Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, dynamic and collaborative."
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...

"My advice is to know the firm and its sectors (as opposed to practice areas). Common..."

"In general the hours are quite reasonable and face-time is actively discouraged...."

"A lot of time is spent in-house on training and continuing professional development...."

"I have found the firm to be good at providing feedback and willing to take time out..."

"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..."


"Half-price cinema, theatre and gig tickets. Discount at local restaurants, bars and..."

"As with all big commercial firms, the recruitment process is rigorous. The online..."

"If you weren't a lawyer, what would you do? What other firms have you applied to?..."

"Appears to be good. Offices have various eco qualifications and lights can turn off..."

"I think that there are certainly efforts to be diverse. There are fewer female partners..."

"As a trainee, you get a high level of responsibility early on and plenty of exposure..."

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

"People are generally down to earth; good training; early responsibility."

"Although the hours are by no means bad, the London culture for working long hours..."

"I was encouraged to seek a training contract by my experience of people I met at..."

"They have been 100% this year."

"Supposedly, our salmon pink letterhead paper pre-dates the firm's current name."

"Understated, challenging and friendly."

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

"Have more seats in certain departments."

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