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7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 13 ratings in 2017)
"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards..."
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 office is extremely friendly and inclusive. You are encouraged to work in a team..."

"I think the training programme is good. The firm pays (and gives you time off) for..."

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

"The location is great but the lack of a canteen is a minus."

"As a trainee, it's not that flexible. The hours are long and you have to be prepared..."

"I feel that pay is probably starting to lag behind market rates, but it is still..."

"Private medical insurance and taxis home after 9.30 pm."

"I went through an application process to get accepted on the vacations scheme. After..."

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

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

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

"There is an active diversity committee that engages with the firm frequently and..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"I have been given a lot of freedom to go about my work the way I want to and to try..."

"The firm encourages trainees to get involved in pro bono."

"There are decent hours as well as a friendly and collegiate environment."

"As a single UK office of a much larger US presence, you are sometimes aware that..."

"The unique culture, the cutting-edge sectors and clients and the work/life balance...."

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

"Eric Holder (the former US attorney general under President Obama) works here."

"Relaxed, inclusive, likes to provide a challenge."

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

"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..."

"More feedback and support from lawyers."

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