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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"First-rate, friendly, open-cultured and technical law firm."
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..."

"The firm is very friendly – Its size facilitates this, especially being a trainee...."

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

"I have been positively impressed with the amount of feedback consistently provided..."

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

"Normally 8.30 am – 7.30 pm, but can often leave much before that."

"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..."

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

"The environment committee is pretty active."

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

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

"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..."

"It can sometimes take a while to receive feedback."

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

"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..."

"Friendly and slightly geeky but very cool."

"Have a more organised approach in allocating trainees to cases in the IP litigation..."

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