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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, forward-thinking, inclusive."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • International expansion at the firm means that there are various opportunities for overseas placements.
  • The work on offer is top quality and has a broad scope. Trainees feel supported while undertaking it.
  • Social elements of the firm are strong with regular socialising both between teams and firm-wide.
  • Efforts towards diversity are notable – especially in terms of networks for women and LGBT staff members.


  • The high level of responsibility on offer can cause some trainees to feel under pressure.
  • There are unavoidable long hours in some departments, though the firm is flexible with them.
  • While most of the firm's offices have recently been updated, some are still undergoing this.
  • Retention rates have fallen since the firm's latest merger. These should hopefully pick up soon.

What insiders say about...

"Our firm generally has a fantastic retention rate for trainees. This time was much..."

"During office hours the firm is hard-working, and after-hours there is a real sense..."

"The level of training at CMS in Scotland is excellent - you receive legal training..."

"There is a good, formal mentoring scheme pairing you with other trainees at different..."

"I love the location of the offices with Smithfield, Farringdon and St Paul's on the..."

"9.00 am – 6.30 pm in the (advisory) department I was in (this obviously increases..."

"Trainees do not qualify for bonuses. It would be good if they did! Pay is fine compared..."

"Every few months there will be a trainee social which is funded. Moving/travelling..."

"Online test, online application, full day assessment centre with HR interview, partner..."

"I was asked why I wanted to become a solicitor, why I wanted to work here, why I..."

"I understand the new office helps a lot with green initiatives. Recycling bins are..."

"It's big on the agenda. There are lots of networks and you are encouraged by senior..."

"We have a new scheme which aims to recognise and reward performance. I believe if..."

"Responsibilities: initial drafting of documents, proofreading, drafting ancillaries,..."

"There are a variety of pro bono opportunities at the firm, which all staff are encouraged..."

"Really nice people and culture. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Generally good..."

"Lack of communication from management."

"Everyone said the people were very friendly. It's a top international law firm and..."

"Scottish trainee retention is generally very good and statistically there shouldn't..."

"Emma Watson's dad is a partner."

"Market leader with sterling reputation."

"We're involved in PRIME to attract students from less privileged backgrounds."

"A big firm means big clients, big clients mean big deals and completions. Completion..."

"More consistency with the level of work."

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