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8.3 / 10

(based on 27 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Collegiate environment. Everyone is treated the same regardless of seniority. If you have a good idea, you are encouraged to put it forward irrespective of what level you may be at. Teamwork and cooperation are very good. Thirsty Thursday (drinks event) at the end of the month brings together colleagues from around the business. Trainees regularly have lunch together and attend social and networking events at least once a week."
First year trainee, London
"There is obviously a hierarchy within the firm but partners are incredibly approachable, much more so than in other firms I have experience of working for. There is very much an open door policy with everyone at the firm, and associates and partners always have time to sit down and explain things and assist when there are any problems. Within our trainee group we have socials and generally have a lot of fun. Having that support network within the firm is good both professionally and personally."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Excellent level of socialising, but it does vary between teams!"
Second year trainee, Leeds
"There are good opportunities to socialise across teams. There is also a very meritocratic culture."
First year trainee, London
"While you are given a lot of responsibility and expected to work hard, you are encouraged to have a life outside of the office. If you're working late people want to know why to ensure you are not feeling under pressure or unable to cope."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"The culture at DWF is fantastic. People are encouraged to work the hours they need to work and actively discouraged from putting in face-time at the desk and staying late when it's unnecessary. Senior partners are very approachable and all work alongside their teams in open plan offices."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Everyone in the office is extremely approachable, regardless of their level/seniority. The firm organises plenty of social events that are well attended."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Great working environment. All the teams I have been in have been friendly, welcoming and supportive. There is a good amount of socialising after hours and we are actively encouraged to attend BD and networking events. Friday Fridge (free drinks for the whole office) are every last Friday of the month and certainly promote and encourage some office mingling and socialising."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The firm is very sociable as a whole, and both senior and junior members of staff are encouraged to get involved with charity/volunteer work and social events. I feel like junior members of staff are actually listened to within the firm and their input is valued."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The culture here is friendly, the firm works hard and there is a good work/life balance. Structure is similar to other firms, in my opinion, and there is a lot of training and support."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Everybody knows everyone at the firm, and I find that all partners are approachable and friendly. There is an active social life outside of work."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm has a great culture - I have been thanked every evening for the work I have done that day. Partners and solicitors have all taken an interest in getting to know me and I feel very integrated into the firm."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"There isn't a visible hierarchy at DWF. Everyone, at all levels, is very approachable and willing to offer advice and support. The social life in Leeds in particular is very good, and I attend after work events with colleagues and clients at least fortnightly, often more. I would consider a lot of my colleagues as friends, and often socialise with them outside of work time."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There is a great work/life balance here, and no hierarchy whatsoever - everyone works together as a team. There are lots of opportunities to socialise with plenty of sports and social events."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"We have an open-plan office so everyone tucks in together and hierarchy is not quite so apparent. There are lots of social events, client seminars and charitable opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"People of varying degrees of seniority are almost universally friendly and approachable. Colleagues frequently socialise outside of working hours."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"DWF has a very sociable atmosphere and they actively encourage staff members to partake in various social events. These range from a monthly 'fridge Friday' to bowling nights and pub quizzes. The solicitors from various departments mix well and there is a good sense of cooperation and cohesion."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is focused on getting the best out of its people in order to achieve its goals as a firm. Direction feels quite top heavy in the sense that there is always a personal, team or firm goal to be working towards, however, the social scene is also very active which creates a great balance. There is also a real sense of belonging when you work in each team."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a very active social committee with lots of opportunities to get involved. It is a very open working environment with no barriers to asking questions/seeking advice. A healthy work/life balance is heavily promoted. There is ample opportunity to get involved in corporate social responsibility activities."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There is a great work/life balance at DWF. There are many social and networking events to attend both nationally and regionally. The offices are open-plan, which provides for a supportive learning environment and promotes a friendly culture where partners, fee earners and support staff all work alongside one another."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The people at DWF are all approachable and ready to learn or be taught. The atmosphere is generally fun. The open-plan office, for the most part, means that a strict hierarchy is not enforced. Friday Fridge at the end of each month provides a good opportunity for the office to have a catch up over free drinks and nibbles. Trainees are encouraged to attend networking events and are a sociable group."
First year trainee, Leeds
"People are supportive and we do have some fun in between working hard! There is a good ambitious atmosphere where everyone wants to do well together. We have a great social committee who organise sport team and events."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Generally DWF has a friendly and non-hierarchy culture. Most people are down to earth and approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"The Liverpool office is particularly social - both amongst the trainees and the wider office. It is rare that we don't meet up for lunch/drinks multiple times during the week."
Second year trainee, Liverpool

2013

"Difficult to comment generally as a result of current, exceptional circumstances. However, the atmosphere and social interaction between trainees remains very good, with the firm providing a number of good opportunities to get to know each other."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Open culture in the office, you can always find someone to ask for advice if needed. Very hierarchical but this works well. Trainees socialise regularly at formal and ad hoc events."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The trainees are a close knit group together with other junior fee earners. I could approach anybody in the office for help whether it is a partner, associate, NQ, secretary, facilities, etc. Everyone is friendly! We socialise in and outside of work too with frequent drinks events and various other events."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a good culture, whereby people aren't expected to stay until late consistently. If there is a large project to be done however, then you will stay until it's completed - regardless of the time! Generally most seats will leave at a reasonable hour, 6/6:30pm. The firm is a true meritocracy; put in the hard work and get the rewards. Good socialising between trainees in offices but inter-office not as many events as would like. Everyone is there to help each other, and the firm has a great track record of helping charities and living up to the values."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Regular office social events - we have a social committee that organises everything from comedy nights, to Friday drinks to meals. Firm-wide we have Friday Fridge on the last Friday of every month, where the firm provides some food and drink and invites everybody along, which is a great way to meet people from other teams that you don't work with on a daily basis. In terms of inter-office relations, the trainees regularly meet for trainee dinners, training seminars and an annual quiz. The firm does a lot to encourage integration between teams and offices."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Friendly, culture of work late when you need to but no 'clock watching' when the workload is a little lighter. Always get a "thank you" for staying late/working over the weekend to support a project."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Great team working firm, it is like a large family who support each other and get on well both inside and outside of work. There is always someone available to go for a drink on a Friday, whether that be trainees or at partner level."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
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