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

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

"As well as firm-run sessions, we are part of a group of law firms that rotate in..."

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

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

"It's all about managing your own workload. If you need to come in early and stay..."

"Our pay is generally good for the hours we do but other firms in the City are catching..."

"We get a subsidised café, gym membership, transport ticket loan, private healthcare..."

"There are usually general commercial questions."

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

"The firm is not particularly diverse and there are very few female partners in London...."

"I've been given good responsibility in each department and there is a real emphasis..."

"All fee earners are expected to spend 25 hours on pro bono every year and trainees..."

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

"Hours are occasionally unpredictable, much like any other job in the City."

"The six-seat training system, small trainee intake and opportunities for international..."

"The retention rates are variable but have been poor more recently."

"Pecan pie is provided to everyone at Thanksgiving."

"Lots of responsibility and interesting work."

"More transparency with seat rotation choices."

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