Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"Bristol-based with London work. Better hours and better lifestyle...."
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...

"Research the firm thoroughly and understand what it does and where it is going. Understand..."

"Socialising depends on the departments. Smaller departments are, understandably,..."

"There's excellent structured training but it's also flexible depending on your needs...."

"Excellent structure and genuinely helpful and keen supervisors. Rigid appraisal process...."

"Great office and location. Most men wear suits (no ties). You can dress smart casual..."

"Generally, hours are pretty good, although they vary between departments. Some departments..."

"Pay is good at the junior level but less competitive as you move up."

"The best perk is the social club - £2.50 a month out of your salary and you have..."

"I did a straight training contract process. This consisted of an assessment day (group..."

"There were no big surprises. I was asked questions like: why law? Why the firm? What..."

"The firm is really committed and innovative when it comes to sustainability and being..."

"The firm does have very few woman partners or ethnic minorities who work here, however,..."

"I'm very satisfied with my work. Overall, trainees are given a high level of responsibility...."

"There are a lot of corporate responsibility activities going on all the time and..."

"The friendly environment and collaborative working combined with high-quality work...."

"The fee earners don't come from a particularly diverse background. A lot of them..."

"It's the best firm in Bristol and I get the same quality of work as at a London firm..."

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

"We have a Burges Salmon band complete with partners rocking out to chart toppers...."

"Supportive and ambitious firm growing organically from within."

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

"Change the grading system. I think the focus should be on development rather than..."

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