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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"A place where excellence and commitment to clients is of paramount importance."
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...

"Being very intelligent should be a given. Other than that, a real keen interest in..."

"The people at the firm are great: friendly, supportive and really interesting to..."

"The firm puts a real emphasis on training. We have a two day 'trainee development..."

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

"Some offices are nicer than others, depending on whether or not they've got windows!..."

"I am working long hours in the corporate division at the moment. That said, the group..."

"Pay is great, although we hope to get a small rise next year to match that given..."

"Perks include taxis, free dinners, graduate recruitment events and a trainee ball...."

"There were some 'warm up' questions about my degree course and things I had written..."

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

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

"Client interaction is in general okay, better in some departments than others but..."

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

"Great quality of work and a really collegiate atmosphere."

"The canteen can sometimes be a bit hit and miss."

"The number of offices across the globe and the secondment opportunities along with..."

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

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

"Approachable and inclusive."

"Runs work experience for students who are still at school who come from less privileged..."

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

"A shorter induction week."

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