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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A friendly and modern law firm."
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...

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"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..."

"I've had very good relationships with my supervisors. Most people are friendly and..."

"The offices are modern and have a great canteen. Everybody has a dual-screen workstation...."

"The firm is pretty flexible when it comes to hours and offers a good work/life balance..."

"I think the firm pays a good market salary for trainees. All employees were awarded..."

"The firm has a great social club that organises subsidised visits to events. We get..."

"I was predominantly asked non-legal questions that focused on my soft skills, personal..."

"Recycling bins are used throughout the office and many printers use recycled paper...."

"The firm has implemented specific diversity initiatives in respect of women, ethnic..."

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"People are nice and the hours are generally quite good. I like the restaurant, the..."

"Working in the Birmingham office means receiving poor remuneration relative to similar..."

"The culture mirrors that of a small firm where everyone knows everyone and really..."

"The retention rates are generally very high at the firm."

"We have an annual party in January, which is epic."

"A well resourced firm that's committed to its people."

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