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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2016)
"Down to earth, ambitious, friendly."
Pros: 
  • Trainees become very sociable early on due to the small intake size.
  • Good quality training, both formal and informal.
  • A strong focus on work/life balance.
  • A friendly and supportive environment.
Cons: 
  • The seat rotation process could be more transparent.
  • Communication between departments could be improved.
  • There is not much opportunity for secondments abroad.
  • Quality of work and client contact can vary a lot between departments.
Culture
8.9 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
 
Hours
8.1 / 10
 
Salary
7.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

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

"The working culture is friendly. Although people try to leave at a reasonable time,..."

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

"Feedback is quite hard to get as fee earners are very busy. There is a mentorship..."

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

"It's been really busy for the last year or so, but still not in the same league as..."

"When the hours are good, the pay is great. If extremely busy periods are going to..."

"The perks are pretty standard: health insurance, dental, somewhat subsidised gym..."

"Why I wanted to do law, why I wanted to work at the firm, what I would do if I won..."

"The environment committee is pretty active."

"I have many female and LGBT colleagues. The recruitment committee are very alive..."

"All of the seats are really mixed but I would say, from having discussed with trainees..."

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

"The people. Generally everyone is friendly and supportive, which makes coming into..."

"Communication can be poor between departments and teams."

"The excellence in IP, the focus on the life sciences sector and the small size."

"They normally find a space for everyone who wants one."

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

"First-rate, friendly, open-cultured and technical law firm."

"More range of secondments. Better mentoring scheme."

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