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Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A national, growing, aspiring and commercial law firm."
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...

"My main tip for candidates applying to DWF is to know the firm. Make sure you understand..."

"The offices at DWF are open-plan, so there is no knocking on doors to ask to speak..."

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

"Everyone is helpful and on hand to mentor juniors. One criticism is that some trainee..."

"Great location in the city centre, easy for people/clients to find, and easy access..."

"I average around nine hours per day (including lunch). The focus is on getting the..."

"The rate of pay at the firm for a Scottish trainee is one of the best in Scotland,..."

"We get a monthly Friday Fridge (office drinks) and corporate social responsibility..."

"The managing partner of DWF is heavily involved in the trainee recruitment process..."

"There was a mix of competency questions, commercial questions, current affairs and..."

"Many (but not all) departments have gone paperless."

"The firm has been proactive with encouraging diversity among its staff."

"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..."

"Down to earth people and big responsibility. Sociable between offices, fridge Fridays..."

"The lack of transparency. This lack of transparency seems to be reflected throughout..."

"The people and the ambition."

"I am fairly confident that I will be kept on as a new qualifier. The retention rates..."

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

"The firm is friendly, ambitious and encouraging."

"The firm does lots of advertising - at law fairs, social media and uni/college events,..."

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

"I would like there to be more opportunities to visit other offices and other trainees...."

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