DWF Continues to Invest in Future Talent

09 Oct, 2012

Business law firm DWF has seen its graduate trainee programme increase in numbers by 44 per cent over the past four years and plans to increase the programme by a further 26 per cent by 2013.


In 2009 DWF took on 16 trainees, a figure that increased to 23 trainees in 2012 and will increase to 29 trainees in 2013.


Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner at DWF, explained: “These figures reflect our commitment to attracting, investing in and retaining the best talent in the industry, as well as our position as one of the top choices for aspiring lawyers.


“We have continued to achieve significant growth across the firm over the past year and this is demonstrated in the growth of our graduate trainee programme. We remain committed to investing in training and development, both of which are factors that enable us to attract the best individuals, and are proud to be a people focused business.


“We have invested a considerable amount of money in the development of our people over the past few years and we ensure that all of our newly qualified solicitors have every opportunity to flourish in their careers.


“Those trainees that accept a role at DWF will take up positions across all the practice groups in the business working with clients across a number of sectors.” 


The firm has experienced high retention rates in 2012 by achieving an 80 per cent offer and acceptance rate (16 out of 20 trainee solicitors were offered and accepted a newly-qualified (NQ) position).


DWF’s ongoing commitment to future talent follows on from positive annual results, which revealed that the firm had maintained its steady growth by posting a 21 per cent increase in net profit and a 24 per cent growth in revenues for the financial year ending 30 April 2012.


The firm has more than doubled in size since 2007 and now has over 1,800 people across 11 locations in England and Scotland.

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