Why your firm?

2018

"I was attracted by the firm's reputation for a friendly culture with good work/life balance. I also like the variety of practice areas the firm specialises in and sectors it works across."
Second year trainee, London
"The recent growth, ambition and strong regional presence."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm seemed to be on the up and was expanding into new markets, opening offices in new locations and had a unique approach to technology and innovation."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I spent two weeks on the vacation scheme placement back in 2014 and could not recommend it more. I think the first point of call when applying to any firm is to apply for the vacation scheme. Spending two weeks at the firm gives you a very informed view as to the daily life of a DWF employee. The trainees were very welcoming, the itinerary was full of great activities and the departments provided interesting work."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I had been a paralegal at DWF and liked the atmosphere and culture of the firm so decided to apply. The seats offered in Manchester are very varied so I knew I would get a very good range of work and experience on a training contract."
First year trainee, Manchester
"It is a very innovative law firm and up-and-coming in its area. I thought there would be a lot of potential to grow as the firm grows."
First year trainee, Manchester
"DWF has a strong presence across the UK without being completely London-centric. All of the offices are valued as a team that works together to provide the best for our clients. The atmosphere here is so welcoming and I felt it was the best place to develop into the best lawyer I could be."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm stood out as being innovative and forward-thinking and seemed as if it was going somewhere. When I came for my first interview, the people were so nice that it really solidified my decision to work here."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"The sales pitch by the DWF HR representative at a law fair convinced me to dig deeper. Reading about the firm's culture and its innovative uses of technology and products made me want to apply. I got the sense that the firm was always looking to find new ways to do things and improve. This was very attractive to me."
First year trainee, London
"It was a growing and interesting firm with expansion plans internationally."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I like the openly ambitious ethos of the firm and the alternative approach to being a top 20 law firm. It was clear from the outside that the firm was keen to approach the legal market differently to the competition and this struck a chord with me. It's an exciting place to work, as I expected it to be."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"It stands out from other firms in the market and strives to do things differently. It's also gone through an exciting period of expansion."
First year trainee, Leeds
"It seemed genuinely interesting and interested as a firm. It's a legal business, not just a law firm, and appreciates the value of offering more than legal advice to clients. This is something I valued and it also seemed like a firm with a clear strategy that was expanding. The clients were interesting and the people I met and spoke to all seemed genuinely intelligent and nice. I also liked the idea of doing six seats rather than four."
First year trainee, London
"I was enthusiastic about applying for a training contract at DWF following my vacation scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is quickly getting bigger and more dominant in the legal market while still having the qualities of a smaller firm (eg work/life balance and only taking on a few trainees at a time)."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow

2016

"The training system in place was, and is, attractive. The quality of the work and the reputation as a market leader in many practices."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Ambitious. Prospect of joining a firm that's moving forward and the career opportunities that this may bring in the future. Also its reputation for down-to-earth atmosphere and good work/life balance."
First year trainee, Leeds
"DWF's approach to people and ensuring they are looked after because they make the firm."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I had worked as a paralegal and liked the culture of the firm. I knew that I would get to work for big clients on high-value matters, but in the sort of environment that I would enjoy and be comfortable in."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Well regarded top 20 firm with small office environment in Edinburgh."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"The vacation scheme was excellent and the firm stood out significantly compared to other firms where I had attended vacation schemes and open days."
First year trainee, London
"It's structured as a meritocracy and is exceptionally ambitious. It's a firm that's going somewhere, and it's an exciting time to be a part of the journey."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"I was already working for DWF at the time I made my application and, having experienced the culture of the firm and seen the investment they make in their trainees, I knew that it was where I wanted to complete my training contract."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Reading feedback from current trainees. Knowing friends who worked at the firm and really enjoyed it. The full service that the firm offers and therefore the range of areas in which I could train."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"I liked the fact that they marketed themselves as doing things differently. Also, it was an exciting time for the firm with the recent mergers/acquisitions it had been involved in."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm is an award-winning legal business, and their ambitions for the future, opportunity for secondment and four-month seats all encouraged me to apply here."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"A level of training, reputation and ambition of the firm, and the firm's culture all encouraged me to apply here."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm's good commercial reputation in the region made them attractive to me."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"DWF is an ambitious, growing firm that had achieved impressive growth at a time of recession."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The attitude of interviewers, the nature of the firm's work, the views of existing trainee solicitors, and the opportunities for career progression were all attractive elements of the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"I was encouraged to apply here by the people, the career development opportunities and the way in which the firm was growing."
First year trainee, Liverpool

2014

"I chose DWF because of the opportunities it provides as a young growing firm and the supportive atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"I was a paralegal at DWF before applying which I thoroughly enjoyed. Other reasons for applying include: the firm's ambition; the values of the firm; the structure of the TC and the variety of seats offered and the calibre of clients and responsibility/client contact I knew I would be afforded."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I appreciated the strong vision and strategy that DWF had for future growth as well as the people that I met during the interview process. I came out of my first interview smiling having had a brilliant time."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I chose DWF because of the quality of the work and the training and development."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"DWF is rapidly growing despite the recession, it has a full service offering, fantastic values and has lots of great people to work with."
First year trainee, London
"DWF is friendly, the people don't take themselves too seriously."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I chose DWF because we have the same values. We are both ambitious and driven. It was perfect match. Also because of the people - it's a great place to work and I have a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, Liverpool

2013

"I had a great experience on the vacation scheme and felt it would be a welcoming and supportive place to train."
First year trainee, London
"I enjoyed the vacation scheme so much."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The people and the ambition."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Growing and ambitious. Following interviews and assessments the people really came across as enthusiastic and those you would want to work with."
Newly qualified solicitor, Manchester
"Acquisition. Similar firm to Cobbetts though - office culture good and reputation for outstanding training."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The culture and the values it promoted, as well as the training and development offered to trainees."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Down to earth, friendly, it's an ambitious firm that is growing quickly - it's an exciting time to be at DWF."
First year trainee, London
"The people - I was a paralegal at the firm before I was a trainee so I got to know the people and the processes very well and was impressed."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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