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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Fast-paced, great work and lots of responsibility."
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...

"The commercial interview is a two-way process of exploring a problem scenario and..."

"The vast majority of supervisors have no expectations of trainees to stay late if..."

"Every time you change seat you receive comprehensive training from associates. They..."

"Most partners are accessible. We have panel partners allocated to each trainee who..."

"The office space is well set out and nicely decorated and the canteen offers a good,..."

"The hours vary depending on a number of factors including the time of year, the department..."

"Bonuses are small but there's a very good basic salary for trainees and associates...."

"There's subsidised gym memberships, a pension scheme, private healthcare and dental..."

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

"The firm is trying, but every law firm uses a forest's worth of paper every day,..."

"The firm's gender pay gap figures were pretty awful, but there seems to be a genuine..."

"As there is a small intake, the quality of work is very high. Most of the tasks you..."

"The firm is very committed to pro bono work and trainees are actively encouraged..."

"The six-seat system is really good."

"The hours can often be long and unpredictable."

"The good work culture and nice people."

"The retention rates at the firm have been poor recently."

"All lawyers, including trainees, have to do 25 hours of pro bono work per year."

"Fast-paced, great work and lots of responsibility."

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

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