Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Dorsey & Whitney

The Lex 100 verdict on Dorsey & Whitney

The verdict

An American firm with an ever-increasing global presence and a strong reputation for corporate and commercial work, Dorsey & Witney’s European hub is operated from its City office. Taking around two trainees per year, Dorsey & Witney is highly praised for providing ‘exposure to high-quality work and giving early responsibility’. Trainees highlight the firm’s reputation for ‘excellence in corporate and litigation’ and feel that they receive ‘more hands-on responsibility’ during the training. The style of training is described as ‘vastly wide in scope’ within the corporate field although ‘there is a lack of formal training’. However, ‘you often get to work directly for a partner’ and have ‘scope to take real ownership of matters’. Of course, this style of training will work better for some trainees more than others. Some concerns were raised about ‘the partner/associate ratio which is worrying’. There are also complaints about the ‘rules on dinners and taxis when working late’ being unclear. However, training highlights included ‘working directly for a partner on a big project’ and ‘feeling like I’m actually improving as a lawyer’. A worst moment of the training was ‘having to write a trade mark opposition against my favourite football club!’. If you are seeking a US firm with a small trainee intake plus a corporate focus, Dorsey & Whitney is worth investigating.