Job Code: 29999/SH

Practice Area: Corporate Services 

Recruitment Partner: Sam Houghton

Office: Leeds

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.

With offices nationwide and overseas, we are growing and are looking for top talent to come on board and be part of our success.

We are seeking to recruit a Newly Qualified Solicitor to join the Corporate team in Leeds.

The successful candidate will demonstrate technical and commercial expertise together with 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.

We are seeking applications from candidates with a drive to succeed, and an enthusiasm to engage with clients at the outset. It is important that applicants have the ability to work as part of a team, in addition to being confident working under his/ her own initiative. We are seeking candidates with confidence in terms of presentation skills and client contact, and a real desire to develop their career at DWF.

Experience required includes the ability to deal with a range of corporate transactions together with a desire to learn and develop both technical knowledge and business development skills. Our Corporate team work on a range of matters including all aspects of corporate finance work, including flotations (on AIM and the Official List) and fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and MBO's.

This is a great opportunity to join a rapidly developing team and to be part of key business development activities.


  1. Responsible to: Corporate Partner
  2. Liaison with: Corporate & Commercial Practice Group, all levels of fee earner, business services, 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;
  • 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

As an inclusive employer, DWF wants to see every candidate performing at their best. Please log in to Clear Talents at to tell us what reasonable adjustments you may need and to discover how we might improve your recruitment experience, examples of reasonable adjustments could include: additional time for exercises, a hearing induction loop, a request for information in an alternative format. DWF are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.

To apply, please click 'apply now' and provide the job reference number: 29999/SH.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Sam Houghton on

No agency CVs will be accepted unless formally instructed on this specific role by the Recruitment Team. 


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