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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Hard-working, creative and friendly."
9.3 / 10
Formal Training
6.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.1 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • There’s a collegiate and supportive culture within the firm.
  • Regular training seminars ensure trainees are constantly developing as lawyers.
  • Trainees are very happy with the salaries on offer for associate level and above.
  • There is high-quality work offered to trainees from early in their contract.


  • Working hours can be tough and, at times, quite unpredictable.
  • There isn’t a lot of formal training overall or in specific departments.
  • The distribution of workloads can be imbalanced.
  • Some trainees feel that they do not have enough holiday allowance.

What insiders say about...

"Send your CV and cover letter and you may be invited to attend an open-day and interview...."

"Highly supportive, collegial and friendly."

"There's informal training every Monday lunchtime given by Cleary associates where..."

"You generally see partners less often than your other mentors, but the trainee and..."

"Very few lawyers care what you wear. Obviously, everyone wants to feel confident..."

"I have not had to work particularly long hours yet, but I am told that they will..."

"Excellent pay and bonus."

"Subsidised canteen where trainees, associates and partners all eat."

"The process involved an interview or open day for a vacation scheme - the firm recruit..."

"I had questions around the topic of disclosing information to shareholders; including..."

"There have been policies implemented including the removal of bins to discourage..."

"We do a lot of diversity work. It can be hard to see the benefits immediately but..."

"I'm incredibly new, but so far the work I have been given has been genuinely substantive...."

"Pro bono seems to be growing quickly at the firm. I've worked on a death penalty..."

"There's a very collegiate atmosphere."

"Unpredictable hours, weekend work and late nights in the office."

"I was attracted to the flat structure (not divided into rigid departments, multi-specialist..."

"Although a few trainees have left, and a number of associates too, the firm has good..."

"Trainees dress up as elves at Christmas and throw sweets at fellow lawyers while..."

"The firm is eccentric, interesting and non-hierarchical."

"Unlike some firms to which I applied, there is absolutely no Oxbridge bias in Cleary's..."

"Levels of stress depend what seat you are in - what work you are doing and with whom...."

"More opportunities for feedback/active learning."

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