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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2018)
"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards..."
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...

"The firm is moving away from being known just as life sciences specialists, so don't..."

"Quite hierarchical but with an open-door policy. Colleagues get on well, although..."

"While I have one criticism in that I feel that there is not that much formal training,..."

"Everyone is very accessible and trainees are now sitting with partners, which means..."

"The location is fantastic and close to both Covent Garden and theatres while also..."

"Most trainees have good hours and exceptions to this are usually for short periods...."

"I feel very lucky to be getting such a big salary at such a young age, even with..."

"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 about my CV, about my teamwork skills, why I wanted to join the firm..."

"We do have recycling within the office but I'm not sure what our office's energy..."

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

"While I do not feel that the issue of diversity is really applicable to me, my understanding..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"Trainee work is challenging and interesting. There are limited admin tasks and trainees..."

"The firm is very well known for its pro bono capabilities and does a huge amount..."

"There are a multitude of pluses: responsibility, interesting work and clients, the..."

"There can be a lack of transparency around seat rotations."

"I loved the atmosphere here when I did my vacation scheme, was very interested in..."

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

"We have an excellent softball team."

"Respectful and clever."

"Small trainee intake. Strong regulatory practice."

"Apart from the professional skills course, the firm also offers internal training..."

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

"An on-site gym would be ideal."

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