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Get the inside buzz from graduates at DWF LLP

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2017)
"Flexible and growing."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
8.6 / 10
7.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10


  • The firm takes a lot of interest in trainees' development and gives them work to reflect this.
  • Supervisors and partners are happy to act as mentors to trainees and provide regular constructive feedback.
  • Effort is made to ensure that trainees have a good work/life balance.
  • Trainees are regularly given client contact and a great deal of responsibility.


  • It can be difficult to get a seat in popular departments.
  • Some feel there could be more social events organised by the firm.
  • 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...

"Interviews, assessment centres, practice group partner (PGP) informal interviews...."

"The Liverpool office is particularly social - both amongst the trainees and the wider..."

"Training is very good - there are always training sessions to go on and I'm encouraged..."

"Everyone is very approachable and encourage non-chargeable work which will develop..."

"The offices are new and in fantastic locations. The dress code is not too strict..."

"Working hours seem good and working from home is available once you are qualified..."

"DWFs pay is completely in line, if not higher, than the general legal market for..."

"Fridge Friday: free drinks and nibbles provided on the last Friday of every month..."

"The interview process was very much based on personality and your skills. It wasn't..."

"Asked to describe the sector and practice group approach. Usual commercial questions..."

"There is a group to support this within the firm, and it actively encourages oth..."

"We have an extensive diversity policy and a number of committees to raise awareness..."

"The work is generally very good and there are opportunities to get a lot of responsibility..."

"I have not been involved in any pro bono schemes so far."

"The people, the technology and innovation. The level of work and responsibility offered..."

"I find that I work long hours and there are sometimes big expectations in terms of..."

"I appreciated the strong vision and strategy that DWF had for future growth as well..."

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

"The comedienne Susan Calman was a trainee at Biggart Baillie (which merged with DWF)..."

"The firm is exciting, ambitious and approachable."

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

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

"Freedom to choose your professional skills course elective modules would improve..."

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