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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2018)
"Prestigious. Academic. Rigorous. Friendly."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
7.0 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.9 / 10


  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and mentors are seen as being helpful and available.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • Trainee retention is seen as being strong and consistent.


  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that the work/life balance suffers.
  • Some trainees would like to have options for international secondments.
  • Some feel that including more meetings with supervisors would help trainees to reach their goals.
  • Day-to-day roles and experiences can vary greatly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"It's an online application followed by a first-stage interview. There is then a longer..."

"The senior lawyers are approachable and friendly and there is a positive attitude..."

"There's not much formal training as it's mainly learning on the job."

"Accessibility of partners varies according to each individual. Some senior lawyers..."

"Location is second to none. The space and facilities are good."

"My hours are generally very good for a US firm, although the work load is unpredictable..."

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

"The best perk is the supervisor/trainee social budget."

"I went through an application process to get accepted on the vacations scheme. After..."

"I was asked questions about my background and experience."

"I am not really aware of any major green initiatives, though the firm provides recycling..."

"Management generally reacts quickly to changes in the market/circumstances and tries..."

"The firm has a strong commitment to diversity at a global level. The London office,..."

"This depends on the department but there are usually good prospects to move up the..."

"My day-to-day responsibilities vary, but overall the quality of work is high. I am..."

"Pro bono is seen as being equivalent to billable work and you can choose what projects..."

"Great work and great mentorship here are real pluses."

"It can sometime feel like there's a lack of support or resources."

"I liked the sound of the work and the possibility of having a small group of trainees..."

"Generally trainee retention is very good. Being a small firm, there are only usually..."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"Interesting work and friendly people."

"I attended the vacation scheme and really enjoyed it."

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

"The firm actively encourages capable people who would contribute to the life of the..."

"In my opinion, more formal training would be an improvement."

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