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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Fair. Encouraging. Rewarding."
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...

"The application process consists of a fairly standard application form, followed..."

"The firm is very good at keeping staff involved and organising firm-wide social events...."

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

"There's very good access to partners and senior lawyers who are willing to give feedback..."

"Burges Salmon provides good facilities. My only complaint would be that the inside..."

"The hours are what you should expect for a top law-firm. Applicants shouldn't be..."

"I am very happy with my trainee wage and recently received a small bonus because..."

"We have a good social club with sponsored events and sporting groups."

"Short interview, written tests on verbal reasoning, group exercise and then if successful..."

"I was asked questions about a recent business article, moral dilemmas relating to..."

"A key part of the new offices is their green element – energy and water efficiency...."

"The firm is committed but it will take a while for it to become more diverse. Although..."

"It varies depending on the department (larger departments with higher numbers of..."

"There are lots of charity events (Dragon Boat racing, painting projects, etc.). The..."

"The people - practically everyone is straightforwardly friendly, generous with their..."

"Working City hours on, (albeit a very good), regional salary. As we get genuine responsibility..."

"I have a family who are very settled in Bristol and so am committed to living and..."

"In 2015, 100% of trainees were offered jobs on qualification. I do not feel like..."

"We have a Shaun the Sheep statue in our atrium."

"Growing, exciting and unique."

"Quite a bit of community work - we invite children from local schools in to experience..."

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

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