Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"A genuinely nice place to work."
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..."

"Generally the culture is friendly both in the office and out; there is a strong team..."

"Training is very thorough and covers a lot of bases. The recent use of new external..."

"I think the firm is exceptional in this regard. We sit with our supervisor (normally..."

"Lovely offices that are bright and spacious with a great restaurant and café. Meeting..."

"This is very dependent on the department but I would say it's quite good on the whole!..."

"Pay is very good for a regional firm but does not compete against City salaries...."

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

"Assessment day - talk from partner, group exercise, tour of firm, Watson Glaser test,..."

"Why Bristol? Why Burges Salmon?"

"We have green pledge initiatives and there are BSustainable reps in each department..."

"I think more could be done to attract a diverse workforce but the same could be said..."

"The role varies hugely from one seat to another. Overall I have enjoyed that variety,..."

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

"The firm encourages a very collaborative and friendly culture."

"The firm could be more open to flexible working. Its current policy is quite con..."

"If you want to be in Bristol then Burges Salmon is a solid choice: the pay is the..."

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

"We have constantly topped up biscuit jars on the fifth floor that are filled with..."

"Friendly, driven, balanced."

"The firm does seem to attract a range of applicants, both in terms of personality,..."

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