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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"Energetic, commercial, smart."
7.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.1 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.1 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • Teams within the firm are friendly and approachable, which gives the firm an excellent culture.
  • Having a wide client base means there is a real range of work for trainees to experience.
  • High-quality international and client secondments are offered to trainees in all offices.
  • The firm has a very active outlook on pro bono and has a department dedicated to it.


  • In some departments, working long and unpredictable hours is unavoidable.
  • The large size of the firm can lead to it feeling a little impersonal at times.
  • Salaries for regional offices are noticeably lower than London.
  • High expectations and early responsibility can make some trainees feel pressured.

What insiders say about...

"There is an accuracy test, a commercial problem, a presentation and an interview...."

"Very good social life and good support for social activities such as office (and..."

"We have a mandatory graduate academy prior to starting our training. This involves..."

"Informal training really depends on the supervisor's style. Some do not get involved..."

"The building is a very grand Georgian building with a beautiful public arcade on..."

"This depends purely on department and what work is on at the time; in other seats..."

"We don't receive bonuses at trainee level. While my only dissatisfaction with my..."

"We have a drinks trolley on Fridays in the cafe. There are great social activities..."

"I was interviewed to achieve a place on the firm's vacation scheme. For the TC, I..."

"In the interview for the training contract (on the vacation scheme you have an assessment..."

"Personally, I did not come across anything like this during my training contract..."

"The firm supports a number of initiatives for diversity and there has recently been..."

"My exposure to transactions is beyond my initial expectations. I am involved in the..."

"There is a lot of opportunity for trainees to get involved in pro bono work: immigration..."

"Excellent work and clients with opportunities to be involved in groundbreaking and..."

"Not very good canteen or firm-wide social activities."

"Staff present on the assessment day were friendly and down to earth. The exposure..."

"Quite poor in my opinion. I think this is due to taking on too many trainees."

"Last week we were ranked second in Law 360's Global 20, which ranks firms based on..."

"A big law firm with expertise in a number of practice areas."

"I think that there should be more flexibility to move within the offices throughout..."

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