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Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious, innovative, and client-focused."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.9 / 10
8.9 / 10
7.8 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.1 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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...

"Not only do you need to understand the law, you need to understand business and take..."

"There is a very active social committee with lots of opportunities to get involved...."

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

"It's a bit hit and miss to be honest but there are some really great informal mentors..."

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

"My working hours have varied considerably as I move between departments. I have put..."

"The pay is good for a trainee and the newly qualified rate is also good."

"There are plenty of social activities to take part in across the offices, networking..."

"DWF are picky - they won't take just anybody!"

"A retailer is looking to take its business online: what are the issues you would..."

"They make strong efforts in the areas of recycling and reducing our energy consumption,..."

"We have won awards regarding diversity and are constantly asking questions on how..."

"I find that there is good client interaction, and a lot of responsibility suited..."

"Pro bono is a fundamental pillar of the firm. DWF has lots of community engagement..."

"Real interest in trainee development, with significant client contact and responsibility...."

"Long hours have been a drawback for me."

"The firm is an award-winning legal business, and their ambitions for the future,..."

"I don't have any expectations about being kept on, given the market. I obviously..."

"We advised on the largest public service contract in Scottish history."

"The firm is down to earth, friendly and ambitious."

"There are a number of schemes that the firm is involved with on a wide scale across..."

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

"A better system for obtaining feedback, taking the onus away from the trainee to..."

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