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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, hard-working and quality driven."
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...

"Remember to absolutely be yourself and relax. Do not compare yourself with other..."

"There is not a hierarchy and most partners are friendly, chatty and approachable...."

"The firm requires you to do one contentious, one non-contentious, one real estate..."

"Each trainee is assigned a partner as a trainee principal. They take an active interest..."

"The office in Birmingham is second to none, I could not ask for a better place to..."

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

"Our pay is reasonably good for a Birmingham law firm but it does lag behind London...."

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

"I was asked about my motivations for a career in law as well as my skills and weaknesses...."

"The firm is committed to reducing its carbon footprint but more could be done to..."

"There are always activities for women and LGBT groups going on."

"I have significant responsibility and manage my own matters."

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

"We have a friendly and inclusive culture."

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

"The culture and specialisation in areas I was interested in."

"It's very dependent on where you want to qualify. There will often be popular seats..."

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

"Friendly, diverse and forward-thinking."

"The option to complete the litigation course rather than do it as a seat."

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