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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2018)
"Punches above its weight."
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...

"If you're applying for a vacation scheme then an interview is conducted around March...."

"The culture of the firm is generally friendly but it varies between departments...."

"Some teams have special training sessions, including special corporate and dispute..."

"Solicitors and partners are very accessible at the firm. Each trainee has an approachable..."

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

"We have long and unpredictable working hours so a work/life balance can be difficult..."

"Pay is reasonable though trainees do not get bonuses."

"We get given a Northbank privilege card, health insurance and a trip to the Washington..."

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

"I was asked questions on my academic and extracurricular background as well as my..."

"There are recycling boxes in our office for people to use."

"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..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"Role is to assist senior associates and partners on large transactions and matters...."

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

"The standard of the work you are given is very high and interesting. There is a good..."

"Our pay is lower than at some other firms and there's a limited choice of seats."

"I was encouraged to apply here by its somewhat academic atmosphere and cutting edge..."

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

"We're 100 years old this year!"

"Respectful and clever."

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

"May vary during departments but usually there is a sufficient amount of training..."

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

"There could be some improvement in our HR and administrative processes."

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