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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Not like any other law firm out there."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
6.7 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10


  • Trainees have genuine responsibility, receive good contact with clients and are actively involved in the firm's work.
  • The general ethos and culture of the firm are very collaborative and friendly, and socialising is encouraged.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been exceptionally high.
  • There are many initiatives and incentives in place to help the firm be environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.


  • Many trainees feel their pay is not as competitive as it used to be.
  • There aren’t as many options for flexible working as many trainees would like.
  • More secondment opportunities would be appreciated.
  • The firm has an evident commitment to diversity but this area still needs improvement.

What insiders say about...

"You should research the firm."

"Socialising depends on the departments. Smaller departments are, understandably,..."

"There are many training programmes on offer such as IT programmes, training to improve..."

"Some lawyers are better than others at training and mentoring. I often find I have..."

"Excellent in terms of office space, location and facilities. The dress code is formal...."

"Hours vary between departments. They are not quite at London levels, however they..."

"I personally think I am paid very well for what I do and I am happy with that. I..."

"The social club offers discounts at various good restaurants across the city and..."

"I did a straight training contract process. This consisted of an assessment day (group..."

"Why Bristol? What recent news story has caught your eye and why? What is our competition..."

"We have a green week and lots of initiatives like giving up your bin your room so..."

"The firm is really pushing its diversity and inclusion commitment and there's been..."

"We do a great variety of work. I could be working on a big case for a huge multi-national..."

"We are given two days a year to work on pro bono projects. I have mentored some year..."

"From a trainee's perspective, there is a genuine commitment to high-quality training...."

"There can be a lack of transparency, particularly regarding seat moves and qualification...."

"The culture. They are a very friendly and welcoming bunch that respect your previous..."

"As of June 2015, we have already heard who is being kept on, the retention rate was..."

"Each year, one of our partners provides cakes for the whole firm on Bob Dylan's birthday...."

"A collegiate and inclusive place to work."

"The firm allows less privileged students to apply. Our first years are all cut from..."

"Qualification leave is increasingly the norm at other firms – it would be much..."

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