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Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2017)
"Entrepreneurial; dynamic; friendly."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
8.6 / 10
7.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10


  • The firm takes a lot of interest in trainees' development and gives them work to reflect this.
  • Supervisors and partners are happy to act as mentors to trainees and provide regular constructive feedback.
  • Effort is made to ensure that trainees have a good work/life balance.
  • Trainees are regularly given client contact and a great deal of responsibility.


  • It can be difficult to get a seat in popular departments.
  • Some feel there could be more social events organised by the firm.
  • While trainee retention is very high, there may not be space to qualify into the department of your choice.
  • Frequent IT changes can cause disruption.

What insiders say about...

"In the application there is a video interview, face-to-face interview, assessment..."

"The Liverpool office is particularly social - both amongst the trainees and the wider..."

"Training took two weeks, and included the professional skills course qualifications..."

"Generally very good, again department-specific. Everyone is friendly and approachable...."

"All of DWF's offices are spacious, clean and innovative looking. All offices are..."

"It's fairly flexible. If you need to go to the doctors or if there is a train strike,..."

"There's no bonus for trainees and pay is at market level."

"The fantastic view from the 32nd floor of the Walkie Talkie building."

"The interview process for trainees is a fairly lengthy one but I don’t believe..."

"Where do you see the legal market in five years' time? What would you do if you were..."

"We get lots of notices and initiatives."

"There are various working groups for diversity including women, ethnic minorities..."

"I'm very happy with the quality of my work. I get to assist partners and senior fee..."

"In terms of pro bono, the firm has participated in Give and Gain Day, each office..."

"Full service offering coupled with unique rotational system; rapidly growing; open-minded..."

"I find that I work long hours and there are sometimes big expectations in terms of..."

"Well regarded top 20 firm with small office environment in Edinburgh."

"Trainee retention has been very strong at DWF historically. The firm works hard to..."

"We grew out of Liverpool - until last year, Jim Davies and Guy Wallis (founding partners)..."

"The firm is friendly, ambitious and encouraging."

"I know that the firm encourages progression from within - there are several secretaries/paralegals/legal..."

"Generally there is little stress at all, but at times, when thee are major deadlines..."

"More efficient IT systems and support facilities to help fee earners concentrate..."

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