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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Energy and Asia-Pacific focused."
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..."

"Socialising amongst trainees = top. Socialising with the rest of the office = me..."

"You attend a number of training sessions as a trainee relating to personal development..."

"Fantastic mentoring schemes - trainee buddy, supervisor and partner mentor, plus..."

"Great location. Offices a little dated and no on-site gym, etc. Dress code varies..."

"The firm is quite flexible depending on the workload. If it's quiet, we are encouraged..."

"Salary is high enough to justify the hours worked."

"Carrying over up to five days of holiday and having a subsidised gym membership as..."

"I was asked about my motivation for a career in law (particularly as opposed to other..."

"There's a good amount of recycling around the office and we're encouraged to cycle..."

"HSF has very active groups in this area. I'm an active member of the LGBT group and..."

"I have had a chance to draft advice and undertake research but equally there has..."

"I have been involved with a Legal Advice Centre - meeting clients, dealing with queries..."

"I really enjoy feeling part of a team. Since I've started, I've not felt like the..."

"There are long hours and the firm can sometimes be hierarchical."

"The quality and size of clients, the types of work, the international presence and..."

"Retention rates were excellent in my intake."

"We have are own in-house advocacy unit."

"Dynamic – both the work and the people."

"The firm engages with initiatives such as PRIME."

"It's a stressful job. The firm expects perfection and you can work all hours of the..."

"More secondments to Australia (they are currently very competitive)."