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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Twin engine corporate and litigation powerhouse."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.2 / 10
 
Salary
8.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

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