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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards of legal writing, hard working."
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
6.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.2 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"For the vacation scheme there is an application form, interview and a week-long vacation..."

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

"I have picked up a lot of skills when it comes to client contact, interpersonal skills..."

"I have had good performance feedback from most lawyers (and can certainly be solicited..."

"Great location, right next to the Royal Courts of Justice. The dress code is formal..."

"Working hours are unpredictable at times. Generally they are fine, but there have..."

"Trainee and NQ salaries are very generous, although they haven't been increased for..."

"Taxis and food are provided when working overtime. Good pension contribution and..."

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

"I was asked questions about my background, why I would like to join Covington and..."

"I am not really aware of any specific initiatives C&B have with regards to the e..."

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

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

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

"My day-to-day responsibilities vary, but overall the work has been interesting and..."

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

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

"The hours can be excessive."

"I chose this firm because of its small size, esteemed reputation, interesting practice..."

"Generally retention rates are very high, but as certain teams are very small, it..."

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

"Technically brilliant, fantastic clients, an environment in which you can truly learn..."

"The range and quality of training as well as the small trainee intake."

"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..."

"It would be nice to be able to undertake an international secondment."

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