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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, first class, genuine, accommodating, and diverse."
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...

"My best interview advice for applying here is to research the firm."

"The firm is very collegiate and there is an 'open-door' policy."

"There are a lot of training sessions, maybe too many. Personally, I don't get much..."

"In my experience solicitors and partners are accessible and happy to offer advice..."

"The office is practical, but there are frequent grievances regarding the lifts and..."

"Have worked 80-hour weeks before, but usually only in the frantic and closing stages..."

"The firm has just increased the salary and holiday allowance to remain at the top..."

"5% pension on top of salary and free tickets are advertised to the firm if they have..."

"I had to attend two interviews (back to back), one with HR and one with two associates...."

"It is unusual as they did not ask me about my CV or past experiences, but instead..."

"The firm could improve on reducing its carbon footprint: we have separate bins but..."

"There could be more women in senior ranks, in my opinion."

"A lot of responsibility is given. Deals are pretty high-profile."

"We can give our time to a free women's legal advice clinic, advising international..."

"A truly international office that afforded me the opportunity to spend six months..."

"Occasionally I have unpredictable working hours."

"Top quality work, phenomenal clients, collegiate culture, small size of the London..."

"They are excellent and everyone who wants to stay is able to in general."

"We have an office in Seoul."

"Friendly, first class, genuine, accommodating, and diverse."

"Not a huge amount."

"Currently not so much as my supervisor is responsible for my time and matters, and..."

"I think that the firm could have a more transparent process for seat allocations...."

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