Described by market commentators as "blazing a 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 Firm’ at the Managing Partners' Forum Awards for Management Excellence 2014, which recognise management excellence in professional services firms across Europe.
Trainees at DWF can expect to sit six four-month seats, allowing them to get a real taste for the wide variety of work that the firm does. Reviews with HR, seat supervisors and training principles occur throughout the process so that trainees can express their future aspirations and really take charge of their training contract.
Internships & Placements
DWF offers a two-week vacation scheme, during which interns will become immersed in two of the firm’s many practice areas.
All apprentice roles are advertised through the DWF website and further details of the role and how to apply will be listed each summer.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Please refer to the graduate recruitment brochure and website for further information regarding rewards/benefits.
DWF are 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. Their employees are driven to deliver consistent results for clients. They only recruit people of the highest calibre because that’s what their clients expect.
Their trainees, paralegals and apprentices share ambition and the ability to bring something new and valuable to their team. Commercial acumen, good organisational skills and a fresh way of thinking about client needs are all hallmarks of a DWF team member. They also like to see candidates who have interests outside academia and appreciate the importance of work/life balance.
For training contracts
DWF look for a 2.1 Degree and an AAB or higher at A Level (or equivalent).
They welcome applications from penultimate year law students, all final year students (law & non law) and all graduates (from any degree discipline). They only take on a small number of Trainee Solicitors each year. It’s a deliberate policy designed to make sure that each Trainee gets plenty of hands-on experience.
This means you are able to accept appropriate responsibility for legal matters at an early stage, instead of spending a Traineeship dealing only with routine support tasks.
For Paralegal roles
DWF welcome applications from both experienced fee earners and graduates.
Entry requirements vary depending on the practice area and the day-to-day responsibilities of the position. In some cases they simply require A Level finishers or graduates from any degree discipline looking to take their first steps towards paralegal work, but for some roles candidates will need to have completed the LPC.
For Apprentice Roles
To be considered for the role of Apprentice, you must be able to demonstrate some basic IT and keyboard skills with knowledge of Word, Excel and database programs coupled with good administration and organisational skills. With proven team working skills and excellent communication skills, you must have the ability to learn on the job and participate in learning and development at every opportunity.
These are ideal opportunities for candidates who have studied to A level or equivalent and are looking to start a fantastic new career.
How To Apply
The online application form is accessible via the DWF website. They accept applications for the vacation scheme and for training contracts from December each year.
The selection process for a training contracts consists of first round interviews, an assessment centre and the opportunity to meet their Practice Group Partners.
They have ongoing opportunities for Paralegals.
The selection process will normally include a one-to-two stage interview process and sometimes a verbal reasoning test.
Visit the site for details of all current vacancies and how to apply.
DWF recruit on an annual basis for the apprenticeship scheme, with successful candidates joining the firm each September.
All apprentice roles are advertised through the DWF website http://www.dwf.co.uk/join-us/graduate/ and further details of the role and how to apply will be listed each summer.
All graduate recruitment related queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or clarified by calling on 0161 838 0144.