Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2017)
"A collegiate firm with an international reach."
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...

"Make sure you are clear why you want a career in law, and why particularly in this..."

"There is a lot of socialising among colleagues and the trainee intakes are always..."

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

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

"The firm has nice offices. Each trainee shares an office with their supervisor. Enforcement..."

"Work hours are reasonable for a firm of this nature. There are days when you have..."

"I would say our salary is high, especially considering that Bristol has much lower..."

"Half-price cinema, theatre and gig tickets. Discount at local restaurants, bars and..."

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

"If you weren't a lawyer, what would you do? What other firms have you applied to?..."

"There are huge efforts in terms of sustainability."

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

"There's a good range of work and the chance to take initiative and control of matters..."

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

"Great work and clients with genuine responsibility. The partners in the firm have..."

"Sometimes I think we work as hard as other competitors in London but get paid less..."

"How genuine, supportive and friendly the people are."

"Generally, the retention rates are very good."

"We have an amazing cake trolley that comes round on a Friday."

"Supportive and friendly with great-quality work."

"The firm allows less privileged students to apply. Our first years are all cut from..."

"Provide qualification leave."

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