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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..."

"This largely depends on the department."

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

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

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

"It's much better in the more niche departments and you can scrape together some sort..."

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

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

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

"There can be interesting and substantive work depending on the department. Some departments..."

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

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

"Unavoidable long hours."

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

"There have been some poor retention rates due to a lack of availability of seats..."

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

"Friendly people and a good quality of work."

"Train fewer and retain more."

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