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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A collegiate firm with high-quality work."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.1 / 10
7.4 / 10
Pro Bono
9.7 / 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 to widen trainees’ experiences.


  • As with many law firms, there can be long and unpredictable hours.
  • While the firm offers overseas secondments, some feel there could be a wider variety.
  • There could be more transparency around seat moves.
  • Retention rates are noticeably lower than at similar firms.

What insiders say about...

"The commercial interview is a two-way process of exploring a problem scenario and..."

"The office culture is very welcoming. The open-door policy is ingrained so associates..."

"The seat rotation training is very useful and gives a good grounding in department-specific..."

"On the whole, associates have been extremely approachable and willing to discuss..."

"We're in a good location with a nice and professional office that has good facilities...."

"My hours have ranged hugely depending on the department I'm in. My previous department..."

"It's good, but it would be nice to get some overtime pay."

"We get to go on a free yacht-racing trip."

"I recall being asked a lot about my route into law, focusing on why I wanted to be..."

"There are recycling bins and lights have to get turned off."

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

"No two days are the same. I am about to qualify and am working on a matter that is..."

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

"We get a wide range of work and responsibilities from the very beginning."

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

"The six-seat system and friendly vacation scheme."

"The retention rates are fairly poor and there is about a 50/50 chance of being kept..."

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

"It's a nice place to work."

"More transparency with seat rotation choices."

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