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9.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 23 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, supportive, high-quality work."
Pros: 
  • 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.
  • Trainees feel that remuneration is very good for a firm outside of London.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been very high.
Cons: 
  • Working hours can be long and unpredictable for trainees when workloads are high.
  • Formal and informal training can be a little inconsistent from department to department.
  • 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.
Culture
9.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
8.1 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The firm's hiring process takes in assessment days, vacation schemes and formal interviews...."

"The firm is very friendly. Smiles in the corridors and lifts are easy to come by...."

"Formal training programmes are well thought out and comprehensive. We are encouraged..."

"I have had a series of great supervisors and I think most other trainees would say..."

"We have literally the best office I have ever seen."

"My hours are great. We compete with City firms for the same work, but we somehow..."

"Excellent. Salaries are not numerically as much as that of a London trainee but the..."

"The social club puts on a variety of good, subsidised events. For example, a weekend..."

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

"I was asked: Why Burges Salmon? Why law? Which aspects of the firm do you like?"

"The firm sponsors Bristol as the 2015 European Green Capital and is involved in various..."

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

"Being given a lot of responsibility early on and constantly learning."

"Use of trainees can vary from department to department. You get more responsibility..."

"Collegiate working environment, good clients and the high quality of training of..."

"Retention is usually between 80-100%."

"There is a giant red gorilla statue in the canteen."

"Supportive and friendly with great-quality work."

"We run a number of initiatives, such as access to law, and try and play as large..."

"A more transparent process in seat allocation and secondment allocation."

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