Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"Innovative, independent, ambitious."
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...

"Find out about some legal and commercial issues that interest you and be prepared..."

"The firm has a very friendly and collaborative culture. This is reflected both within..."

"Excellent. There's great constructive feedback as well as sector-based updates and..."

"I have found that partners are accessible, the firm has a good review process and..."

"When not meeting clients/the other side the dress code is smart business casual (e.g...."

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

"Pay is good for trainees in the region, but I have worked similar hours to some friends..."

"Good social club which offers discounts/cash back on tickets to cinema/events/theatre...."

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

"What other law firm would you apply to if Burges Salmon didn't exist?"

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

"They are trying to improve diversity but the majority of people here are white and..."

"At this stage, my contact with clients is still quite limited to daily emails, the..."

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

"Great people, fantastic café and a cake trolley that comes to your floor each F..."

"Sometimes the great ideas and appetite for change at the top don't always filter..."

"The work/life balance and friendly nature of the people."

"Generally, the retention rates are very good."

"Following the re-brand, we have all received a goodie bag of branded stuff, including..."

"Fair. Encouraging. Rewarding."

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

"More transparency and honesty over seat choices."

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