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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious and traditional with excellent work."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
6.7 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10


  • Trainees have genuine responsibility, receive good contact with clients and are actively involved in the firm's work.
  • The general ethos and culture of the firm are very collaborative and friendly, and socialising is encouraged.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been exceptionally high.
  • There are many initiatives and incentives in place to help the firm be environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.


  • Many trainees feel their pay is not as competitive as it used to be.
  • There aren’t as many options for flexible working as many trainees would like.
  • More secondment opportunities would be appreciated.
  • The firm has an evident commitment to diversity but this area still needs improvement.

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. This firm wants you to have a personality, interests and hobbies."

"Hours are becoming increasingly long, however the firm is putting increasing efforts..."

"There are so many training sessions going on from legal/department/sector specific..."

"In many of my seats I have worked directly with one of the partners."

"We have excellent facilities and the standard of the firm's accommodation is excellent...."

"The hours are what you should expect for a top law-firm. Applicants shouldn't be..."

"Pay for trainees is excellent. Bonuses could be improved. I think trainees who go..."

"I think the best perks are the healthcare and pension. Employees can also receive..."

"Online tests, vacation scheme application form, vacation scheme assessment centre,..."

"I was asked a lot about my previous work that was detailed on my application. I was..."

"A conscious effort is made to be green so only recycling and compost bins are available..."

"Female partners are few, people of colour fewer. I don't question the firm's commitment..."

"I've had some really high-quality work. People go out of their way to give you proper..."

"The firm is committed to corporate responsibility and charity work, but there is..."

"The size of the firm (e.g. number of lawyers, trainees and staff). The firm is large..."

"Longer and more unpredictable hours are becoming more prevalent within the firm."

"I did not want to work in London and I knew Burges Salmon did a lot of high-quality..."

"The retention rates are brilliant. I have no doubt I will be kept on, provided I..."

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

"Fun, friendly and hardworking."

"Quite a bit of community work - we invite children from local schools in to experience..."

"In my role I could potentially have more client contact."

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