• International Law Firms
  • Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Leeds, Milton Keynes

Training Contract

  • Places: 40

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 35

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 2,800




Described by market commentators as ‘blazing a trail’, DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s top 50 most innovative law firms, for innovation in culture, strategy, technology and human resources, DWF's strategic aim is to make legal services a more powerful enabler of its clients' success.

There are now over 2,800 people in the DWF Group, based across the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Brussels, Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore and the Middle East.

Training Contract

Training Contract

At DWF, we use our values to help define and reinforce our culture and to enable us to recruit, retain and develop the highest quality people. This is reflected in our training contract, where our future trainees are made to feel part of the DWF team from the moment of offer. Once within the business, ourtrainees get a high level of responsibility in terms of legal work and exposure to business development and CSR. There are opportunities to learn from leading legal, technical and sector experts, and all our trainees are supported to go beyond their full potential with a range of training, practical day-to- day working and in-house learning and workshops. 

Vacation Scheme

Vacation Scheme

The award-winning vacation scheme is designed to give you a genuine in-depth experience of what it’s like to work at DWF.

During the two-week scheme, you will work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You’ll work on live legal matters, while also attending a variety of internal workshops and presentations to help you understand DWF as a legal business.

Join our vacation scheme and you’ll experience our entrepreneurial, innovative, yet supportive global legal business for yourself.



All apprentice roles are advertised through the DWF website and further details of the role and how to apply will be listed each summer.  

Salary & Benefits

Please refer to the graduate recruitment brochure and website for further information regarding rewards/benefits.


DWF are looking for people who are committed to a career in law, who enjoy working as part of a busy team and respond positively to a challenge. Their employees are driven to deliver consistent results for clients. They only recruit people of the highest calibre because that’s what their clients expect.

Their trainees, paralegals and apprentices share ambition and the ability to bring something new and valuable to their team.  Commercial acumen, good organisational skills and a fresh way of thinking about client needs are all hallmarks of a DWF team member. They also like to see candidates who have interests outside academia and appreciate the importance of work/life balance.

For training contracts

DWF look for a 2.1 Degree and an AAB or higher at A Level (or equivalent).

They welcome applications from penultimate year law students, all final year students (law & non law) and all graduates (from any degree discipline).  They only take on a small number of Trainee Solicitors each year. It’s a deliberate policy designed to make sure that each Trainee gets plenty of hands-on experience.

This means you are able to accept appropriate responsibility for legal matters at an early stage, instead of spending a Traineeship dealing only with routine support tasks.

For Paralegal roles

DWF welcome applications from both experienced fee earners and graduates.

Entry requirements vary depending on the practice area and the day-to-day responsibilities of the position. In some cases they simply require A Level finishers or graduates from any degree discipline looking to take their first steps towards paralegal work, but for some roles candidates will need to have completed the LPC.

For Apprentice Roles

To be considered for the role of Apprentice, you must be able to demonstrate some basic IT and keyboard skills with knowledge of Word, Excel and database programs coupled with good administration and organisational skills. With proven team working skills and excellent communication skills, you must have the ability to learn on the job and participate in learning and development at every opportunity.

These are ideal opportunities for candidates who have studied to A level or equivalent and are looking to start a fantastic new career.


Training Contracts

The online application form is accessible via the DWF website. They accept applications for the vacation scheme and for training contracts from October each year.

The selection process for a training contracts consists of first round interviews, an assessment centre and the opportunity to meet their Practice Group Partners.


They have ongoing opportunities for Paralegals.

The selection process will normally include a one-to-two stage interview process and sometimes a verbal reasoning test.

Visit the site for details of all current vacancies and how to apply.


DWF recruit on an annual basis for the apprenticeship scheme, with successful candidates joining the firm each September.

All apprentice roles are advertised through the DWF website  and further details of the role and how to apply will be listed each summer.  

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