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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"The firm is cohesive, vibrant and demanding."
8.5 / 10
Formal Training
9.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
6.5 / 10
7.9 / 10
9.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.1 / 10


  • Trainees are exposed to very high level deals and are able to learn a lot from them
  • A good level of responsibility is available for those who work hard
  • Salaries are generous as the firm strives to be the top paying Magic Circle firm
  • The firm has a well-structured training programme to help employees develop their skills


  • There can be some pressure to stay late and work longer hours
  • Seat allocation processes could be more transparent
  • Hours may be quite unpredictable at times
  • Supervision is sometimes lacking for those on overseas secondments

What insiders say about...

"Read the newspaper and have a basic understanding of how businesses work and what..."

"For such a large firm, the atmosphere is quite close knit. The nature of our deals..."

"Training varies between departments, but is often of a high standard, if a little..."

"It is down to the trainee to strike up a good relationship with a partner or an associate...."

"The dress code is business casual. Business attire is required for client meetings...."

"Depends on the supervisor. I've always found it easy enough to come in late/go home..."

"Pay is now better than other Magic Circle firms, (at a more junior level). Trainees..."

"Swimming pool and brilliant gym, fantastic canteen and a lot of natural light in..."

"The application process consists of an online application form and numerous online..."

"Questions included: talk about a time that you haven't performed very well; tell..."

"Information is provided everywhere at the firm on reducing its carbon footprint."

"The LGBT activities are frequent and well-attended. There are still too few female..."

"Trainees have great scope to become an integral member of the deal team in a transactional..."

"Freelaw, raising aspiration programmes with children from local schools, graduate..."

"Training, colleagues, secondment opportunities."

"My long hours have been a drawback for me at times."

"The Intelligent Aid graduate essay scheme encouraged me to apply here, as it was..."

"Declining in recent years, though still very good. However, if you want to train..."

"When there's a Tube strike, you get a free breakfast if you get in before 9:30am..."

"A fantastic place to start your legal career."

"The firm has a variety of ways through which one can get to know it. There are open..."

"Part of working in a highly charged and pressured environment is stress. It's not..."

"Faster document management systems and automatic time recording."

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