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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly and intelligent people."
Pros: 
  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and there are several seat reviews to aid trainee development.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • The remuneration is considered competitive with other firms.
Cons: 
  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that work/life balance suffers.
  • The seat selection and rotation processes could be more transparent.
  • Some may feel that including more formal training sessions would help trainees to develop their skills.
  • Day-to-day roles can vary greatly between departments.
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
8.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.5 / 10
 
 
Training
7.2 / 10
 

What insiders say about...

"You should be very thorough in your research: when they ask you why you're applying..."

"We work in small teams, which results in high-level work even as a first year trainee...."

"There are plenty of introductory sessions teaching trainees how to navigate the firm's..."

"Generally people will tell you when you've done a good job. There is a buddy/mentor..."

"The offices are modern and spacious, and the location beside the Royal Courts of..."

"As a trainee, hours are very inflexible. You are expected to be in between 8:45am-9:15am..."

"I feel that pay is probably starting to lag behind market rates, but it is still..."

"Private medical insurance and taxis home after 9.30 pm."

"The application process is extremely competitive. You need top class academics and..."

"I was asked questions about my academic and non-academic interests, my interests..."

"Personally I've seen little discussion of this, although it's possible there's more..."

"Partners are very approachable and willing to provide guidance. Trainees have a formal..."

"The firm's women's forum meets regularly and throws events. As a female, I feel that..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"I am quite satisfied. I do a mixture of corporate merger and acquisition support,..."

"The pro bono work undertaken by the firm is varied."

"While they are department dependent, the people and the level of the work are po..."

"Hours; lack of work/life balance; poor communication at times."

"I chose the firm for its strengths in regulatory work, particularly tech & media..."

"This year retention rates were 100%."

"The firm is headquartered in Washington DC. In the second year of their training..."

"Friendly and intelligent people."

"Small intake, early responsibility, good remuneration and interesting practice a..."

"The firm struggles to provide a robust training programme for all lawyers, likely..."

"At Warwick University, the firm runs a 'multi-cultural scholars programme' where..."

"More formal training."

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