet to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the point of offer.
We will continue to accept applications from candidates who have already commenced or completed the LPC while the legal profession transitions to the SQE. No set end date has been confirmed at this time.
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 and inclusion leadership group defines and executes our diversity and inclusion (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 and 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 SQE (England), Diploma of Professional Legal Practice fees (Scotland) and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies fees (Northern Ireland).
We also offer further financial sponsorship which differs by location.
- 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
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. 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 or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. 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.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. 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.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
<p>Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.</p>
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. 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:||30|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 in any subject, good A levels/Scottish Highers or equivalent|
|Start salary:||£22,000 - £38,000 – varies by location|
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|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Disability Confident Leader
- GROW Mentoring
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Mindful Business Charter
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Speakers for Schools
- The Brokerage
- Working Families