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7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 13 ratings in 2017)
"Full-service corporate firm with deep expertise in the pharma, tech and regulatory industries."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.8 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 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 work/life balance suffers.
  • Some trainees would like more contact with their supervisors.
  • Some 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...

"The interview process has two rounds. The first involves a single 30–45 minute..."

"The firm is not overly hierarchical, partners have their own offices but are generally..."

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

"Solicitors and partners are very accessible, and I have had some incredible supervisors..."

"The offices are modern and spacious, and the location beside the Royal Courts of..."

"My hours are generally very good for a US firm, although the work load is unpredictable..."

"We're still competitive compared to other firms."

"The free (or reimbursed) meals and transport home when working late are much app..."

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

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

"Personally I've seen little discussion of this, although it's possible there's more..."

"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."

"My client interaction varies from seat to seat. In my current seat I have had daily..."

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

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

"Clarity could be improved on seat selection/rotation."

"Its expertise in life sciences and the opportunity to do a seat in a life sciences..."

"This year retention rates were 100%."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"Academically focused and collegiate."

"High-profile clients and the prospect of exciting, challenging work with an international..."

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

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

"More transparency on seat allocation."

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