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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2016)
"Advanced, challenging, stimulating."
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...."

"The firm is very friendly. The office atmosphere is good. Outside of office hours..."

"We have an extensive formal professional skills course programme, much of which is..."

"Trainers will take the time to explain concepts/matters to you in detail and review..."

"The office has great views and is well laid out to ensure maximum natural light."

"It's inflexible –– if you are needed then you stay. The hours in my dept go in..."

"Salaries for trainees are not quite on par with the pay from US firms but are really..."

"We have an extremely good medical, pension, and health-care package as well as free..."

"What is the difference between a bond and a loan? What other career choices have..."

"Recycling is commonplace throughout the firm and food is generally responsibly sourced...."

"A&O has a number of great societies on this front. A&Out; is our LGBT society that..."

"My day-to-day role varies greatly depending on the work that I have been assigned...."

"We have two dedicated legal advice centres per week and trainees are encouraged by..."

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

"At times, the fact that you will work long hours is taken for granted."

"I attended the firm's networking event in Durham and liked the people I met. A&O..."

"Retention rates are pretty good but a lot will depend on post-Brexit fallout and..."

"We were Edward VIII's lawyers during the abdication crisis, and the desk that the..."

"Prestigious, international, friendly and social."

"A guaranteed international secondment."

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