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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"International outlook and international clients."
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...

"Well-rounded applicants. Know your CV well and be able to talk about it with aut..."

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

"Superb - D&W had an excellent formal training programme, and CMS are bringing the..."

"I had a great supervisor in my first seat - who really cared about my development...."

"The building is modern, as is the hardware and facilities. The software we use could..."

"Working hours depend on the department. Luckily, if you've finished all your work..."

"In Scotland, it is quite generous. However, compared to counterparts in the English..."

"The firm encourages trainees (and associates) to take secondments in other offices,..."

"Full day assessment centre, which is tough, but at least gives a more rounded process,..."

"I was asked to identify why I wanted to work in a law firm, and why for CMS in particular...."

"The firm has a number of green initiatives with recycling waste baskets being present..."

"There are lots of diversity and inclusion networks, and a genuine intention to implement..."

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

"By going on a client secondment in my second seat, client interaction has been really..."

"Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a major factor at the firm - the firm expects..."

"Friendliness of the other people who work here and the amount of trust that senior..."

"The hours can be unpredictable."

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

"The retention rates have been quite poor in the last few years, but have not been..."

"We have bags of penny sweets on sale every pay day with the proceeds going to ch..."

"Forward-thinking, with unrivalled sector-focus for clients."

"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,..."

"Starting the working day earlier and finishing earlier."

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