DWF

The Legal Cheek View

As an upstart northern firm that has relatively recently taken grand office space in London's Walkie Talkie Building, DWF attracts its fair share of sniping. Certainly, some poor recent financial performances haven't helped the firm's cause – with last year's 16% drop in profit per equity partner providing plenty of fuel for the critics.

At the same time, it's impossible not to be impressed by DWF's ambition. Under its chief Andrew Leaitherland – who became the youngest managing partner of any major law firm when he took the helm in 2006 aged just 36 – the firm has been on an incredible journey which has seen it absorb a host of rival outfits and go from being a slightly obscure regional player to a national giant which everyone has heard of.

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 81%
Offices 13
Countries 2
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
B
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
A
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
C

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:39am
Average leave time 6:37pm
Annual target hours 1,300
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £36,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £59,000
Profit per equity partner £325,000
GDL grant No grant
LPC grant Fees only

The above figures are for London. First/second year trainees in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham receive £26,000/£28,000, while those in Newcastle get £24,000/£27,000 and in Scotland £22,000/£25,000. Newly qualified solicitors in the regions get £38,000; those in Scotland receive £36,000.

Diversity

UK female associates 53%
UK female partners 23%
UK BME associates 4%
UK BME partners 3%

Universities Current Trainees Attended