FAQs

Whether you’re looking to join us as an experienced lawyer, in business support, or as a trainee, chances are there are a few things you'd like to know. Here are some of the most common questions we're asked...

How do I apply?

Follow the Legal and Business Services icons from the homepage to the ‘current vacancies’ page on this site, then complete all the relevant details and attach your CV. The more information you provide, the easier it is to screen your CV and find a role that suits you. Also, it helps if you add your salary expectations to the ‘comments’ section. Although we try to respond to every applicant, it is not always possible if we receive large volumes of applications.


Where else do you advertise?

We often advertise our vacancies externally, as well as on this website. Whichever route you apply through, your application will go through the same process and get the same attention, so there is no need to apply more than once.


What does the ‘register your interest’ function mean?

If you are interested in assistant legal adviser or secretarial and administrative roles, you can register your CV with us even if there are no current vacancies listed. We can then get in touch with you about opportunities as they arise.


I have applied for a vacancy and not heard anything. Does this mean my application was unsuccessful?

We try to contact you straight away if we need more info from you, or to invite you to an interview. So if you have not heard from us within ten working days, you have not been selected this time, but we’ll keep your details on file and be in touch if other relevant opportunities come up.


Can I get feedback on my CV?

It depends on the number of applications we get, but wherever possible, we’ll offer feedback. We appreciate this can be helpful for future applications.


What if I’m not successful at interview – will I receive feedback then?

Yes. We will call you and provide feedback if you request it. Equally, please feel free to call us for an update.


How do I apply for a training contract or vacation scheme?

We put details of trainee and vacation schemes on this site every January, and this is the only channel you can apply through. To add supporting comments or updates to your application, please use the comments section on the application form.


What if none of the vacancies suit my skill set? 

As DWF continues to expand, our requirements can change very quickly. You can get in touch with our recruitment team for advice and information on upcoming opportunities – their contact details are on our careers homepage.


What is your recruitment procedure? 

We try to keep the recruitment process at DWF simple, but we need to ensure we find the right people and find you the role that best suits your personal and professional goals. For most roles, there are two interview stages, and for some positions there’s also a verbal reasoning test. Candidates for secretarial and support roles can expect a typing or general IT test.

For more senior roles that require specific qualifications, we normally ask for a short presentation. We give you the presentation topic at least 48 hours before your interview and explain the format required.

We give all candidates constructive feedback where appropriate.


What benefits do you offer? 

Benefits for each level of role are different, so we’ll let you know about benefits as part of the application process. Or you can ask a member of the recruitment team for more details on the role you’re applying for.


Do DWF use recruitment agencies? 

DWF has a list of preferred suppliers across the whole business. If you’re registered with one of our preferred agencies and then apply to us directly, please let them know. This helps avoid any duplication or confusion. If you would like more information on our preferred suppliers please contact a member of the recruitment team.


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