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7.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I feel the salary is very competitive for the region. There are no bonuses."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The new qualifier salary is very competitive."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Trainees aren't eligible for bonuses, but the wage is competitive and is at the market standard for trainees in a firm of this size in the regions. I don't feel like we are underpaid against our main competitors."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There's a very competitive trainee and new qualifier salary for Glasgow. We're on par with other large international commercial firms."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Pay is the same as the highest in Birmingham for a trainee."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The pay is good at the trainee level, but there are no bonuses and it could certainly be better at the new qualifier level. As ever, it's silly that trainees in Birmingham or Leeds are paid more than trainees in Edinburgh, for example. That does not reflect the cost of living at all."
Second year trainee, Glasgow

2018

"Our pay is lower than at other City firms but our hours are much better."
Second year trainee, London
"Bonuses are non-existent for trainees but pay rises in the second year."
First year trainee, London
"The salary is good, I think. We do quite well here in comparison to some people I know who get the Law Society minimum. I'm not aware of any bonus scheme for trainees."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"There's good pay overall and it makes living in the city centre (and all the socialising that comes with it) easy to do."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The pay is very good and equal to other firms of this size. We don't receive bonuses though."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think our pay is on par with all other firms in London and I don't have any problem with it. The new qualifier salaries could do with being reviewed however to bring them in line with some of our competitors, particularly with those firms who we were only recently trying to compete with."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"The trainee salary is above average for the area. There are no bonuses as a trainee but you do receive a pay rise in your second year."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Pay could be higher and more in line with market expectations."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Salaries for trainees and new qualifiers are at the top of the range for regional firms, so I'm satisfied."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There's no bonus for trainees and pay is at market level."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is similar to other firms of a similar size, but there are no bonuses at the trainee level."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Pay is good in London and generally competitive for a firm of this size. We also have access to some good benefits (ie medical, dental, subsidised gym membership etc). Trainees don't get bonuses but there is good transparency for those in more senior positions who do."
First year trainee, London
"Unfortunately trainees aren't paid bonuses and other firms pay higher salaries. However, I am satisfied overall with the salary I'm currently on."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow

2016

"Generally a competitive salary, which increases when going into second year."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Trainee pay is competitive. Given the benefits of the work/life balance I would imagine that the true 'value' of our salaries is actually more than at similar sized or larger firms, where much longer hours are expected."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Bonuses not available as a trainee. Pay is standard for a large regional firm."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The pay is good for a trainee and the newly qualified rate is also good."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Trainees do not receive bonuses. The pay is around the average pay for firms of a similar size in Manchester."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that bonus pay could be more transparent within the firm."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"No bonuses, performance-related pay increases, trainee salaries don't increase and are slightly less than market standard."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"One of the top two firms in terms of highest paid trainees in Scotland."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"It's at the top end for Manchester."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The rate of pay at the firm for a Scottish trainee is one of the best in Scotland, I believe."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I am in a regional office and DWF pays one of the highest regional salaries, and this increases when you become a second year trainee."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I think the firm are spot on with pay."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Although I don't think that trainees are entitled to bonuses, I think that we get paid well for trainees in a regional office."
First year trainee, Manchester
"DWFs pay is completely in line, if not higher, than the general legal market for the regions. You may work hard but this is one of the benefits."
Second year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"There is a clear pay rise going into year two and a sizeable jump on qualification. The bonus culture is limited (as it is in most law firms) but good performance is recognised."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm's pay is on par with other national firms with its headquarters outside London but lower than City firms."
First year trainee, London
"The pay at the firm is being reviewed at the moment, which is a good thing as it ensures that the pay is competitive. There have also been opportunities to discuss our thoughts on pay as a trainee with graduate recruitment which shows their commitment to appreciating our opinion."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"DWF offers an attractive salary. No bonus scheme whilst training."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"As a whole, trainee salaries are excellent. However, some offices e.g. Newcastle are paid less than the other regional offices."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The salary is relatively good, although I wish there was a better bonus structure for rewarding hard work on projects or initiatives. It's not so much the bonus provided, more the ability to have tangible evidence of colleagues thinking you've gone the extra mile."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The current salary is above average for the location. Trainees do not currently receive a bonus."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I would say our salary is in line with firms of a similar size in the area."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2013

"London trainee salary is towards the lower end of the market for larger commercial firms, though it is still good."
First year trainee, London
"The pay is average. It is perhaps a bit lower than other firms in the area but maybe this will change as we grow. There are no bonuses that I am aware of."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Bonuses do not appear likely. There are a range of payscales given the firm's many acquisitions - 'original' DWF trainees are paid fairly, but did not receive a grant for the LPC, so in broad terms this balances out."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The salary is okay but it does vary depending on the location you are in. At the moment, I don't think there are any bonus schemes in place for trainees."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Trainee pay is highly competitive, however there are no bonuses and people leave after a couple of years due to limit opportunity for pay rises/promotion."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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