DWF Group Plc DWF Group Plc

  • International Law Firms
  • Liverpool, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester

Training Contract

  • Places: 35

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 30

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 4,300




We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients. Led by managing partner and CEO Sir Nigel Knowles, we have 31 key locations and over 4,000 people delivering services and solutions that go beyond expectations. We became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. We have received recognition for our work by the Financial Times who named us as one of Europe's most innovative legal advisers, and we have a range of stand-alone consultative services, technology and products in addition to the traditional legal offering.

We connect on a global scale, sharing our knowledge and technical expertise to identify and anticipate challenges. We are finding new solutions for clients within eight core sectors, including energy and industrials, financial services, insurance, public sector, real estate, retail, food and hospitality, technology and transport.

Training Contract

At DWF, we use our values to help define and reinforce our culture, enabling 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 initial offer. Once within the business, our trainees get a high level of responsibility in terms of legal work, exposure to business development and CSR. Many of our trainees have the opportunity to undertake a client secondment. 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. Apply by 25 June 2021 to be considered for a training contract commencing in 2023.

Vacation Scheme

The DWF vacation scheme takes place in June, dates of which depend on location. If you are in your penultimate or final year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or a graduate of any degree discipline then you are eligible to apply. Applications will be open from September until January, and you must make an online application via our application portal, Apply4Law. The business recruits the majority of its trainees through the vacation scheme, so it's a good opportunity to get ahead and see why DWF is the right business for you. The two-week vacation scheme gives you the chance to work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You'll work on live legal matters and will be given responsibility right from the start. This is combined with a variety of internal workshops and presentations, helping you understand DWF as a business. You'll also complete a group project that's designed to aid your professional development and provide you with some of the essential skills of a successful commercial lawyer. As well as gaining fantastic experience, you'll also be paid reasonably for your time on the vacation scheme. Apply by 22 January 2021 to be considered for a vacation scheme commencing in summer 2021.


All apprentice roles are advertised through the DWF website.

Salary & Benefits

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


We require bright, flexible and open-minded individuals, who are excited to have exposure to practice areas in both commercial services and insurance services. In terms of academics, we have adopted a contextual assessment and look for good A-levels/Scottish Highers (or equivalent qualifications), and a 2.1 at undergraduate degree level in any discipline (either expected or obtained). 


We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS), which allows us to consider your academic achievements in the context in which you gained them. We understand that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper and we want to recruit the best people, from all backgrounds.


Vacation Scheme/Training Contracts

The online application form is accessible via the DWF website. We accept applications for the vacation scheme and for training contracts from September each year. Please visit https://dwfgroup.com/en/careers/graduate-recruitment for more information.

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