All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by DWF LLP employees based on 99 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.3/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.5/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.9/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
3.9/5
 
Career Progression:
3.3/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

In order to be outstanding, you must always be different and DWF knows that better than most. We were named ‘Legal Innovator of the Year’ at the 2015 Legal Business Awards in recognition of our innovative approach to operational management, client service delivery and people engagement.

After an impressive number of mergers and acquisitions, DWF is one of the UK’s top 20 law firms and employs nearly 2,500 people, including 270 partners and 1200 fee earners. The firm has offices across the UK and has recently expanded internationally.


Number of Graduate Positions this year
c.50

Total number of company employees
2500

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Locations
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle

Contact Details 0161 6035000
Emma.Hardman@dwf.law
www.dwf.co.uk/join-us/graduate

Contact: Emma Hardman

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Deadline Date: 15/01/2019
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DWF LLP

Average start time: 8:30

Average end time: 18:00

Average number of working hours: 9.5

Based on 99 reviews


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Application Advice:

Think about the career pathway.

Solicitor, Insurance/Commercial at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, the firm sees hundreds of applications and so in order for yours to stand out your personality has to shine through. Also, research the firm, we are big on sectors and values so focus on those and DWF Foundation charity in application.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have a good general commercial awareness knowledge. You will be asked a few commercial competency questions like name a business that has experience difficulty and tell me why and how you could fix it. Again, try and use personal experience to answer questions rather than giving generic answers anyone could have. Above all though make sure you have a good understanding of the firm and can explain why you want to work specifically at this firm.

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be commercially aware and try and show an understanding for the sectors we focus on and the type of work we do.

Interview Advice:

Try and get your personality across and show a genuine enthusiasm to develop your skills with the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Professional Indemnity at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research.

Interview Advice:

Prepare properly and know your application.

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be confident and personable. The firm looks more for personality fit and life experience than academic achievements only.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you show you understand the firm and have enthusiasm for what they do/what makes them different.

Interview Advice:

Be personable! Have a joke with the interviewers (where appropriate) and show your enthusiasm for the firm and that you want to work there. Don't be wooden!

Trainee Solicitor (second year), Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand out sector model as this is vital to successfully passing at interview stage.

Interview Advice:

If you were given £1m what would you invest it in?

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm strategy and values.

Trainee, Specialist Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and demonstrate that you have done this in your application. Try to make your application stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice:

I was asked questions such as:

What business would you start tomorrow and how would you obtain the relevant funding?

How would you spend £1m?

What is the biggest challenge to the legal sector at the moment?

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm, read the annual review and demonstrate commerciality.

Interview Advice:

Be engaging and enthusiastic, know your stuff, be confident.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Services at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand the cultures and values of the firm. They are integral to the business and drive the way we work. Know the firm's strategy for the short, medium and long term.

Interview Advice:

Why DWF?
What makes you different?
Tell us about our sector approach?

Trainee Solicitor, London at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

The key point is that they want to know why you want to work for DWF, not just why you want to be a Solicitor.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Prepare well, try and make yourself stand out, don't say anything negative - focus on the positives, attention to detail.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be prepared, be confident, be an individual.

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Application Advice:

Demonstrate why you are applying for this particular firm.

Interview Advice:

Why DWF? Commercial awareness type questions. Presentation.

Trainee, Trainee at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Thoroughly research the firm on their website, law fairs, chambers student etc, try and attend open days and the vacation scheme.

Interview Advice:

Very commercial awareness based.

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Application Advice:

Don't just copy and paste your application that you have used for other firms. Research the firm and decide what you like about it and why you want to work here. Use your research to tailor the application specifically to DWF.

Think about what you can include in your application that will make you stand out. Any unusual hobbies or experiences are useful.

Interview Advice:

The interviews at DWF are very relaxed. Make sure you know your application and just be yourself.

DWF do have a video interview after you have submitted your application. If you get through to this stage stay calm. Make sure you look presentable and there is nothing distracting in the background. I would recommend having some notes to one side in case you lose your train of thought.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Show commercial awareness and an in depth knowledge of the company and its values.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research, research and research - graduate recruitment can tell when a candidate has done there research and can succinctly answer the questions in the context of DWF's business currently and its future plan.

Grammar and punctuation - no typos or spelling mistakes, if you have them they will be found and create a bad first impression.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for the usual commercial questions and DWF specific questions - what's happening in the legal market, what is DWF doing differently.

Make 3/4 points and explain them, do no try to answer everything because there will not be time in the interview to do so. Just get the important points across.

Show enthusiasm and ask a sensible question at the end if there is time.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about the answers that you give and allow them to express your personality - I don't think the firm like the stereotypical law graduate blurb.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - the firm tend to employ a certain type of person that is going to get along with colleagues, trying to be what the firm want will see you come unstuck.

I found that getting on with the interviewers and perhaps not giving the stock, stereotypical, answers to questions worked well at interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Various at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate how you are suited to the role and how you would fit in the firm.

Interview Advice:

Read and understand the firm's Annual Review and do your research on the firm's strategy. DWF is an ambitious firm and expects its staff to know that and reflect that attitude.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee – N/A at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you know DWF inside out, the strategy, the sectors, the clients, the annual statement is a good place to start. Applications need to be tailored to DWF and show that the applicant is passionate about the firm. Ensure that you include facts and figures or info on recent work/events.

Work experience – as much as you can get doesn’t have to be in a big firm, a couple of days in a high street firm is also helpful or in a non-legal commercial environment. I think the best advice is that nothing is too small to put down, even if they have been working part time in a shop whilst they are at uni, those skills are all transferable.

Interview Advice:

1. about DWF sectors and cross selling
2. what super hero I would be and why
3. examples of working as part of a team
4. what aspect in the media recently caught your attention that would be pertinent to law.

Trainee Solicitor, Police and Prison Team at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Apply if you really like people. Don't be stuck up. Don't be arrogant. Be honest. Enthusiasm goes a long way. Think about our sectors, values and what makes a law firm a business.

Interview Advice:

Have a conversation. Partners here, unlike many other firms, like a good chat and don't take themselves so seriously.

Trainee Solicitor, Various – 6 seat rotation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research and really try and understand what the firm's ethos is, and how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Our firm wide values are important to us and really shape how we approach business problems.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Disrupt to progress.
Read up on the firm - embrace the firm's values.
Be commercially aware.

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

DWF are quite alternate to most law firms in terms of their approach to IT, innovation and delivering services. Research the firm - note the sectors, products and awards won. If you can differentiate why DWF is different from other firms this will go along way.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be honest. The talent staff are all approachable and fun people. Have the standard STAR answers prepared to the 'usual' competency questions. Use the interview as a chance to show what you know about the firm, how their approach impresses you and how it fits with your personal views about delivering legal services differently.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself and know the firm's business plan and values.

Interview Advice:

Have a comprehensive understanding of the firm's business plan and values. Understand what makes DWF different in the legal market place.

Trainee Solicitor, Scotland at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand what is important to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. This is a firm that values individuality and personality.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation – Regulatory at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to research clients.

Interview Advice:

Be knowledgeable about local Real Estate developments/ funding.

Trainee, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

The legal market is constantly changing; make sure you keep up to date of developments, be aware of the practice areas / sectors we work in and also think commercially, not just as a lawyer. Client's don't just want lawyers anymore.

Interview Advice:

Be on top of developments in the legal market and be familiar with the firms strategy / values.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be honest. Don't try and answer questions in a way that you think DWF want them answered, but rather answer them. honestly.

Interview Advice:

I was asked what investment I would make with £1,000,000 - it was a great opportunity to be creative with my answer.

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Apply for firms that share the same interests as you. Much of DWF's business can be categorised under corporate and insurance services. Are these services that you are interested in? A lot of city firms have a culture in which you have to stay very late until the work is completed. At DWF there will undoubtedly be evenings where you have to stay late, but the extent to which that happens is much less often than your average city firm. What firm is more suitable for you and most importantly will you still enjoy your job if you ended up working for another city firm where you never finished work in the daylight?

Interview Advice:

Interviews for trainees have changed since I applied. I understand video interviews are now used during the application process, whereas I had a face-to-face interview. Therefore, rule number one must be; make sure you have a reliable internet connection! Wired/cable connections are generally more reliable than wireless connections and private locations are generally more reliable than public locations. Obviously, the circumstances are different for everyone. Treat it exactly the same way as if you had a face-to-face interview in terms of preparation, research and your appearance. Is there anything distracting in the room you're sitting in or are you sitting in front of a wall with a plane background with minimal distractions?

Trainee Solicitor, Professional Indemnity at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate through your application that you understand what makes DWF stand out from the crowd and how they 'do things differently' and how important it is for the firms profile in the market place.

Interview Advice:

Know the DWF 'values' and be able to include them within your answers etc.

The process has quite a few interview stages:
1) Video Interview - Recorded video answering interview questions.

2) An Initial Interview with HR and Senior Solicitor/Partner - Opportunity to stand out and answer questions such as why law? why dwf? etc. and be prepared to answer more detailed thought provoking questions such as if you had £1m what would you invest in?

3) Assessment Centre - A intense stage of the interview process where it lasts half a day and you have to cover: Group discussion, Presentation for Partners on a topic selected on the day of the assessment and individual interview with HR and two partners of your selected office. Again the questions will be general along with some questions on the current economic climate and any interesting news stories in the last week or so. Be prepared and make sure your commercial awareness is up to date.

4) PGP Friday - A trip down to Manchester to meet the Practice Group Partners (PGP) of the firm and a chance to interview them!

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Know our got-to-market approach inside out. Be confident and interesting.

Interview Advice:

Research, research, research - the people who will interview you know the business inside out, they expect the same of you!

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself
read the questions carefully and answer the question asked, not what you wished the question had been

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

To develop an awareness of the business needs of both law firms and their clients.

Interview Advice:

Have an understanding of the firm's competitors and an appreciation of recent firm developments.

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Need good academics and stand out with something quirky.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and willing to get involved.
Be entrepreneurial

Trainee, Commercial at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be outgoing and confident - know the values!

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Spend time reading the questions, be yourself on the video questions and don't get too nervous.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic, read up on the firm and their clients.

Trainee Soliciitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Read up on the firm, understand what the whole sector-led approach is.

Trainee Solicitor, Various at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself; the firm really respects individuals and does not want to employ people who aren't interested in things outside of work. It is a really social firm and there are lots of opportunities to take part in events and join clubs. Be prepared to work hard, but have a really positive attitude as the opportunities within the firm are great.

Interview Advice:

I was asked why DWF? What drives me? What commercial things will effect the Law in the future and how would you recommend the firm adapt?

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm inside out- know what their ambitions are, what their achievements are and what they expect of someone in your position.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have a real business awareness and can talk about recent developments

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Show ambition as the firm is ambitious and wants to expand.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Find out as much about the firm as you can.

Interview Advice:

N/A

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and try and enjoy the interview. Don't be what you think they want you to be. DWF are looking for individuals with a personality. They want to be different and don't want robots.

Interview Advice:

Again, be yourself.

Obviously prepare for the interview and learn about the role and what it entails. Try and do a bit of background information on the people interviewing you and find about what work the firm is doing.

Most importantly, I would say relax and enjoy it as much as you can. They won't try to trick you or give you too awkward a question. They want to see you do well and the interview process reflects that.

Trainee Solicitor, Insured Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Show yourself to be personable, confident and ambitious - this is a reflection of how the firm sees itself.

Interview Advice:

Have a knowledge of current events being discussed in the news, especially those that may have a legal/commercial bias.
Be ready to sell yourself and make yourself stand out and be interesting.

Trainee, Trainee at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know who the firm's main clients are and how the firm adopts a sector-led approach. It is worth being knowledgeable about the firm's mergers and takeovers in addition to having an eye on current strategy which appears to be domestic consolidation and international expansion.

Interview Advice:

I was asked why I wanted to work in Manchester and not London having worked and studied there previously. Make sure you are committed to the North West legal scene, DWF doesn't need applicants choosing them as a fallback option, there are plenty of people for whom it is the first and preferred choice over London.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Focus on client delivery and consider how your technical skills can apply to various legal sectors outwith your preferred sector.

Interview Advice:

If applying to a Scottish office, mention a desire to work in Real Estate.

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

You will be almost certainly be asked to talk about something that isn't about law. I would recommend reading the FT for at least a month beforehand.

Interview Advice:

Some of the questions leave you the option of giving a generic answer. Try to show some insight.

Trainee, Planning at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

1. Do your research on the firm.
2. Try and get through the doors and talk to people from DWF - attend the open days.
3. Keep up to date with articles about DWF in local newspapers.

Interview Advice:

The interviews get more commercial as you go through the process.

Know your CV and some competency examples off by heart. Use a breadth of examples from law to university to extra-curricular.

Be presentable and turn up on time!

Keep your answers structured - don't ramble.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Less is more - use a targeted approach when making applications, if you research the role and firm thoroughly and spend time ensuring the application is the best it can be then you stand a better chance of success.

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions and commercial questions.

Ensure you have a few examples in mind of how you can demonstrate that you have the required skills.

Be yourself, let your enthusiasm for the role and the firm shine through.

Trainee Solicitor, Training Contract at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Whilst most firms say they are down to earth, everyone I've met at DWF is very friendly, down to earth normal people. Whilst they want to see a passion for the firm, they want to see you as a person more.

Interview Advice:

Again, be yourself. They aren't trying to trick you and they want to see the real you. I think it also serves to go in with a bit of a sense of humor (not too much).

Generally the questions of competency based, with a few commercial questions thrown in. They do tend to throw in a random question i.e. who would you invite to dinner from time to time.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the values
Research the firm
Understand where it has come from and where it is going

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for a curve ball:- if you could go back in time to any period of history to which would you go and why?

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Application Advice:

Be yourself and don't make anything up, you will be caught out. If you are pretending to be someone you are not, you might be hired into a firm where the people are not like you. You will get a training contract in the place that fits your personality and where you will enjoy being.
Also, research who is going to networking events or law fairs before you go and make a list of questions specific to that firm. It will make you stand out and may mean your name is recommended to the recruitment team. If you get on well with someone you meet, ask for their business card and email a few days later, but don't just ask everyone and walk away, ensure you invest time in talking to them and getting to know what type of people the firm hires.

Interview Advice:

Research
Know about the culture and values of the firm
understand the structure and what key clients they have.
read the financial times everyday until you get a training contract.
Be yourself
get a professional suit and wear a shirt. Don't think by wearing something stand out it will get you remembered, it might work but for all the wrong reasons. You want to be known as the person who does or says something interesting, not wears it.

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Application Advice:

Do your research

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- show an interest in networking
- be confident
- be ambitious
- speak about things from a commercial perspective i.e. looking at costs, budgets

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be commercially aware

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions i.e. team scenarios/leadership examples

Traine Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Get a varied CV. I work with a wide variety of people, many of whom did not go straight into a career in law.

Interview Advice:

Questions are not all about law. Be prepared for questions on the wider social and economic issues (I was asked about the Eurozone crisis).

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand our values

Interview Advice:

Be prepared

Trainee Solicitor, Family at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Read a lot about the company and its growth/ mergers.

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Make yourself stand out from the crowd. The firm gets 1000's of applications for only a handful of job, need to differentiate yourself from the rest.

Interview Advice:

Be confident from the outset and know the firm. Try and talk to current staff/ trainees to get a true idea of the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Focus on why you want to work for DWF specifically, not just why you want to be a solicitor.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm, understand what kind of work they do, and what you can bring to that work.

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Application Advice:

Be 100% honest on your application, Try and tailor it specifically to the firm and address any areas of weakness early on.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. It is a long recruitment process and you cannot pretend to be something you are not for the whole process. If you are enthusiastic about law and the firm and you are friendly and personable you will succeed.

Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Speak to people already at the firm/in HR before applying to make sure you are on the right track.

Trainee, Corporate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the firm and make sure your tailor your application to the firm you are applying to. Take into account the firm's values.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly; understand the strategy and goals.
Assess if you share the culture and values as they are important when working here, and if they do not fit with you when you apply, they will not fit when you work here.
Be aware of business, political and economic issues and how these impact law firms and their clients.

Interview Advice:

Try to ensure you are speaking in your own voice and not trying to sound like someone else, that will make you more nervous. Be yourself, be friendly, confident and answer the questions actually asked, not the ones you have prepared and want to answer.

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Application Advice:

Include any information that makes your application standout, any interesting facts etc.

Interview Advice:

Relax.

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Application Advice:

Know the firm. Know the firm inside out and make sure that, as far as possible ahead of arriving at the initial interview, you have a clear understanding of why you have applied to the firm and why it appeals to you. Make sure that you have a good grasp on the growth that the firm has undertaken (including the financial results from the past few years and increase in people numbers etc) as well as its approach to sectors and its values.

Interview Advice:

It may sound basic but be yourself! Everyone I encountered as part of the application process (initial interview, assessment centre and Practice Group Partner Friday) was genuinely interested in me as an individual (resulting in me confessing to a love of Doctor Who and having a bonsai tree at home called Bertie).
If you prepare well and know the firm and your reasons for applying, your personality is what will get you through. Don't be afraid to be you.

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Show that you are ambitious, proactive, hard working and attend to details.

DWF really live by their values, so ensure that these are in line with your own

Interview Advice:

Again, show that your values are in line with the company's

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to put something on your application that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you are aware of current news and business stories, as these are likely to come up/be useful in the interview.

Trainee solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Check your application-excellent spelling and grammar is a cornerstone of a solicitor's skills, do not send any application which contains spelling or grammatical errors.
Focus on what sets you apart-lawyers are expected to have good time management, attention to detail etc and all other applicants will likely have these skills too, so focus on an element of your experience which will help you to stand out.
Do research-be aware of what sets DWF apart and be able to express why this attracts you.

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly-there will always be some questions that you cannot foresee, but make sure you can answer the obvious questions (such as why law/why this firm) well, as this will help you build confidence during the interview, which will be invaluable when answering more difficult questions. Equally, knowing the firm inside out will not only mean that you can answer questions on what attracts you, but also means that you can have questions to ask the interviewers, which helps demonstrate interest.
Relax-most people suffer from nerves before and or during the interview, what matters is how you deal with these.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Prepare thoroughly

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to work for DWF?

Trainee, Commecial Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Have a good understanding about business structures and possible client businesses.

Trainee, CIP at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

It sounds obvious but commercial awareness is always going to be the most important thing to hone up on.

Interview Advice:

Try to get as much work experience as you can. The more commercial you are, the better your chances of succeeding.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Take care not to make any silly mistakes, a good quality application will take time to prepare. Make sure you have a break before proof reading it, this way you will read what you've actually written rather than what you intended to write.

It's also very important to know about the firm and tailor your replies, don't provide generic answers which you put in all your other applications to other firms. All the information is out there so do your research!

Interview Advice:

Be confident and do yourself justice. DWF hires a very diverse intake of trainees, so let your personality shine and be yourself rather than pretending to be someone you think DWF are looking for.

Trainee, Trainee at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, embrace the values of the firm - be honest

Interview Advice:

be honest and yourself

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

- Show you are ambitious
- Show you take an interest in the legal markets

Interview Advice:

-Be confident and try and speak in a way that is persuasive, but not arrogant
- Research the way he firm has grown, appreciate the direction it is heading in
- Use experiences such as part time jobs to demonstrate that you understand the infrastructure

Trainee Solicitor, Recoveries at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Check, check and re-check! Make sure that there are absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors when you submit your application - its sure fire way to get your application headed straight for the bin. Also, you will be grilled on your application at interview, so make sure everything you say is accurate and you know the content inside and out.

Interview Advice:

Show a little personality! Obviously you need to show that you know the firm and the industry and to show case your commerical awareness but it's important to show that you have personaility and ambition as this is what DWF are looking for in their partners of the future!

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Attention to detail, competition is very tough so the smallest error could make all the difference.

Interview Advice:

Be fully prepare for the usual commercial aware, business focused style questions, as well as scenario type problem solving questions. But also don't be surprised if someone asks your favourite brand of biscuit.

Trainee, Trainee at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Carry out thorough research on the firm beforehand. This will help inform your answers and show that you have taken time with your application.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and let your personality shine through. The firm places a lot of weight on the 'fit' of the person as well as academic grades and relevant experience.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm.

Interview Advice:

Know about recent awards and developments.

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Application Advice:

Show that you understand what DWF as a firm do on a day-to-day basis (major sectors etc). Be commercially aware.

Interview Advice:

Know DWF and their values.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself. DWF appreciates individuality and personable characteristics. The firm places great importance on its values so make sure you are familiar with these too.

Interview Advice:

Again, be yourself. The most random question that I've heard at interviews is: 'If you were a song, what song would you be?'.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

If at first you don't succeed, try again

Interview Advice:

Learn what commercial awareness means. Think of examples how a story currently in the news could apply to a client. In general just be yourself!

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation/Regulatory at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Glean as much information as you can about what it is really like to work at DWF from their website, Open Days, university law fairs, etc. Tailor your application to demonsrate your interest and knowledge about the firm.

Interview Advice:

Do as much research as you can about the firm as possible. Think carefully about your unique selling points and how you can add value to the firm. Keep up to date with current issues. And just be yourself!

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the role thoroughly.

Interview Advice:

Reasearch 'the Values'.

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Application Advice:

Before even starting the application:

1. Research the firm. It sounds really obvious but you can spot a faker a mile away! Start with the DWF website. Learn about the firm: how many offices do we have? How many partners? What practice areas do we cover? What is the firms history (merges, lateral hires etc). Once you are fully clear on the basics, write down key points that stand out to you (key tip-the values and sectors). DWF is value driven so you need to know the values like the back of your hand. Once you have the values and the 'basics' you need to be able to answer the following:

(a). Why DWF (values, sector approach, plus any other reasons you may have)
(b). Why do you fit in with DWF? (You need to be able to demonstrate that you fit in with the values. i.e. community - you volunteer at St Catherine's Hospice, DWF also support that by doing.....)

2. Why DWF over its competitors? This is crucial. Knowing your competition applies to all businesses so you must be able to answer this question. Start by listing the key firms you wish to apply for/key firms that are competitors of DWF (firms of a similar nature). I would then list the key differences. If they all ‘look the same’ then you need to go back to the drawing board. Each firm is different (the way they work, the people, the clients, the awards they’ve won, their speciality). Once you have done this you should be able to see where DWF stands compared to its competitors (TIP-DWF’s rapid growth and success- we did not stand still in the economic downturn, in fact, DWF thrived.)

Once you are fully clued up on DWF and can recite the firm's values, have clear examples of the same and how you fit in with the values, know all about the history (recent mergers and the impact it has had on the firm) and you have a good idea of the firm’s vision then I would suggest only then start the application. You will be able to answer the questions with honestly and the answers should come to you more freely.

Interview Advice:

Generally there will be 1 member from HR and one Partner.

From HR, I was asked:

1. Tell me about yourself (elaborate on your Application). You therefore need to make sure you know your Application inside out. Your Application obviously impressed them so you need to freely expand on it.
2. Tell me about your GCSE and A-Levels – you need to explain your choices and explain what you liked and didn’t like
3. Tell me about your work experiences – again you just need to tell them about you. They want to get a feel for you and your history- now is not the time to be shy!

From the Partner I was asked:

1. What sector do you think DWF should focus on in the future that we are not currently focusing on?
2. Tell me about a recent commercial issue – how will or has this impacted DWF?
3. What area of law interests you?
4. What do you think of CSR? Is it important?
5. What’s the most important value to DWF and why?

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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly as it will really show in your application. Try and understand the drive of the firm and its ambition. This will help you to demonstrate that you know a lot about the firm and will also hopefully help you to decide whether this is the firm you want to work for.

Interview Advice:

DWF is a relatively young, fast moving and progressive firm. DWF is looking to recruit individuals who will be able to represent these values in front of cilents and the market. It is very important that the interviewee fits in with the culture of the firm and shows individuality.

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Application Advice:

Try to get as much work experience as you can in the legal sector - it will not only boost your CV but help you to give more informed answers about why you want to work in the legal solicitor, why you want to be a solicitor rather than a barrister, and why you want to work in a particular type of firm e.g. national commercial. Candidates applying for legal training contracts will also be expected by most firms to have a minimum of AAB at A level and a 2.1 degree.

Interview Advice:

The obvious questions - Why law? Why do you want to be a solicitor rather than a barrister? Why this firm? Your answers to those questions will be personal to your own experience.

You will also usually be asked situation questions e.g. name a time when you have shown leadership/worked well in a team/balanced different priorities. For those questions, recruiters are usually looking for you to provide a specific example and describe your role, the outcome, and what you achieved/learnt.

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Application Advice:

Make sure you fully understand the sector lead approach and how this differs from other law firms. Really do your research and make sure you proof read your application. Check and double check for silly mistakes.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself from the start. They can see right through any false claims They genuinely want to get to know you.

Questions include our values and culture and our sectors and practice group.

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm as much as possible ahead of completing the online application. You can then tailor your answers to the questions asked and ensure that they make reference to the firm's current position and future strategy. In relation to questions about you, make sure that you sell yourself.

Interview Advice:

Try to have fun. In comparison to interviews with other firms, the people that interviewed me were relaxed and fun. By the time I walked out I felt like I had just had a chat with new friends as opposed to a grilling. The firm wants to attract people with personality.

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Application Advice:

Ensure that the firm is right for you before applying and make sure that you do detailed research and prepare fully before the interview!

Interview Advice:

The typical questions which are asked by graduate recruitment, for example why do you want to work at DWF LLP. There were also some more obscure questions. Ensure that you know the legal landscape and marketplace and have good commercial awareness.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Try and get an insight to what life as a trainee at DWF is like by attending the open days and law fairs and speaking to as many people as you can. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Make sure you do your research and tailor your application to DWF. Make sure you check over your application and get someone else to read it and check it for you so that you don't have any mistakes. Try and stand our and get your personality across in your application so that you offer something different.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you do lots of research and preparation about the firm. Make sure you know what makes DWF stand out in comparison to other law firms. Try and find out who is interviewing you and find out a bit about them before you attend the interview. Understand that DWF is a business at the end of the day. Look presentable. I would recommend wearing simple dark office wear as you want to be remembered for what you say not what you were wearing.

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Application Advice:

Read up about the firm you are applying to and tailor responses to questions to the specific firm, don't have a stock of answers which you copy and paste into each application.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research - know why you're applying here, know what the firm does and how it differs from its competitors, read the business and legal press and be prepared to explain how current issues in either might affect/interest the firm.

Interview Advice:

Have a favourite karaoke song to hand.

Prepare to be tested at a number of skills at assessment centres.

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Application Advice:

Ensure it's what you really want to do as it is hard work.
Get as much work experience as possible. Make sure you get commercial/general business work experience as it is as valuable as legal experience.
Work hard to achieve top grades.
Try to understand how law firms work as businesses and challenges they face in the future.

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to be a lawyer?
Why this firm?
What do you think is different about DWF?
What challenges do law firms face and how can we try to rise above such challenges?
What do you think are the key areas of law we should be focusing on in the next few years?

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/Commercial at DWF LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you read through your application and ensure it is specific to the firm. Do not copy and paste. Make sure your enthusiasm shines through!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be honest.

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP
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