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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...

"The process consists of a written exercise, a commercial interview and a more CV-orientated..."

"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..."

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

"The firm is flexible if you have an appointment. Hours depend on the department but..."

"The trainee salary is fine. I'm unaware of how bonuses work as trainees are not included...."

"The perks aren't that unusual but are reasonable."

"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,..."

"There are very few women partners at the firm. I think this is something that is..."

"This depends on who your superiors are. There can be a lot of variety, responsibility..."

"The firm is a big advocate of pro bono. We have to do a minimum of 25 hours per year..."

"The cases that my team works on are unbelievably interesting and I am constantly..."

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

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

"Our retention rate is not great on paper but, as we have a smaller intake size, it..."

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

"Excellent-quality work and training."

"Give trainees more say in their seat choices."

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