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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"Incredible training and opens doors, but comes at a price."
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...

"Learn about the firm and what makes it different to other MC firms. Best way to do..."

"The trainees form a close knit group with great friendships. Otherwise, work pressure..."

"We have training at the beginning of each seat and throughout each seat we attend..."

"Very good mentoring system - good work is recognised and areas for improvement are..."

"Large, spacious and with lots of facilities. The dress code is very informal, you..."

"On a slow day, my day is 9:30am-7:30pm. When things are busy, I stay until that day's..."

"Pay is amongst the top for UK firms. Bonuses are not paid to trainees, but I think..."

"Free dinners, free taxis home past certain times, use of O2 box, pension, great art..."

"The process is very rigorous and comprised an online test and interviews but the..."

"Half of the interview consisted of answering questions on a case study and half revolved..."

"A measure of waste is inevitable in a law firm - lawyers need hard copies. They do..."

"The firm has a very active LGBTQ club. As well as initiatives such as 'CV-blind'..."

"I have lots of client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities include drafting,..."

"There are lots of programmes, from community activities and legal advice clinics,..."

"Amazing work on the most high-profile matters. Great responsibility and generally..."

"The late nights have been tough at times."

"My interview partner who represented the very best of CC (incidentally recruiting..."

"Historically, retention has been very strong. However, I feel that the numbers will..."

"The firm has its own indoor swimming pool, art club and theatre club through which..."

"Aiming to be best in class."

"They have lots of pro bono programmes, such as their teaming up with Social Mobility..."

"I think, as a trainee, the job is more pressured than stressful - deadlines are often..."

"I feel like trainees could benefit from better supervision when they are on secondment..."

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