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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Sociable and friendly with interesting and innovative work."
Pros: 
  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture means that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Retention rates are typically very strong as the firm sees trainees as investments and keeps intakes small.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.
Cons: 
  • Salaries are thought to be slightly below those on offer at similar firms.
  • The responsibility given to trainees has a tendency to vary between departments.
  • Some found the open-plan office made it difficult to make calls with privacy.
  • The new office building is very nice but can be cold.
Culture
9.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
8.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.9 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"There's an online interview followed by competency tests and an assessment day at..."

"Office hours are reasonable with no requirement to stay because the boss is in –..."

"The training programme is pretty comprehensive and timetabled to all happen as early..."

"Excellent feedback is given by supervisors and an interest is taken in your development...."

"The new building is superb. The only way to improve it would be if there were an..."

"As a trainee, my hours are erratic. Sometimes I will have a week of 9.30 am to 7.00..."

"Pay could be increased to reflect the greater number of hours now being worked. It's..."

"Perks include free entry (as the firm sponsors them) to the Royal Academy and Design..."

"After the application form you have a video interview, then if successful you are..."

"Most of the questions were about my CV. However, a few current affairs questions..."

"Recycling is encouraged but as with all legal offices there is a vast amount of printing,..."

"The firm has a good male/female mix. Retention is very strong."

"I would like to be drafting documents more than I am, as most of my tasks are research-based..."

"The firm supports a wide range of pro bono activities and actively supports staff..."

"The firm really do go the extra mile to make us feel welcome. You are treated as..."

"The new offices can be very cold."

"Its reputation, culture, fantastic intellectual property department and sector industry..."

"While the firm retention rates are very good, there is healthy competition for new..."

"At least four fee earners in the London office have competed in sport at a national..."

"The firm is full of character, with market leading expertise."

"The firm has held and attended events for ethnic minorities interested in a career..."

"Increase the pay."

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