Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Energetic, fast, and fun."
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...

"Commercial and legal candidates. The business is always looking to gain new clients..."

"The firm has a great culture - I have been thanked every evening for the work I have..."

"Continuous training programme both as a trainee and within departments. As a trainee,..."

"This varies depending on the partner you are assigned as supervisor. My previous..."

"The Birmingham office is a very modern and welcoming office space in Birmingham city..."

"The hours are dependent purely on work load and in most seats, there is no culture..."

"Bonuses not available as a trainee. Pay is standard for a large regional firm."

"Trainee ball every year."

"A series of intensive assessment, including interview and presentation. Questions..."

"Questions about: law in the retail sector; my experience; current affairs that I..."

"The firm has attempted to reduce the business miles travelled by car and where possible..."

"This is generally very good and there are lots of internal communications and training..."

"I have recently completed two seats in real estate and was given a variety of work,..."

"I haven't personally done any pro bono work but I know we are active in the community...."

"Working with excellent colleagues in a fantastic environment."

"Rapid growth can be disconcerting at times. Mixed quality of work in training contract..."

"It is a very innovative law firm and up-and-coming in its area. I thought there would..."

"Increasing the new qualifier salary would help."

"We started out as a small Liverpool firm."

"A nice environment to work in."

"We do a lot of work with schools in the area to raise our profile, as well as helping..."

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

"Higher salary. I had to take a significant pay cut to be a trainee, and I'm finding..."

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