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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2015)
"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards of legal writing, hard working."
  • 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
  • Trainees are able to get involved with interesting, niche areas of practice
  • Occasional long 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
  • Office facilities such as the IT systems could be improved
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
7.4 / 10
8.1 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10

What insiders say about...

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

"There is a respectful and friendly culture in the office. Not a great deal of socialising..."

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

"In the round, senior lawyers here do make good mentors. Some are (unsurprisingly)..."

"Great location near Covent Garden - it is nice to be outside of the City and close..."

"Work hours are generally very reasonable. I have had a few runs of late nights on..."

"The trainee and NQ salary is competitive with other US/City firms."

"We get a season ticket loan to help with transport costs."

"I went through two rounds of interviews: the first was a generally straightforward..."

"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..."

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

"Responsibilities naturally vary, but on the whole this is a firm that really values..."

"Trainees get involved in as much pro bono work as they are able and willing to do...."

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

"I would say that the facilities could use some improvement."

"I was encouraged to apply to the firm by the small trainee intake, quality of clients,..."

"Generally the firm has a very high retention rate, however business demand is the..."

"We have a highly successful (and recently promoted) softball team!"

"Hard, but rewarding work."

"The firm works with a scholars programme at Warwick University."

"Being able to complete an overseas secondment (client or office) would be great."

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