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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 4 ratings in 2018)
"A top-rated US firm increasing its London footprint."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
7.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
9.5 / 10


  • The entrepreneurial culture gives trainees the means and responsibility to build relationships with clients early on.
  • There’s an open-door policy and many partners are very active regarding informal training and mentoring.
  • The work offered to trainees is wide ranging and of a high quality.
  • Trainees have found remuneration to be very satisfactory and competitive with other firms.


  • The unpredictable workload can make it difficult to manage your work/life balance.
  • Trainees felt that there was very little attention paid to recycling and other environmental concerns.
  • The firm has only recently started taking on trainees so is still developing its training contract.
  • Some trainees feel that the training contract could be better organised.

What insiders say about...

"The firm seems to recruit heavily from the vacation scheme so I would encourage you..."

"The firm is hard-working but doesn't take itself too seriously."

"We receive departmental trainee-specific training, as well as departmental training..."

"Solicitors and partners are generally accessible and very happy to take the time..."

"There is a beautiful old building, which has been fully refurbished, as well as a..."

"Work hours are perfectly manageable – no worse than those of friends at other firms...."

"Pay is great, as are the healthy bonuses."

"Retreats in the US! Buddy and mentoring programmes."

"I was asked why I wanted to have a career in law despite not having studied it at..."

"More initiatives on recycling and power usage would be good."

"There are some new but very successful initiatives in place that trainees and associates..."

"I get exposure to big-ticket matters with large and sophisticated clients."

"Our US offices are very focused on pro bono work, which has had an effect on the..."

"The culture really stands out, as do the people."

"The workflow can be unpredictable because it's so varied."

"The generalist nature of the firm. You are trained to be a great lawyer here and..."

"The retention rates have been high so far. This is helped by the fact that it's a..."

"Trainees get to go on the retreats to the US."

"Driven, ambitious and truly global."

"I'd like it if the firm offered more secondment opportunities."

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