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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Innovative, passionate, hard-working."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The assessment day involves an interview and a commercial awareness test. In the..."

"The firm has a genuinely, friendly culture. In Scotland, there is no culture of competition..."

"Rather inconsistent between departments. Corporate training was excellent - but barely..."

"We have no started offering a mentoring scheme, with each group being made up of..."

"The office is quite a standard office. It is in a good location with simple drink..."

"Hours can vary greatly depending on departments. For me, I have not found that the..."

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

"I think the best perks for the Scottish trainees is the opportunity to do a secondment..."

"The interview is hard because it is competitive and the process is thorough: online..."

"The questions were along the lines of: why law, why CMS, competency based questions,..."

"Concern for the environment is something that the firm tries to promote but still..."

"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..."

"It varies from seat to seat but, in general, fee earners are keen to give you a greater..."

"The simplest way to describe the firm's commitment is to say that each fee earner..."

"It's a social and friendly atmosphere, people are much nicer than at other firms..."

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

"Overseas/client secondments are guaranteed in your second seat, and the high level..."

"Retention rates have not been the best recently but this is perhaps due to the after-effects..."

"The partners all get tickets to the Wimbledon semi-final/final every year."

"A globally minded yet locally serviced firm."

"Runs workshops and other activities to allow applicants to understand the firm and..."

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

"Personally I believe that there should be more transparency over some seat/secondment..."

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