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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2017)
"Prestigious, international, friendly and social."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 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.
  • Trainees speak highly of the office’s facilities, views and location.
  • The formal training is seen as being very good and comprehensive.


  • Hours can be unpredictable making it hard to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Some felt the qualification process could have more transparency.
  • The quality of informal training can vary greatly between individuals.
  • While the salary matches other magic circle firms, it is slightly behind similar US firms.

What insiders say about...

"Write your application, leave it for a week and then read it aloud with fresh eyes...."

"Like any law firm, there is a clear structure from partner to trainee but, on the..."

"There's a good grammar course when you start and lessons on email writing etc. There..."

"This very much depends on the department and your trainer but, even if your trainer..."

"The dress code is quite chilled. It differs between departments but chinos are generally..."

"The hours can be gruelling, though this varies wildly from seat to seat and time..."

"I can't complain about the pay. The American firms obviously pay more but I think..."

"The firm supported me to move from overseas by covering my flight, providing temporary..."

"Why law? Why A&O?"

"The firm really stresses the need to be as green-friendly as possible. However, there..."

"Diversity initiatives are very visible and flexible working is encouraged. Perhaps..."

"The clients are incredible and the work is very high level."

"There are regular free advice clinics that trainees help out at and the firm works..."

"Being able to work on, and have a large involvement in, some very high profile transactions..."

"The client's needs always come before your social life. Long hours and not enough..."

"Its reputation, global reach and secondment opportunities were what first got me..."

"This very much depends on the area of law you want to qualify into. If you want banking..."

"A&O has an outstanding bar and roof terrace overlooking the City of London."

"Collegiate and committed to excellence."

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

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