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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Hard, but rewarding work."
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...

"Come prepared for a thoughtful, intelligent discussion. Be comfortable and confident..."

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

"Each practice group has weekly/fortnightly training updates on the latest developments...."

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

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

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

"We get excellent remuneration."

"Pension. Taxis and dinner after hours. Dental and health insurance. Childcare vouchers...."

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

"Why Covington? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Tell us about a legal story..."

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

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

"Globally, the firm is very committed to diversity. While I feel that the small size..."

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

"Trainees are given a lot of responsibility very early on. Supervisors often assign..."

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

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

"Personally, I feel that the firm has management that is need of improvement, and..."

"I chose the firm for its strengths in regulatory work, particularly tech & media..."

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

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

"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards of legal writing,..."

"Small intake, early responsibility, good remuneration and interesting practice a..."

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

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

"An on-site gym would be ideal."

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