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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.

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"Working for industry-leading clients."


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