DWF

From humble beginnings……..

We started life as a four-office practice based in the North West. Now based in 21 locations across England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium (Brussels), Germany, France and Dubai, we have over 2,400 talented people working with us. We solve old problems with new thinking, combining the best legal knowledge, a wealth of industry expertise and being the type of people clients want to work with.

We are one of Europe’s most innovative Law firms as voted by the Financial Times.

We have won numerous awards, including being independently ranked as 1 of the top employers for working families, as well as being in the top 2 law firms for employee satisfaction. We are growing and are looking for top talent to come on board and be part of our success.

DWF Manchester, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Commercial Insurance Solicitor       The Commercial Insurance team at DWF provide high quality commercial advice on a wide range of matters including policy interpretation, FOS matters, property damage (subrogated recoveries and defending), non-injury counter fraud, product liability and professional indemnity. We are seeking applications from candidates with experience of working within a commercial insurance team and handling a variety of matters. Person Specification Applicants will have gained between 1-3 years post qualification experience, and ideally have a background in commercial insurance though we will also consider experience of similar or less varied work types. NQ Solicitors will also be considered. We are seeking candidates with a strong academic performance including a 2:1 at degree level. The ability to work well within the wider insurance team, to self-motivate and to provide guidance and support to junior team members when required. Excellent communication and organisation skills. Main function of job : To demonstrate technical and commercial expertise and to manage performance and deliver results within required time frames in order to provide the highest service level to our insurer clients. Relationships : Responsible to:  Associate Liaison with : Partners, fee earners and all levels of employee at DWF within legal and support team, and clients. Main Duties: Achieve time recording targets split between chargeable and investment time in any one financial year. Achieve individual financial targets in line with sales plan. Understand client requirements and manage cases in line with service level agreements and best practice. Analyse risk and further develop sound judgement enabling the justification of decisions to clients internally and externally. Prioritise work effectively and to maximise efficiency in working practices. Understand individual role in the context of the practice group and pro-actively seek to contribute to increased efficiency in developing a case load appropriate to level of technical, legal knowledge. Supervise a team of junior fee earners, including monitoring holidays, sickness absence and performance. Build working relationships internally and externally in order to develop business networks and create a solid understanding of the Firm’s direction and client needs. Develop increased levels of technical and commercial knowledge via training or supervised working practices. The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview.  We are committed to an  ongoing programme  of improvements to provide access to all.
DWF Manchester, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Commercial Insurance Associate/Senior Associate - Manchester   The Commercial Insurance team at DWF provide high quality commercial advice on a wide range of matters including policy interpretation, FOS matters, property damage (subrogated recoveries and defending), non-injury counter fraud, product liability and professional indemnity. We are seeking applications from candidates with experience of working within a commercial insurance team and handling a variety of matters. Person Specification Applicants will have gained between 1-3 years post qualification experience, and ideally have a background in commercial insurance though we will also consider experience of similar or less varied work types. NQ Solicitors will also be considered. We are seeking candidates with a strong academic performance including a 2:1 at degree level. The ability to work well within the wider insurance team, to self-motivate and to provide guidance and support to junior team members when required. Excellent communication and organisation skills. Main function of job : To demonstrate technical and commercial expertise and to manage performance and deliver results within required time frames in order to provide the highest service level to our insurer clients. Relationships : Responsible to:  Associate Liaison with : Partners, fee earners and all levels of employee at DWF within legal and support team, and clients. Main Duties: Achieve time recording targets split between chargeable and investment time in any one financial year. Achieve individual financial targets in line with sales plan. Understand client requirements and manage cases in line with service level agreements and best practice. Analyse risk and further develop sound judgement enabling the justification of decisions to clients internally and externally. Prioritise work effectively and to maximise efficiency in working practices. Understand individual role in the context of the practice group and pro-actively seek to contribute to increased efficiency in developing a case load appropriate to level of technical, legal knowledge. Supervise a team of junior fee earners, including monitoring holidays, sickness absence and performance. Build working relationships internally and externally in order to develop business networks and create a solid understanding of the Firm’s direction and client needs. Develop increased levels of technical and commercial knowledge via training or supervised working practices. The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview.  We are committed to an  ongoing programme  of improvements to provide access to all.     The Commercial Insurance team at DWF provide high quality commercial advice on a wide range of matters including policy interpretation, FOS matters, property damage (subrogated recoveries and defending), non-injury counter fraud, product liability and professional indemnity. We are seeking applications from candidates with experience of working within a commercial insurance team and handling a variety of matters. Person Specification Applicants will have gained between 1-3 years post qualification experience, and ideally have a background in commercial insurance though we will also consider experience of similar or less varied work types. NQ Solicitors will also be considered. We are seeking candidates with a strong academic performance including a 2:1 at degree level. The ability to work well within the wider insurance team, to self-motivate and to provide guidance and support to junior team members when required. Excellent communication and organisation skills. Main function of job : To demonstrate technical and commercial expertise and to manage performance and deliver results within required time frames in order to provide the highest service level to our insurer clients. Relationships : Responsible to:  Associate Liaison with : Partners, fee earners and all levels of employee at DWF within legal and support team, and clients. Main Duties: Achieve time recording targets split between chargeable and investment time in any one financial year. Achieve individual financial targets in line with sales plan. Understand client requirements and manage cases in line with service level agreements and best practice. Analyse risk and further develop sound judgement enabling the justification of decisions to clients internally and externally. Prioritise work effectively and to maximise efficiency in working practices. Understand individual role in the context of the practice group and pro-actively seek to contribute to increased efficiency in developing a case load appropriate to level of technical, legal knowledge. Supervise a team of junior fee earners, including monitoring holidays, sickness absence and performance. Build working relationships internally and externally in order to develop business networks and create a solid understanding of the Firm’s direction and client needs. Develop increased levels of technical and commercial knowledge via training or supervised working practices. The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview.  We are committed to an  ongoing programme  of improvements to provide access to all.  
DWF Manchester, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Commercial Associate       We are seeking to recruit entrepreneurial and innovative Associates and Senior Associates into the Commercial team to work either in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester or Birmingham. It is preferable that the successful candidate will be trained and qualified in a leading private practice firm or from a high quality in house role. We can offer very interesting and cutting edge work with a range of clients operating across a wide-range of industries and sectors, including, retail, food, technology, financial services and sports. We provide a friendly supportive and collegiate working environment within a well-established and dynamic team. We will look at candidates who have upwards of 3 years' qualified experience who will undertake a mixed non-contentious caseload. Agile and part time workers should apply.   Person Specification:   Excellent drafting skills and first-rate technical knowledge are a pre-requisite for this role. Experience of providing Commercial/IT/IP/Data Protection support in the context of corporate transactions would be advantageous (due diligence, negotiating warranties and advising on TSAs). Experience of non-contentious IP and/or franchising would be advantageous but not essential. Sector experience of working within one or more of education / retail / food / technology / financial services / insurance would be advantageous but not essential.   Whilst support and career development will be provided the applicants must be able to work independently and have experience of effectively supervising junior members of a team. Main function of job: To deliver expertise within an area of specialty, contributing actively to practice area targets and assessing risk where necessary. To coach and delegate as required and manage client expectations to ensure high levels of service delivery both internally and externally. We want you to feel valued and rewarded by your time at DWF. We understand the importance of offering you a reward package that goes beyond simply salary. That’s why, when you join DWF, you’ll be given a choice. You can pick from a range of benefits, allowing you to build a package that suits your needs and lifestyle, as well as those of your family. In addition to our standard benefits (medical insurance, life insurance, pension and 25 days annual leave), we offer flexible benefits which include child care vouchers, season ticket loans, holiday buy / sell scheme, gym memberships, health assessments, cycle to work, retail vouchers and dining cards. We are also happy to discuss flexible working patterns.   About DWF         DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. There are now over 2,700 people in the DWF Group, based in 25 key locations across the globe.   Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.   Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview. We are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.  
DWF Manchester, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Associate/Solicitor - Police and Prisons Team       We are seeking to recruit a Solicitor/Associate into our Police and Prison Law team, based in the Manchester Office. Experience of civil litigation claims is required, and experience of prison/coronial law and clinical negligence claims is desirable. The role will be client facing, and it will also include managerial responsibilities providing the opportunity to develop skills in business reporting. You will be required to demonstrate technical and commercial expertise and the ability to deliver results within required time frames in order to provide the highest service level to external clients whilst demonstrating and communicating a clear understanding of business needs/changes to internal clients. Relationships : Responsible to:  Partner and Director Liaison with : Police and Prison Law team including Partners, Directors and fee earners, Clients, Central Services teams including Finance, Client Development, Marketing, IT and People Investment. Main Duties: Clearly understand client requirements and provide practical answers to problems whilst ensuring best practice and technical accuracy at all times; Be accountable for individual chargeable hours target and contribution to team financial target. Ensure delivery of responsibilities within required time frames and to the highest standard possible; Analyse risk to client including financial and reputational and any risk of adverse publicity. Use sound judgement with decisions impacting on clients/practice area and anticipate both positive and negative consequences; Delegate and supervise work appropriately and manage work upwards when required to ensure that work performed meets individual performance requirements as well as those of the wider team/Firm; Understand individual role and performance in the Firm as well as commercial trends affecting practice area or potential business development activity; Build working relationships internally and externally in order to develop business networks and create a solid understanding of the Firm’s direction and client needs; Act appropriately to business needs including an ability to initiate change and communicate new ideas effectively both internally and externally at all levels; Delegate as required in order to encourage cross working where appropriate and maximise profitability. Maintain an understanding of the latest developments in relevant field of expertise and to regularly seek to update skills in addition to and outside of the CPD process; Be accountable for individual and team financial management ensuring a pro-active approach is taken to meeting individual and team targets; Raise individual profile and that of DWF LLP through coverage in the legal press and DWF promotional material, assisting to maximise own revenue with existing clients through the introduction of clients to other practice groups where applicable; Support others to deliver their objectives, giving relevant guidance and assisting in relevant development for the individual/s when necessary; To look outside of the Firm for new ways of working and seek to continually challenge and improve internal working practices through the professional application of skills and knowledge; Develop strong internal and external working relationships based on trust and respect, ensuring there is regular communication within the practice group and with the external client; Understand the relevant marketplace and identify what opportunities and risks exist and how DWF can exploit or prepare for them; Maintain visibility and accessibility across the team and manage client relationships during delivery of service. First-rate technical knowledge of civil litigation and attention to detail are a pre-requisite for this role. Experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims is desirable but not essential. Experience of dealing with deaths in custody and Article 2 Inquests is desirable. Experience of advocacy in a Coronial setting would be advantageous but not essential. Experience of dealing with police malfeasance work including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution; assault and battery; entry to premises; seizure of property; misfeasance in a public office; and negligence would be advantageous but not essential. Whilst support will be provided the applicants must be able to work independently. The role will be Manchester based, but the successful candidate may be required to attend court and/or attend upon the Client at their head offices or within the prison estate and therefore some travel may be required nationally. The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview.  We are committed to an  ongoing programme  of improvements to provide access to all.
DWF London, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Occupational Health Paralegal       DWF LLP is seeking to recruit a Paralegal to join the London Insurance Practice group to work between the Casualty and Catastrophic Injury teams.  The Catastrophic Injury team is one of the largest in the UK and is recognised nationally. We act for household name insurer clients and all claims are over £100k, with the majority being over £1m. The Casualty team deals with a broad range of Public and Employer liability claims. The two teams serve a broad range of insurers, runoff syndicates, brokers, private companies, large self- insured organisations and local authorities.  We will consider applications from candidates with strong academics at degree level or above who possess relevant experience of fee earning. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a real interest in Insurance claims work, team players with strong communication skills and attention to detail. We are also seeking  candidates who are familiar with working in a commercial environment. Main function of job:  To progress cases, under supervision, to an effective and satisfactory conclusion for clients whilst providing and maintaining management information under the terms of the client service level agreement. Relationships :   Responsible to:  Insurance Partner, reporting directly to an Associate. Liaison with : Insurance Clients, and the wider Cat PI and Casualty Insurance team. Main Duties: To action all cases in line with department/client service standards and protocols. To deal with technical aspects of the case, under the supervision of the Team Leader. To ensure that financial targets are met. Use of the Case Management system and use of standard documentation wherever appropriate. To ensure client care in all cases. Progress cases to a satisfactory/speedy settlement in accordance with client requirements. Record all time accurately. Partake in any other duties that are deemed necessary to support the DWF business as and when required. To follow all the Firm's policies and procedures. To ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times. The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.  
DWF London, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Senior Associate         We are looking for a dynamic and energetic data protection lawyer to help us grow and build our directory recognised leading data protection practice in London.  You will be a data protection specialist as opposed to a commercial/IT lawyer with some data protection expertise. We are looking for someone to closely support the partner who leads the data protection team with strategic direction, supervision and client facing advice.   Main Duties:   Advising on compliance with relevant law, regulator guidance, codes and best practice, Freedom of Information and E-Privacy Advising on compliance with relevant industry codes and regulations (e.g. FCA Handbook) Undertaking data protection audits/impact assessments/health checks Involved in implementation of data protection good practice for our key clients  Handling ICO investigations and assessments International transfers of data Developing position statements Forming part of our data protection precedents task force Drafting policies, procedures, data protection agreements Advising in relation to security breach management and action taken or threatened against clients by the Information Commissioner or individuals in relation to alleged infringement of relevant legislation and privacy related litigation Data exploitation (on-line and off-line) Managing data protection projects (including with overseas lawyers) Assisting on the specific data protection aspects of clients’ corporate and commercial transactions (including corporate due diligence, transitional services agreements, outsourcing agreements, marketing agreements etc) Continuing to develop the firm’s profile for data protection expertise, including assisting with the preparation of client briefings, articles, press commentary and client training     Main Skills:   Commercial and solutions-led approach to data protection compliance proven project management skills with a focus on delivery and results. Ability to prioritise, deliver to deadlines and to self-motivate. Willingness to share knowledge and supervise junior lawyers.  The clear ability to act as an expert on data protection issues.  Knowledge of key areas of the law and ability to provide clear, practical and commercial advice for clients. A proactive and flexible approach, with a willingness to travel across our national and international offices, as required.  Demonstrable ability to liaise and influence at the highest level within clients, creating and maintaining effective relationships. Ability to influence key stakeholders and to communicate a compliance view persuasively by telephone, in writing and in person. The ability to regularly update technical expertise to maintain "expert" status.   Main Requirements:   Excellent academic achievement with a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent Strong, practical expertise in relevant law, gained within a comparable environment and at an appropriate level (whether in-house, in private practice or in the Information Commissioner’s office   The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. We want you to feel valued and rewarded by your time at DWF. We understand the importance of offering you a reward package that goes beyond simply salary. That’s why, when you join DWF, you’ll be given a choice. You can pick from a range of benefits, allowing you to build a package that suits your needs and lifestyle, as well as those of your family. In addition to our standard benefits (medical insurance, life insurance, pension and 25 days annual leave), we offer flexible benefits which include child care vouchers, season ticket loans, holiday buy / sell scheme, gym memberships, health assessments, cycle to work, retail vouchers and dining cards.    
DWF London, UK
Oct 03, 2018
Full time
Solicitor / Associate Employment - London       Employment Solicitor/Associate London We are currently looking for a Solicitor/Associate to join our market leading Employment team based in London office.   Are you interested in joining an international legal business and develop your legal expertise? Do you want to build an exciting future with one of Europe's most innovative legal businesses? Apply below as we're interested in hearing from you!   We are looking for a 2-3 year PQE Solicitor to join our busy Employment team in London which specialises in highly complex HR projects, investigations and inquiries, transaction support and cross-border issues. We are part of one the largest national employment teams in the UK with more than 50 lawyers in 13 commercial centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland as well as in our other international offices. The ideal candidate will have both contentious and non-contentious experience in a City-based employment team advising employers (and senior executives) across all sectors on contracts, policies and procedures, recruitment and terminations, restrictive covenants, reorganisations and redundancies, employment tribunal and High Court litigation and business immigration and have some experience of handling complex transactions and corporate support matters for national and international clients.   To find out more about DWF and how we can help shape your career please visit our website at https://www.dwf.law/join-us/   We want you to feel valued and rewarded by your time at DWF. We understand the importance of offering you a reward package that goes beyond simply salary. That’s why, when you join DWF, you’ll be given a choice. You can pick from a range of benefits, allowing you to build a package that suits your needs and lifestyle, as well as those of your family. In addition to our standard benefits (medical insurance, life insurance, pension and 25 days annual leave), we offer flexible benefits which include child care vouchers, season ticket loans, holiday buy / sell scheme, gym memberships, health assessments, cycle to work, retail vouchers and dining cards. We are also happy to discuss flexible working patterns.   If you'd like more information on this opportunity or if you'd like to speak in general about a move to DWF then please get in touch with us.   About DWF      DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. There are now over 2,700 people in the DWF Group, based in 25 key locations across the globe.   Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.   Disability Support We will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please contact the DWF Recruitment team and tell us what adjustments you need either to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview. We are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.