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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Irwin Mitchell

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 47 ratings in 2018)
"Innovative, professional and forward-thinking."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
8.8 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.3 / 10


  • Trainees are offered challenging and high-quality work from the time they start working.
  • People of all levels are approachable and meet for regular social events.
  • Many feel that the informal training at the firm is of excellent quality.
  • There is a lot of diversity support for LGBT, minorities and women.


  • There can be limited choice and transparency regarding seat moves.
  • The challenging workload and levels of responsibility can feel overwhelming to some.
  • The salary is seen as being low when compared to similar firms.
  • Some trainees consider the IT systems to be of lower quality than at other firms.

What insiders say about...

"My first recommendation would be to understand that the firm you are applying to..."

"There is an inclusive culture and friendly environment at Irwin Mitchell. Teams at..."

"It varies between departments as to what level of training you receive and how involved..."

"They are generally very accessible. Supervisors are aware of the areas in which you..."

"The office is well presented and the facilities are good. The dress code is business..."

"Working hours here are flexible, and there is no 'face-time' culture, so you are..."

"I find that the pay for trainees is good. I have no exposure to the workings of the..."

"There are opportunities to get involved in charity work and diversity groups. You..."

"There is an online application process followed by a telephone interview. Following..."

"I was asked about the firm generally and why I wanted to be part of IM/why I was..."

"The printers have a 'follow me' function which cuts down on paper waste. There are..."

"I think the firm are very forward thinking and appreciate that everyone has a life..."

"I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the work. On a day-to-day basis..."

"I have not personally worked on pro bono projects but I know that there are some..."

"There's teamwork and a great support network for trainees. You really get to be involved..."

"Pay could be improved to match other firms of similar size."

"I already worked here as a paralegal and enjoyed my work so wished to continue with..."

"I believe IM has a high retention rate in terms of new qualifiers being kept on as..."

"We're the second biggest employer in the whole of Sheffield and we sponsor loads..."

"Irwin Mitchell is an ambitious, client-focused, caring and tenacious firm."

"The firm are quite clear that they will not reject your application based on academics..."

"There could be more structured events organised for trainees."

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