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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2017)
"Professional and innovative. A good place to work."
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...

"Be guided in the interview, it's not a test. They just want to see how you solve..."

"People have an appreciation of life outside of the firm and expect you to go home..."

"Trainee training is average but associate training is frequent and varied."

"My current supervisor, a senior associate, is very approachable and is a wonderful..."

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

"The firm does not have a work at home policy for trainees but that is to be expected..."

"Bonuses are small but there's a very good basic salary for trainees and associates...."

"There are excellent trainee events, particularly around the vacation schemes. These..."

"You're asked a question about a business transaction and you work together with the..."

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

"The firm is not particularly diverse and there are very few female partners in London...."

"Depending on your supervisor, you are given a lot of high-quality work and sometimes..."

"This is excellent. Trainees must attend three clinics over their training contract..."

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

"The hours can be long, as with any City firm."

"White collar and financial services are tier one departments and I was interested..."

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

"We offer a secondment with the Royal Courts of Justice."

"Friendly, down to earth and interesting."

"Train fewer and retain more."

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