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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Down to earth, unpretentious and friendly."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
 
Hours
7.8 / 10
 
Salary
7.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10
 
 

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