Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, understated, excellent."
9.2 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.6 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.6 / 10
8.1 / 10
Pro Bono
6.4 / 10


  • Trainees have genuine responsibility, get good contact with clients and are actively involved in the firm's work.
  • The general ethos and culture of the firm are both very collaborative and friendly, and socialising is encouraged.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been exceptionally high.
  • While hours can be long, trainees feel they have a good work/life balance.


  • Trainees are satisfied with their pay but feel it’s low after qualification.
  • There aren’t as many options for flexible working as trainees would like.
  • More secondment opportunities would be appreciated, as would clarification of the secondment application process.
  • The firm has an evident commitment to diversity but this area still needs improvement.

What insiders say about...

"If you apply for the training contract directly, there is an application form, an..."

"The firm is very friendly. Smiles in the corridors and lifts are easy to come by...."

"There are frequent technical training sessions in each department. It is also possible..."

"Right from the outset, everyone at the firm offers their time (as far as they can)..."

"The offices are fantastic. Spacious, clean, a decent amount of natural light and..."

"The firm is flexible with commitments, but Mon-Fri leaving time can be unpredictable..."

"As a trainee, the pay is good. However, I think it should be more in line with London..."

"There is a social club that offers subsidised tickets for the cinema and live events...."

"Hard to say how easy or difficult it is! There is an application form, which is long..."

"I was asked commercial awareness questions as well as business vs ethics questions...."

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

"The firm is clearly committed to diversity. Burges Salmon is meritocratic, the issue..."

"Trainees are taken along to client meetings and have varying degrees of responsibility..."

"There's lots of voluntary and corporate social responsibility work but little in..."

"The firm culture. Partners go out of their way to consider and support trainee progression...."

"The new qualifier salary is lower than similar firms despite the trainee salary being..."

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

"100% of second-year trainees have been kept on for qualification in September 2017...."

"We have a Burges Salmon rock/pop band."

"Friendly, driven, balanced."

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

"More flexibility with working arrangements (eg occasionally being allowed to work..."

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