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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2017)
"Down to earth, innovative and ambitious."
9.1 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10


  • Trainees are given a wide variety of work across departments.
  • There are many corporate social responsibility volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
  • Associates and supervisors offer a very good support network for feedback and training.
  • There is a very proactive approach to improving diversity.


  • Some feel that the Birmingham salary, while good, is considerably lower than at City firms.
  • In some departments, hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Some would prefer more seats of a shorter length to increase variety.
  • There could be more information offered to help trainees choose their seats.

What insiders say about...

"There's an application form, online test, a video interview and an immersive assessment..."

"Overall, the firm has a very positive culture and is friendly and welcoming. There..."

"Training programmes are team dependent but each team aims to have training every..."

"I have a great partner mentor. He attends all of my reviews and we catch up for lunch/coffee..."

"The London office is mostly open-plan and the location at London Bridge is great...."

"Dependent on teams, the firm is flexible on hours. Some teams are flexible with working..."

"The trainee salaries are on par with the market but the associate salaries are lower..."

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

"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..."

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

"The quality and quantity of work varies from team to team. Most teams will give you..."

"My team has been very busy so I have been unable to complete any pro bono work as..."

"The good work/life balance along with the friendly and inclusive atmosphere."

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

"The firm's growth plans, reputation as a positive and happy workplace and its commitment..."

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

"The 'WR' of the postcode of the Birmingham office (B4 6WR) was apparently chosen..."

"Dynamic, engaging and skilled."

"More information on the work each department does, a prospectus of sorts, to make..."

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