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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Unique model. Great work and culture."
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...

"Research the firm thoroughly and make sure you know why you want to work here."

"The firm has a strong culture. There is little hierarchy in most departments and..."

"The training programme is really good. We have refresher courses throughout the year..."

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

"The dress code is formal business attire with a dress-down day on the last Friday..."

"It varies massively between departments. In some you have virtually no control over..."

"Pay is good for trainees, but on qualification drops down significantly in comparison..."

"The social club offers staff access to a wide range of subsidised events and organised..."

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

"I was asked about a specific factual scenario, what areas of law it might involve..."

"Our green week is a big deal and we get discounts when buying reusable coffee cups..."

"The firm is very actively trying to promote an environment of diversity and inclusion...."

"The quality of work that this firm does is very high. You will also be required to..."

"I have had some really interesting pro bono work which is treated as being of equal..."

"You are given a lot of responsibility as a trainee, but you are very well supervised,..."

"The lack of secondment opportunities."

"The people I met during welcome evenings, assessment centres and vacation schemes..."

"The retention rates have been 100% this year. I feel confident that I will be kept..."

"We have an amazing cake trolley that comes round on a Friday."

"Supportive, inclusive and friendly."

"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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