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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"International, ambitious, friendly."
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...

"Be ambitious and enthusiastic. Have a 'can-do' attitude!"

"I know that the partners are currently trying to develop a much more meritocratic..."

"There are continual training opportunities almost every week and the induction was..."

"Solicitors and partners are always happy to talk to trainees."

"We have just moved office and I think that it is a lot better than the previous office...."

"It depends on departments. Transactional departments can have crazy hours at times..."

"Pay is good and has just been increased after a long period where it was frozen...."

"Company car on secondment in Aberdeen."

"Very efficient - both rounds of the assessment centre were completed on the same..."

"There were lots of questions about me - my interests, subjects I had studied, my..."

"The firm works hard at the 'paperless office' ideal, and has in-office recycling..."

"The firm is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a firm commitment to supporting the LGBT..."

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

"Client interaction is highly dependent on the nature of the seat. e.g. Real Estate..."

"There is a great deal of pro bono work, both legal and non-legal, available."

"The collegiate atmosphere. Great secondment opportunities."

"The offices and IT system could use an upgrade."

"The reputation and information provided by current trainees as well as the potential..."

"Since the merger with D&W, retention rates have dropped. Although I am confident..."

"All overseas secondments come with free, excellent accommodation! Money saver!"

"The firm has an excellent culture with fantastic people."

"The firm started a Bursary Scheme last year in which it will give £2,500 to four..."

"I never feel like I'm left on my own/can't talk to anyone if my work is piling up,..."

"More clarity on seat selections and qualifying seats."

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