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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly people and a good quality of 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.

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

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"There's early responsibility, a high quality of work and great support."

"It sometimes feels like you're under pressure to perform."

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

"Friendly people and a good quality of work."

"Give trainees more say in their seat choices."

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