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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Works hard, plays hard."
7.3 / 10
Formal Training
5.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
6.4 / 10
9.4 / 10
5.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10


  • The office has a friendly atmosphere that encourages trainee development.
  • As there is a small intake, trainees are able to take on high levels of responsibility early on.
  • The firm has a good reputation in the industry.


  • There is little transparency about what jobs are available on qualification.
  • Formal training has been seen as disorganised in the first year.
  • There could be more secondment opportunities for trainees.

What insiders say about...

"The firm tries to recruit as much as possible through the vacation scheme (though..."

"There's a lack of integration between the 10th (transactional work) and 11th (litigation)..."

"Training is constant. We are encouraged to take part in external training sessions..."

"Informal training does vary across departments and fee-earners but on the whole it..."

"The location is great, the offices are typical City firm offices that may not reflect..."

"The firm is extremely busy and so it makes sense that trainees are too, especially..."

"The pay is competitive for the market."

"I found the mobile phone allowance to be a perk of working for Cooley."

"I was asked about current events. I had a question about a situation where I had..."

"There is a cycle to work initiative and part of the wellness programme would be 'green'..."

"I think our firm is really at the forefront of diversity initiatives both in the..."

"I feel that trainees are really valued at Cooley. We are trusted to get on with meaningful..."

"We partner with Law Works and Trust Law on pro bono work and regularly provide advice..."

"A close trainee cohort, a lot of responsibility, lots of social events."

"Because of the small intake and the large amount of (interesting) work, it is possible..."

"The firm's small trainee intake, and a chance to practice areas of law I was interested..."

"Although Cooley seems to try to keep as many trainees as possible, retention is very..."

"The corporate/transactional floor currently has more women than men on it."

"Works hard, plays hard."

"Be more flexible about working from home."

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