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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2017)
"Innovative, creative, and room for everyone's ideas."
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
 
Hours
8.6 / 10
 
Salary
7.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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...

"Hard-working, intelligent, committed to a career as a solicitor, people with personality..."

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

"The first two induction weeks were great - the trainees got a thorough introduction..."

"There are lots of courses available through the DWF academy."

"The firm has lovely professional offices; particularly the client floor. Open-plan..."

"It varies from seat to seat but, generally, I spend about 42 to 48 hours a week working...."

"The current salary is above average for the location. Trainees do not currently receive..."

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

"The interview process for trainees is a fairly lengthy one but I don’t believe..."

"I was asked: why did you decide to pursue a career in law? What makes you stand out..."

"I think this is a hot topic. Pre-merger, Biggart Baillie was carbon neutral, which..."

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

"It depends on the team, but generally trainee supervision is excellent and you will..."

"Anyone can get involved in 5 Star Futures, which is an award-winning community education..."

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

"Sometimes the firm can feel too big, (but not very often)."

"I had worked as a paralegal and liked the culture of the firm. I knew that I would..."

"They are generally good but some teams and offices are more competitive than others..."

"The colour of the logo is known as 'rubine red'."

"A friendly office with high-quality work befitting a top 20 firm."

"Set up paralegal academy to allow school leavers access to a career in law through..."

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

"More efficient IT systems and support facilities to help fee earners concentrate..."

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