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Top UK law firm rankings 2018

TARGETjobs Insider Reviews asked approx 500 trainee solicitors working at 36 UK law firms to rate their own firm's culture, training, hours, offices – and more. Study the following 12 categories of law firm rankings as part of your research before applying for training contracts or vacation schemes

If you want to see all of the law firms that took part in the TARGETjobs Insider Reviews employer reviews 2018, you can see the landing page (complete with all trainee comments) here: TARGETjobs Insider Reviews – law solicitors.


Top UK law firms for: formal training

Ranking Law firms with the best formal training Score
1 Macfarlanes LLP 9.4
2 Mayer Brown International LLP 9.3
3 Slaughter and May 9.1
4 Osborne Clarke LLP 9.1
5 Burges Salmon LLP 8.8
6 Mills & Reeve LLP 8.7
7 Gowling WLG 8.7
8 Pinsent Masons LLP 8.5
9 Bristows 8.5
9 Shoosmiths 8.5
11 Stevens & Bolton LLP 8.3
12 Browne Jacobson LLP 8.3
12 Latham & Watkins 8.3
14 Weil, Gotshal & Manges 8.1
15 Irwin Mitchell 8.1
  Average 8.6

Top UK law firms for: informal training & mentoring

Ranking Law firms with the best mentoring Score
1 Osborne Clarke LLP 9
2 Latham & Watkins 8.9
3 Gowling WLG 8.8
4 Shoosmiths 8.8
4 Taylor Wessing 8.8
6 Gibson Dunn 8.7
7 Mills & Reeve LLP 8.6
8 Bristows 8.6
9 Macfarlanes LLP 8.5
10 Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 8.5
10 Weil, Gotshal & Manges 8.5
12 Covington & Burling LLP 8.5
13 Irwin Mitchell 8.4
14 Burges Salmon LLP 8.4
15 Bird & Bird LLP 8.3
  Average 8.6

The methodology behind the TARGETjobs Insider Reviews law rankings

In 2018 TARGETjobs Insider Reviews conducted an independent survey of approximately 500 first- and second-year trainee solicitors at 36 law firms across the UK. We asked trainees to assess their own firm according to 12 categories, which resulted in the above sets of useful rankings.

Top law firms by category

Trainees were asked to rate their own firms on a scale of 1 to 10 in the 12 different categories above. Provided sufficient responses were received for each firm, an average score was then calculated for each category. All firm scores were then collated and ranked to create our ‘Top firms by category’ rankings.

Note: Whenever two or more firms have identical scores (to one decimal place) but have not been marked specifically as a tie, it is because these firms are ranked in accordance with their full score (taking into account three or more decimal places).

Where data for 2018 is not available for some firms, the previous year's responses may have been included.