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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly but committed to maintaining very high standards."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
6.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • Trainees get the opportunity to work on a wide variety of high-level work.
  • Colleagues are friendly and the atmosphere within the firm is very positive.
  • Trainee’s speak highly of the office’s facilities, views and location.


  • Hours can be unpredictable making it hard to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Too many staff members on a deal can mean that the allocation of work is not always even.
  • There could be more international secondments for trainees.

What insiders say about...

"The general interview tries to get a sense of your personality and working habits...."

"Whilst you may be required to work late there is no pressure to stick around when..."

"I have found the training on offer to be very comprehensive. To me, it definitely..."

"Trainers have been excellent so far. They provide structured feedback, are very considerate,..."

"The office has everything you could need (and, thankfully, I haven't even had to..."

"The hours you work depends on the department. I think there are tougher hours in..."

"We are paid a lot but it's average for this type of firm and below average for the..."

"The office facilities are first-rate. The canteen is good, the coffee shop/bar is..."

"Why did you study the degree you did? Why do law - why corporate law? Why this f..."

"You see a lot of evidence of environmental concern, actually. There is major encouragement..."

"There is a good A&Out; programme for the firm's LGBT and friends of LGBT community...."

"The work you are assigned is very seat dependent however, I have had a lot of client..."

"There are lots of pro bono projects around. A&O's commitment to law centres is good..."

"The quality of training I am receiving from the associates and senior associates..."

"The long hours, but that is part of working on really high profile transactions and..."

"I applied here because of A&O's reputation and my experiences at law fair, university..."

"The firm is keen to keep the retention rates quite high (80%+) but the market has..."

"We have sleeping pods for those all-nighters."

"Advanced, challenging, stimulating."

"Greater choice when it comes to selecting departments to sit in."