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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Down to earth, innovative and ambitious."
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...

"My tips are to be yourself, have a sense of humour, be truthful and honest, and be..."

"The firm is very friendly and has a cohesive atmosphere that runs throughout. Partners..."

"When you join the firm you are given a comprehensive induction to introduce you to..."

"I have support from a 'buddy' who has recently qualified and from a principal partner..."

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

"Hours vary from team to team but mine have generally been good and I average 9.15..."

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

"The benefits are great. I would say the best perk has been staying at very good hotels..."

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

"There are lots of initiatives surrounding this including new recycled paper being..."

"This is generally good and there are many initiatives to improve diversity."

"I'm quite satisfied. My day-to-day role can vary from simple administrative tasks..."

"The firm is very committed. We have sold The Big Issue and organised poppy sales,..."

"The culture is fantastic. There is no overwhelming hierarchy and everyone is willing..."

"Competition for seats can be challenging."

"I wanted to be at a firm that I could be proud to work for. Good work and progression..."

"The retention rates are good."

"Our annual party is a carnival-style knees-up!"

"A friendly and modern law firm."

"There could be more information provided when it comes to choosing your options for..."

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