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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...

"Always tie your answers back to specifics about the firm and why you and the firm..."

"The culture is good, friendly and helpful. You can be as included in socialising..."

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

"People are generally really approachable and all of my supervisors have taken training..."

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

"The firm does not have a work at home policy for trainees but that is to be expected..."

"The trainee salary and benefits are very good, as is the secondment salary uplift..."

"We get a grant for the legal practice course."

"What firms have you applied to and why did you apply to Dechert in particular?"

"The firm provides plastic water cups, paper coffee cups, plastic cutlery and paper..."

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

"Trainees are given proper work and you don't feel that you're just doing admin tasks...."

"There are excellent and high-profile pro bono opportunities."

"International clients, lots of secondment opportunities, good seat choices and interesting..."

"I've had a lack of client contact in the work I've been given."

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

"They could be better. There are always enough jobs in all the departments combined,..."

"We have a ping pong table in the café."

"Friendly people and a good quality of work."

"More training and guidance during the training contract as well as advice on seat..."

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