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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, supportive and hard-working."
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 are lots of articles and materials on our website that are worth looking at..."

"Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. There is a hierarchy but not in an intimidating..."

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

"People are always there to help if needs be."

"The location and architecture of the office is great, as are the facilities. Some..."

"It varies from department to department. In a litigation seat, I would generally..."

"Firm offers a discretionary bonus, which is at the same percentage of salary for..."

"No billable targets (even upon qualification), access to the Unilever shop (cheap..."

"The interviewers tried getting to know me and to understanding my academic and extracurricular..."

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

"There is an active commitment to respecting diversity in all fields. I do think more..."

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

"We do some pro bono work but the firm is more focused on non-legal charitable projects..."

"Working for industry-leading clients."

"There are no opportunities for international secondments."

"The client base couldn't be better for the work I am interested in and it's not a..."

"Very good. Most trainees are kept on."

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

"Friendly, exciting and excellent training."

"Hiring more temporary paralegals during busy disclosure periods."

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