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8.7 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Locations, facilities, and space are all good. Dress code is 'treat me like an adult' – essentially you are free to dress how you like (within reason). If you have a client meeting you are required to dress formally, but other than that people are free to dress down or wear formal attire, dependent on personal preference."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The offices are in great locations across the country. In Manchester, the office is located in Spinningfields in the heart of the city. The bistro for lunch is particularly good! DWF don't have a dress code. The firm 'treats us like adults'. I always keep a jacket on my chair and tend to dress fairly smartly Monday through Thursday, but the majority of people will be dressed down in jeans and t-shirts on Fridays. During the week it is completely normal to see people in the office from anything between a shirt/jumper/jeans combo to completely sports-wear."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Different in each location. Edinburgh is nice and modern with a good city location."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Outstanding offices at the top of the Walkie Talkie building."
First year trainee, London
"The dress code is quite unique in that you can, within reason, wear what you want to work. This is, of course, caveated by client meetings and interviews where you would be expected to be in business dress. However, if you've got a day in the office without any clients, then you can be as creative as you like."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The offices are in a good central location and are very smart. The dress code is quite relaxed unless you are attending court/client meetings etc."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"AAA rated office space."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Modern and excellently located offices in Manchester. Our dress code is officially 'treat me as an adult and I'll use my discretion', which essentially means it is down to the individual how they wish to dress (within some guidelines). In practice, most wear business dress with a more casual approach on a Friday (but there are some who wear jeans every day)."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The firm has lovely professional offices; particularly the client floor. Open-plan offices take some getting used to, but is very beneficial for approaching people and a more relaxed atmosphere. The dress code is 'treat me like an adult' so you can wear what you want, so long as it is appropriate for any meetings or client visits etc you may have."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I have been to most of the DWF offices and they are all based on the same model and design which makes it feel like 'home' wherever you end up. The dress code was recently relaxed so that you do not need to wear a suit unless you have client meetings or court visits to attend. Generally though the dress code you adopt depends on your team: if everyone is wearing a suit, you probably should too!"
First year trainee, Leeds
"The offices are modern, in city centres and with good facilities. The dress code is discretionary. If you don't have client meetings/court, you may dress casually if you so choose."
First year trainee, Manchester
"DWF offices vary depending on location. They are generally of an extremely high standard and in excellent locations. As an innovative and modern law firm, our dress code is to use our initiative."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Our office is fantastic with incredible views across all of London. Our clients love it and so do we."
First year trainee, London
"The dress code has changed to 'treat me like an adult and I'll use my discretion', which means you can come in as formal/casual as you like (within reason). This created a good atmosphere among staff. The office is centrally located and easily accessible."
First year trainee, Manchester

2014

"The offices I have been to are very nice, particularly the client areas. By comparison to other large firms our offices are a lot more modern and appealing. The dress code is smart, although you can show individuality."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"DWF offices are open-plan and this sometimes lends itself to slightly more noise. As the number of staff increases, space is at a premium and it can be difficult to book meeting rooms. However, the impending move to the Walkie Talkie will solve many of the issues. The dress code is business attire however there is a monthly dress down on the last Friday of each month."
First year trainee, London
"The office is very spacious and in a good location. The local facilities are very good and work well with the office and the events that are run. The dress code is relaxed, albeit focused on smart office-wear."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"All of DWF's offices are spacious, clean and innovative looking. All offices are consistent with one another so that when you are inside, you could be in any one of DWF's offices. Many of the offices are in prestigious buildings. Some of the offices are not consistent with the others. However, they are in the process of being refurbished in accordance with the others. The dress code is smart."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The offices are new and in fantastic locations. The dress code is not too strict and the firm have dress down days to raise money for charity once a month."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The Leeds office location in Bridgewater Place is impressive, being the tallest building in Yorkshire. The facilities are, on the whole, good. The dress code is formal but comfortable without being restrictive."
First year trainee, Leeds

2013

"The offices I have been to have good locations and are nicely outfitted. Lots have been recently refurbished. Open plan."
First year trainee, London
"Good location, nice office but workspaces are a little tight on space."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Some of the offices are a lot better than others in terms of facilities and space. The Manchester office is in a brilliant location and the office itself looks impressive and has its own bistro with food and drinks. Some of the smaller regional offices do not have the same facilities, space or look though, although they are in good locations."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Great location in the city centre, easy for people/clients to find, and easy access for employees The office space itself is modern and open-plan, which was a key feature for me when applying The facilities are acceptable and accommodating for long days in the office The dress code is smart, which encourages a business-minded approach to work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Prime location in Manchester, London and Liverpool. Good spaces, not cramped, areas to eat and relax. All facilities you could want realistically. Office dress is smart, dress down on the last Friday of the month."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"They are nice modern offices and open-plan, which means they are very sociable. We have a breakout area and the client suites are very nice. It would be amazing if we had a gym + on site canteen, maybe in the future! People tend to wear suits or dresses with a smart jacket except the last Friday of the month which is dress down for charity."
First year trainee, London
"Lovely offices, great facilities - a genuinely nice place to work. Dress code - smart business dress with a 'dress down day' on the last Friday of every month."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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