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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2016)
"First-rate, friendly, open-cultured and technical law firm."
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
 
 

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