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|Number of work placements:||30|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 in any subject, AAB in A levels/equivalent|
|Start salary:||£36,000 (London), £26,000 (Other)|
|Sponsorship:||Full grant for LPC fees|
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Application details and method of selection
The closing date for applications for our summer vacation scheme is 5 January 2018.
The closing dates for applications for a training contract is: 6 July 2018 for graduates and undergraduates.
Find out more and network with recruiters and lawyers from DWF LLP at the NationalLawLIVE student conference in Manchester on 1 December. Apply here before midnight on 29 October to be considered for a place.
Firm description and career prospects
Described by market commentators as ‘blazing a trail’, DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s top 50 most innovative law firms, for innovation in culture, strategy, technology and human resources, DWF's strategic aim is to make legal services a more powerful enabler of its clients' success.
The business has core strengths in corporate and banking, insurance and litigation, and in-depth industry expertise in eight core sectors, namely energy and industrials; financial services; insurance; public sector; real estate; retail, food and hospitality; technology; and transport and logistics, which underpin its go-to-market strategy. DWF is focused on delivering service excellence to all of its clients in the UK and internationally, which include major household names and FTSE-listed companies such as Adidas, Aviva, DHL, Expedia, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA, Serco, Telefonica, Virgin Trains, Whitbread and Zurich.
DWF sponsors the LPC and the Scottish Diploma.
DWF summer vacation scheme takes place in June, dates of which depend on location. If you are in your penultimate year of a law degree, or final year of a non-law degree then you are eligible to apply. Applications are usually open from the start of October until January, and you must make an online application.
The business recruits the majority of its trainees through the vacation scheme, so it's a good opportunity to get ahead and see why DWF is the right business for you. 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.
Training contract programme
DWF's training contract gives you the opportunity to get a real taste of the variety of work on offer and will be able to make a more informed decision about your future career. Many DWF trainees also have the opportunity to complete a client secondment.
Casualty, catastrophic personal injury, insurance, occupational health, professional indemnity, commercial insurance, claims, asset finance, banking, commercial, corporate, corporate tax, pensions, private client, construction, infrastructure and projects, planning, real estate, business restructuring, commercial litigation, employment, family, finance litigation, insured litigation, real estate litigation, regulatory.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, London, Chicago, Toronto, Glasgow, Brussels, Dublin, Cologne, Dubai, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Belfast and Singapore.
Diversity access schemes
PRIME, Stonewall, Working Families