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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2017)
"A great variety of international 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..."

"The office is very friendly and there is a strong sense of a 'work hard, play hard'..."

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

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

"Trainees sit in with their supervisor so they share an office, which is unusual but..."

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

"Pay is decent but we do not receive bonuses as trainees."

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

"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..."

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

"The firm has an excellent commitment to pro bono, with every lawyer being expected..."

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

"Being a US firm has its ups and downs."

"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..."

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

"Successful, profitable and friendly."

"Have a greater number of secondment opportunities in the firm's offices abroad."

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