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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Balance between litigation and transactional work makes this a fantastic place to train."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10


  • The atmosphere created by both other trainees and partner mentors is supportive and friendly.
  • Trainees are given extensive training that allows them to build a broad skill set.
  • Challenging, interesting and often newsworthy work is on offer to trainees.
  • The salary is very competitive and bonuses are offered once qualified.


  • Some of the training can feel repetitive.
  • Parts of the office could do with refurbishment.
  • With such a large firm, trainees can sometimes find the size overwhelming.
  • Working hours can be long and unpredictable during busy periods.

What insiders say about...

"Be very clued up on business and be able to think about things from a client's point..."

"I have found that the hierarchy is quite flat - individuals are respected on their..."

"Lots of lectures, regular training and optional training if requested. The trainee..."

"Every trainee shares an office with either a senior solicitor or partner supervisor..."

"Great location, lovely offices and a great gym nearby. The dress code is very accommodating..."

"Working hours can be long at times, but agile working has recently been introduced..."

"I'm very satisfied with the pay. It's at the top of the market for this kind of firm..."

"We get dinner if working past 7:30pm, in the canteen or out up to a maximum amount...."

"I was asked about my work experience and the skills I developed through it. I was..."

"Plenty of recycling bins everywhere."

"There is a general network, a trainee network and a newly qualified network specifically..."

"I'm fairly satisfied with the quality of work I have been given. Day to day I can..."

"The pro bono team is excellent and this is basically the place where trainees can..."

"Good level of responsibility given to trainees. Good pay. Opportunities to go on..."

"It is quite large – this can make it difficult to meet people from other parts..."

"The secondment opportunities available at the firm encouraged me to apply here."

"Those who want to stay, and who are prepared to work hard, stay. Leavers are either..."

"Chuka Umanna, the shadow business secretary, trained and worked here."

"An open, friendly but challenging place to work."

"Plenty of initiatives run with local schools (e.g. PRIME)."

"A combination of tight deadlines and general first-seat trainee ineptness does not..."

"More control and clarity around seat allocation and qualification."

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