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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Busy, inclusive, supportive and fun."
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...

"When I applied, the application process consisted of a telephone interview followed..."

"The culture is great and people seem to genuinely get on in both professional and..."

"The training is of a very good quality and has a strong focus on learning through..."

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

"The offices are very modern and in a really central location next to Tower Bridge...."

"This varies according to the department. Hours are pretty good in comparison to other..."

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

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

"Why law? Why Gowling WLG? What business would you start if you had £1,000,000?"

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

"There's lots of work being done to promote diversity, with many firm-wide events..."

"We are given a high quality of work. Colleagues get trainees involved from the outset..."

"The firm prides itself on its corporate social responsibility. As trainees, we spent..."

"The firm invests heavily in trainees and is committed to providing additional training..."

"Some teams can have less exciting work than others."

"I knew the firm had a reputation for having a really good culture and supporting..."

"The firm works hard to retain as many people as possible and generally rates are..."

"Our legacy firm Lawrence Graham was one of the first law firms to register in the..."

"A City firm that undertakes work for international clients."

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

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