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DWF Group Plc

  • 35 vacancies
  • 86 trainees
  • 3100 staff

About DWF Group Plc

DWF is a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients.

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More info

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


Applications to

Ms Sarah Tucker

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • 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.  

DWF sponsors the LPC and the Scottish Diploma.

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.

  • Casualty
  • Catastrophic personal injury
  • Insurance
  • Occupational health
  • Professional indemnity
  • Commercial insurance
  • Claims
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Corporate tax
  • Pensions
  • Private client
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure & projects
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Business restructuring
  • Commercial litigation
  • Employment
  • Finance litigation
  • Insured litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3AA
Phone: 0333 320 2220
Email: trainees@dwf.law
Web: www.dwf.law/graduate
Work placement: Yes
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
Turnover: £188,000,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £412,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £22,000
Training contract applications: 1,681 (2014)
Retention rate: 85% (2015)
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2016)
  • 22.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 39.6% male (2012)
  • 60.4% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Newcastle
  • London
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Belfast
  • Dublin
  • Brussels
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Munich
  • Milan
  • Warsaw
  • Dubai
  • Doha
  • Chicago
  • Toronto
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle (New South Wales)
  • Singapore
  • Afro-Caribbean Network
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Brokerage Citylink
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Working Families