DWF Returner Programme

Location: Manchester or Leeds

Start Date: February 2019

Programme: 6-month paid returnship

Part of the Law Returners Programme

Successful careers are not always fluid and don’t always follow a traditional path. In collaboration with Women Returners and the Law Society, DWF is launching a brand new Law Returners Programme aimed at legal professionals (men and women) who have taken a career break of 12 months or more and who are now looking return to work in private practice and in-house legal departments. The Law Returners programme has been designed to update and refresh your experience and skills whilst also boosting your professional confidence.

If you’ve taken a career break, particularly after having taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives, and are now ready for a new step on your career path, the DWF Law Returners Programme is for you!

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. Nurturing talent is very important to them. They are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business. They want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on their clients and communities in which they live and work. DWF empowers 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 wants you to feel valued and rewarded by your time with them. They 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 their standard benefits they offer flexible benefits which include season ticket loans, holiday buy / sell scheme, gym memberships, health assessments, cycle to work, retail vouchers and dining cards. They are also happy to discuss flexible working patterns.

The Programme

The 6-month professionally paid placement is based in the DWF Leeds or Manchester city centre offices and will run from February 2019 onwards. The placement will offer the opportunity to work with senior stakeholders and receive internal support and mentoring to refresh your skills, and could lead to an exciting career opportunity with DWF. You will also receive expert Career Returners Coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace. The Law Society will provide you with technical training, informal mentoring from their Back to Law Ambassadors, networking opportunities and other legal support.

Requirements and Skills

Opportunities available

Being admitted on the programme is based on each applicant’s experience and interests. Opportunities exist at senior PQE level across the following practice areas:

Application process

DWF invites you to apply for the Law Returners programme, with opportunities available in Manchester and Leeds.

Click here for Manchester applications.

Click here for Leeds applications.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 2 December at 23.59

For any specific queries relating to DWF, please contact florence.vanschependom-brown@dwf.law.

For any queries relating to Law Returners Programme, please email hazel@womenreturners.com