Commercial Litigation (Senior) Associate

Job Description

Salary: Market rate

Associate/Senior Associate/Director (flexible on location)


For DWF's award winning, high profile national Commercial Litigation and Arbitration team, we are seeking to recruit two people to join our team.  The level of role will depend on your level of qualified experience.   

We offer genuine opportunities for career development and are open to considering applications from candidates who have upwards of 5 years' qualified experience. We are flexible on location as long as you live close to one of our offices in Birmingham, Manchester or Liverpool. We also welcome applications from people looking for a flexible or partly agile role and are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.


The Commercial Litigation and Arbitration team provides commercial advice to clients who need to resolve a wide variety of disputes with an emphasis on companies and company law, either through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. The cases span a wide ranging spectrum of general commercial and corporate disputes and sector specific work including international and cross-border litigation and arbitration, shareholder disputes, data, information and confidentiality, professional negligence claims, commercial fraud and injunctions.

We differentiate ourselves through our commercial strategy, exceptional client service by the whole team and entrepreneurial approaches to pricing. We offer a multi-disciplinary disputes team of diverse sector specialists and experts for all types of contentious work.

Leveraging off DWF's Connected Services business we continue to explore and provide cutting edge solutions to the litigation and arbitration process for our clients with an emphasis on technology solutions.

We can offer access to high-quality work from clients operating across a variety of sectors including telecoms, technology, energy, transport, banking and finance, food, retail and hospitality. We offer direct client contact and look to our Associates, Senior Associates and Directors to win the trust of these clients by focusing on excellence in client delivery.

We provide a supportive and collegiate working environment within a well-established Commercial Litigation and Arbitration practice. Our assistants and partners work in a "flat" structure which concentrates on getting the right people on the right cases at the right time. Unlike many firms, our team is genuinely a "trials" team with significant experience of running high value highly complex cases to trial (not just part way the through the process).


The successful candidate will have a good understanding of company issues, corporate law, litigation processes, arbitration and ADR. They will have experience of resolving disputes for large local and large national companies and will be able to demonstrate technical and commercial expertise and application and the ability to deliver excellent results and client service for clients within required time frames.


Are you interested in joining an international legal business and develop your legal expertise?  Get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you and discuss your career at DWF.



To find out more about DWF and how we can help shape your career please visit our website at


Benefits package and flexible working:

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 season ticket loans, gym memberships, health assessments, cycle to work, retail vouchers, a buy as you earn share scheme and dining cards. You will also have access to additional wellbeing programs such as an online GP and an Employee Assistance Programme.

We welcome applications from people looking for a flexible or [partly] agile role. We are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.

About DWF

We are a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients. In March 2019, we became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange. We have over 31 key locations and over 4,000 people delivering services and solutions that go beyond expectations. Join us on our shared journey to redefine legal services and you'll find a professional life that stretches and redefines you too. 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.

Supporting your application

Our recruitment process will comprise of interviews and, at times, a written exercise, an assessment day and/or a presentation.  We want to make sure we do all we can to make this a positive experience for you.  Please click the following link ( which will take you through a simple process to identify any adjustments or additional support we can provide beforehand or on the day.

Note to recruitment agencies

We hire the majority of our talent directly by our resourcing team or via referrals. On occasion, we will look for external support and will release vacancies to our recently reviewed Preferred Suppliers List. Speculative CVs sent by other agents or outside of the agreed process will not be accepted and no recruitment fee will be applicable.


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