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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A well resourced firm that's committed to its people."
9.1 / 10
Formal Training
8.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
8.6 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • Trainees are given a wide variety of work across departments.
  • Associates and supervisors offer a very good support network for feedback and training.
  • There is a very proactive approach to improving diversity.
  • The culture of the firm is friendly and welcoming with little hierarchy.


  • Some feel that the Birmingham salary, while good, is considerably lower than at City firms.
  • There could be more information offered to help trainees choose their seats.
  • While flexible, hours can be long and unpredictable in some departments.
  • There can be competition for the more popular seats.

What insiders say about...

"When I applied, the application process consisted of a telephone interview followed..."

"The firm is very friendly and inclusive, with a lot of support available to employees...."

"Trainee-specific training is offered at the start of each seat. We are also invited..."

"Each trainee has a training principal and a trainee 'buddy' as well as a supervisor..."

"Both offices are nice and in good locations. Birmingham is open-plan and London is..."

"It depends on the department. Hours in corporate are long and not very flexible while..."

"Trainee salaries are very competitive but there is some disparity once you're qualified...."

"Free dinners and taxis are provided when you work past 9.00 pm. The food at the Loft..."

"Rather than rattling off a list of questions, the interviewer was interested in getting..."

"The firm has a strong green commitment and puts its money where its mouth is by working..."

"The firm has support networks for women, LGBT, disability and family matters."

"The quality of work received as a trainee is outstanding in general. You still get..."

"The firm prides itself on its corporate social responsibility. As trainees, we spent..."

"We have a friendly and inclusive culture."

"Some seats are not as enjoyable as others and there are colleagues who don't participate..."

"I did some informal work experience at the firm and was impressed by the supportive..."

"Retention rates are generally good. The firm appreciates people who work hard and..."

"The firm has won awards for its Mars Bar cakes!"

"A supportive and open culture."

"Perhaps no trainee should do two real estate seats."

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