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DWF LLP

We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients. Led by Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland, we have over 26 key locations and 2,800 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 & 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.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • Regional
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Insurance
Head quartersManchester
Number of Offices26
Office Locations - Overview
  • South
  • South East
  • South West
  • North
  • North East
  • North West
  • Midlands
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
No of Partners316
No of Lawyers1
Average Trainee Salary£22,000 - £38,000 (excluding Belfast)
Managing PartnerAndrew Leaitherland

Training Contracts

At DWF we use our values to help define and reinforce our culture and 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.

As you take important steps in your legal career, you’ll benefit from the most innovative legal, technical and sector expertise. You will be supported to go beyond your full potential with a range of training, practical day-to-day working and in house learning and workshops.

If you can think and perform beyond the conventional, you’ll start a legal career that goes beyond your expectations. Help us to redefine legal services, and you’ll benefit from a professional life that stretches and defines you too.

 

No of Trainees / Yr50
Location
  • London
  • Manchester
Degree class2.1
A levelsAAB
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Video Interview

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Vacation Schemes

The award winning vacation scheme is designed to give you a genuine in-depth experience of what it’s like to work at DWF.

During the two-week scheme, you will work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You’ll work on live legal matters, while also attending a variety of internal workshops and presentations to help you understand DWF as a legal business.

Join our vacation scheme and you’ll experience our entrepreneurial, innovative, yet supportive global legal business for yourself.

Location
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
Degree class2.1 Hons
A levelsAAB

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Apprenticeships

Our Paralegal Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for candidates of any age, who either want to start their career as soon as possible, or are looking for a career change, to enter the legal sector without the cost or time associated with college or university.

Legal Apprentices will either work in our Legal Services Centre, or in one of our insurance or commercial legal teams.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will have the support of your team members, supervisor and a dedicated mentor. During the course of the two year apprenticeship you will gradually be exposed to more complex legal work.

No of Apprenticeships10
Location
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
GCSEs5 GCSEs minimum including English and Maths at Grade C (4) or above
A Levels3 A-levels at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Telephone Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Checking Exercise
Partner Law School
  • BPP

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