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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly and approachable people and challenging work."
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...

"There are various stages including an application form, telephone interview, various..."

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

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

"Recognition and feedback are both very good. Partners are approachable and keen to..."

"The office is designed as open-plan and this applies to every member of the team,..."

"My hours are usually from 9.20 am to 6.30 pm. Hours are much longer in some teams..."

"Pay is generally good for the hours but trainee bonuses are fixed."

"We get free drinks sometimes and the social club is nice. I think we could do with..."

"Your commercial know-how will definitely be tested. The firm will want to know that..."

"There's lots of work going into this again. We have printers that use only recycled..."

"There are multiple societies promoting diversity and every individual truly is supported,..."

"I have been involved in a wide range of high-quality work. The teams I have sat with..."

"I have taught physics and maths in a school project and helped out from time to time..."

"Everyone is approachable, friendly and keen to help you develop your skills as a..."

"There are some teams where trainees and associates work the same hours that you would..."

"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!"

"Friendly, hard-working and quality driven."

"More international secondments."

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