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Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 29 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, rewarding and innovative."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
8.4 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.9 / 10
Pro Bono
6.7 / 10


  • The firm has a real interest in trainees' development, and their thoughts and ideas are valued.
  • Supervisors and partners are happy to act as mentors to trainees and provide regular constructive feedback.
  • Several social events are organised both in and outside of the workplace.
  • Trainees are regularly given client contact and a great deal of responsibility.


  • It can be difficult to get a seat in popular departments.
  • A high intake of trainees can make it more difficult to stand out.
  • 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...

"Ambitious candidates who are keen to work hard to achieve success. The opportunities..."

"Everybody knows everyone at the firm, and I find that all partners are approachable..."

"Training at DWF is very good. There is an induction at the start of each seat which..."

"This varies from person to person but from my experience there are normally people..."

"The Leeds office location in Bridgewater Place is impressive, being the tallest building..."

"I believe that the firm's hours are reasonable. Other members of the team have flexible..."

"The salary is relatively good, although I wish there was a better bonus structure..."

"The firm has enough money to lay on good quality events and to maintain good quality..."

"The recruitment process is done in multiple stages. This included a written application,..."

"Both of my interviews focused on my personality and ability to fit in at DWF, as..."

"One of our values is Environment. As well as assisting with community environmental..."

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

"My day-to-day responsibilities are very varied making for an interesting and challenging..."

"Lots! I have mostly been involved with mentoring in schools but also got involved..."

"The social side of the firm is a plus: Friday Fridge, summer and Christmas Parties..."

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

"I chose DWF because we have the same values. We are both ambitious and driven. It..."

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

"The branding idea (the cute little circles) is inspired by CEO Andrew Leaitherland's..."

"Open, meritocratic and a happy place to work!"

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

"It is stressful because the workload is very heavy, but I tend to thrive on it rather..."

"Have a regular and interesting workload without peaks and troughs."

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