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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Down to earth, ambitious, friendly."
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...

"There's an online application, a video interview, a face-to-face interview, a written..."

"It's a friendly environment and I feel that I can talk to anyone, be they support..."

"There are regular training sessions from updates on the law to developing soft skills..."

"Associates and partners are very easy to talk to and will offer advice when you ask...."

"An amazing office in the City. Dress code generally does not require ties, but smartens..."

"My hours have been 9.00 am – 7.00 pm on average. They were slightly longer in the..."

"I believe our pay is on the slightly lower end of the City firms and I don't think..."

"If you work late, charging dinner and a taxi home is encouraged – everyone is keen..."

"There were scenario questions and then questions about me as a person. They can be..."

"The environment committee is pretty active."

"There is an LGBT network and we collaborate with other firms because of our size..."

"Responsibility really varies from department to department. Trainee responsibility..."

"I am aware that the firm does do pro bono work but I have not been involved in any..."

"Getting to do interesting technical work."

"The contrast between some very busy departments and some very quiet ones; the lack..."

"The exciting, cutting-edge work and the culture."

"Very good. Most trainees are kept on."

"We have a love of karaoke."

"Friendly, supportive and hard-working."

"Regular meetings between supervising partners and all trainees in a particular d..."

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