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Vacancies: 50
Trainees: 100
Partners: 296
Staff: 950+
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
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 application process will open on 02 October 204. If you wish to apply for a vacation scheme or training contract please complete our online application form at www.dwf.co.uk.

The closing date for applications for our summer vacation scheme is 2 February 2015.

The closing dates for applications for a training contract is: 31 July 2015 - for graduates and undergraduates.

Interviews for training contracts will be held during July/ August.

Firm description and career prospects

Described by market commentators as "blazing the trail", DWF is one of the UK's largest law firms and has an award-winning reputation for client service excellence and effective operational management.

Independently ranked 1st of all top 20 law firms for the quality of its legal advice and joint 1st of all national law firms for its service delivery and responsiveness, DWF has recently been named 'Best Managed National Law Firm' at the Managing Partners' Forum Awards for Management Excellence 2014, which recognises management excellence in professional services firms across Europe.

Employing over 2,500 people across 12 locations in the UK & Ireland, the firm has core strengths in insurance, corporate & banking, real estate and litigation, and in-depth industry expertise in six chosen sectors including central & local government; energy & industrials; financial services; retail, food & hospitality; technology; and transport.

DWF is focused on delivering client service excellence to all its clients, which include major household names and FTSE- listed companies such as: Virgin Trains, Adidas, Leeds City Council, Whitbread, De Vere Group, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland, and has invested significantly in its client care programme developing a number of strategic account leadership for its clients across the UK and internationally.

Our future depends on recruiting and retaining the right people. We're looking for people who are committed to a career in law, who enjoy working as part of a busy team and respond positively to a challenge. Our trainees share ambition and the ability to bring something new and valuable to existing teams. Commercial acumen, good organisational skills and a fresh way of thinking about client needs are all hallmarks of a DWF trainee. We also like to see candidates who have spent some time pursuing interest outside of academia.


DWF sponsors the LPC and the Scottish Diploma, and we’ll reimburse you the cost of these if you’ve already completed the course before accepting a training contract with us.

Work placements

The vacation scheme is the best way to understand what makes DWF different and to experience life as a DWF trainee.

Our two-week vacation schemes give you the chance to experience two of our practice groups and to work with partners, associates and trainees on live legal matters.

You'll also attend a variety of internal workshops, meet DWF people and find out what they do, and take part in practical group projects designed to aid your professional development. There are lots of social events and networking opportunities too.

There is a support network to guide you through the two weeks, including a supervisor, a trainee buddy and the graduate recruitment team who are on hand to offer advice and support. At the end of the two weeks the graduate recruitment team will discuss your career aspirations with you and help decide on your next steps.

Training contract programme

DWF's unique training contract is divided into six four-month 'seats'. This means you'll get a real taste of the variety of work we offer so you can make well-informed decisions about your future career path.

You'll have the opportunity to sit in specialist departments within many of our practice groups, complete secondments with key clients and rotate between our offices. Our trainees return to their preferred department for their penultimate or final seat. This gives you between eight and twelve months pre-qualification experience in your chosen field.

As a trainee solicitor, you'll work alongside a partner, associate or senior solicitor to gain practical day-to-day experience. You'll combine this with in-house lectures, workshop programmes and the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Trainee solicitors are regularly involved in business development and networking opportunities - and get the chance to work closely with high-profile clients and run their own files on smaller transactions and files.

We take on a small number of trainee solicitors each year - to ensure each gets plenty of hands-on experience and can accept appropriate responsibility for legal matters at an early stage, rather than having to spend a traineeship engaged in routine support tasks.

Not only does this approach ensure a solid grounding in both the law and client handling skills, it also means that trainees are well equipped to develop a long term career with DWF. Our aim is to provide the firm with a constant supply of high-quality solicitors, who will stay with us for many years and who will aspire to become partners. As proof that this approach works we have many partners, associates and senior solicitors who joined us as trainees.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche

Work areas


Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle

Probono initiatives


Diversity access schemes



Turnover: £188,000,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £412,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £36,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 1,681 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 81% (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2012)
  • 22.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 39.6% male (2012)
  • 60.4% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies


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