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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Quirky, friendly, supportive, responsive."
9.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.8 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10


  • The flat hierarchy means that trainees can ask people of any level for help and advice.
  • There’s a very social atmosphere and many social events are organised.
  • Fair credit and recognition is given for work carried out by people at all levels in the firm.
  • Diversity and equality are seen as important issues in the firm’s culture.


  • Some trainees would like more opportunities for overseas placements.
  • While it is improving, the options for flexible working are limited.
  • Salary is seen as being at the lower end of the market.
  • It can take a while for changes to come in and the firm doesn’t always feel proactive.

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. The firm genuinely wants to get to know you. They have a lot of applications..."

"Small intake of trainees means we all socialise together on a regular basis (but..."

"Various legal presentations. I've also undertaken soft skills training such as networking..."

"There is a formal mentoring scheme but it's up to the mentor and mentee how often..."

"We're in a great location and have great offices on the river."

"Compared to friends at other firms, we have it very good!"

"The pay matches the market as a trainee. As an associate, whether the pay is adequate..."

"Unilever shop downstairs where we can buy discounted products."

"I was asked about my CV and why I had done the things I'd chosen to do. I was asked..."

"There is a CSR team focused on environmental initiatives."

"Diversity with respect to women and LGBT is very good. There are a large number of..."

"Day-to-day responsibilities can be quite admin-focused but teams are small so interesting..."

"Plenty of charity initiatives but I have not been given any opportunity for pro bono..."

"Working for industry-leading clients."

"There could be more social events and more knowledge-sharing between departments..."

"The promise of high-quality work at an early stage, the chance to get involved and..."

"The firm usually keeps almost all of its trainees. While HR have tried to be reassuring,..."

"We have some random initiatives, such as an annual seed give-away. We're encouraged..."

"Quirky, friendly, supportive, responsive."

"Less bundling and more technical training."

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