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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2018)
"Full-service corporate firm with deep expertise in the pharma,..."
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...

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

"The office environment is friendly, though strongly hierarchical. There is also sometime..."

"We get regular in-house training and know-how sessions. There are always top-notch..."

"I have received good feedback so far, in my opinion. Everything is constructive and..."

"Although there is not much on the side of facilities, the location is great. There..."

"Firm hours vary by department. Regulatory seems to be more regular, while corporate..."

"Trainee pay is average or lower than at other comparable firms. The associate pay..."

"We receive a meal allowance for overtime and also a taxi home if you work past 9.00..."

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

"Here I was given general CV and work experience questions which were testing key..."

"I am unsure of most of what the firm does in this area, which probably says something..."

"Managers are accessible but maybe are not as proactive as they could be. Feedback..."

"Our diversity statistics are generally comparable to other firms of our size and..."

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

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

"The pro bono work undertaken by the firm is varied."

"Levels of responsibility given."

"The hours; lack of work/life balance."

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

"If you want to stay, there will usually be a job available if you do a good job during..."

"The DC office has a picture of some puppies because the firm once extended its name..."

"Punches above its weight."

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

"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..."

"More transparency regarding seat allocations."

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