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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Values-led, forward-thinking, ambitious."
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.9 / 10
 
Hours
8.9 / 10
 
Salary
7.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.1 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • Open-plan offices and approachable people mean that trainees do not feel that they are working in a strict hierarchy.
  • There is a lot of training, both formal and informal, that is designed to help individual trainees achieve their best.
  • The hours are seen as being less demanding than at similar firms.
  • There is a strong benefits programme including drinks provided once a month and unlimited discounted access to the Sky Garden.

Cons

  • There could be an increase in transparency around seat moves and qualification.
  • Some see the retention rates as being low.
  • The salary is not poor, but some feel it could be increased to be more competitive.
  • Communication between offices could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"Understand the sector approach and how it is a vital tool for cross-selling our services..."

"DWF has a very sociable atmosphere and they actively encourage staff members to partake..."

"Unusually we offer six four-month seats. This enables us to experience a broad range..."

"Informal training and mentoring is very good. If you make yourself known in the firm..."

"The London office is on two floors in the Walkie Talkie building. It's modern and..."

"As a trainee I was surprised about how much flexibility there was. People accept..."

"I am in a regional office and DWF pays one of the highest regional salaries, and..."

"We have free access (via a private lift) to the Sky Garden, with discounts on food..."

"The recruitment process is a rigorous as they come. For my vacation scheme I completed..."

"I was asked: what legislation would I change if I were PM for a day and why? Problem..."

"We are striving to become paperless, and there is a strong focus on reducing our..."

"Diversity at higher levels of management could be improved. However, there is more..."

"Some of my work is the typical admin that you would expect a trainee to be doing..."

"There's no structured pro bono programme at the London office, though there are more..."

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

"Difficult to get a seat in popular departments such as family or employment."

"The recent growth, ambition and strong regional presence."

"They are generally good but some teams and offices are more competitive than others..."

"We have monthly themed social events."

"An entrepreneurial firm looking to expand, but carefully to ensure sustainable growth...."

"Set up paralegal academy to allow school leavers access to a career in law through..."

"There have been a few stressful occasions when there are tight deadlines to meet..."

"There should be more training on the seats before you start them. The firm is currently..."

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