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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2017)
"Successful, profitable and friendly."
7.5 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.2 / 10
6.3 / 10
8.7 / 10
6.7 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • Most of the firm’s departments offer interesting and substantive work to trainees.
  • The six-seat rotation system allows for a more varied experience.
  • Each trainee is able to get more personal attention as the intake is quite small.
  • The firm offers many opportunities for pro bono work and counts it towards bonuses.


  • As with many law firms, there can be long and unpredictable hours.
  • There is still a sense of hierarchy in some departments.
  • While the firm offers overseas secondments, some feel there could be a wider variety.
  • There could be more transparency around seat moves.

What insiders say about...

"There's an interview, a written test and a tour/chat with a current trainee. Be friendly,..."

"The office is very friendly and there is a strong sense of a 'work hard, play hard'..."

"Various forms of training are available, from technical legal points to how to hold..."

"Some senior associates and partners are willing to teach, others are not so accessible...."

"The offices are average with nothing of note and basic facilities. They are in a..."

"Your hours can be flexible depending on the supervisor and how busy the department..."

"Our pay is good but the bonus structure could be more transparent."

"There's a 5% pension but no unusual perks."

"There are usually general commercial questions."

"The firm is trying, but every law firm uses a forest's worth of paper every day,..."

"The firm has a Global Women's Initiative but there are only three female partners..."

"I've been given good responsibility in each department and there is a real emphasis..."

"All fee earners are expected to spend 25 hours on pro bono every year and trainees..."

"There's lots of support and high-quality work."

"There's a certain amount of internal politics, as in any law firm."

"I really enjoyed the interview. The people were welcoming and I enjoyed the tour..."

"They're a bit low considering all the time and effort the firm puts into training..."

"All fee earners worldwide must complete at least 25 pro bono hours a year and can..."

"Successful, profitable and friendly."

"Have a greater number of secondment opportunities in the firm's offices abroad."

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