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7.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2018)
"A collegiate and approachable institution."
7.5 / 10
Formal Training
6.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
6.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
6.4 / 10
Pro Bono
6.4 / 10


  • The non-rotational structure of the training contract results in a lot of freedom and responsibility.
  • Trainees are given high-quality work and feel they are entrusted with more responsibility than peers at other firms.
  • There is a very flat hierarchy and a welcoming and cooperative culture.
  • The salary is very competitive and among the highest in the City.


  • The unique structure of the training contract may not be suited to everyone.
  • Trainees have to source their own work, which can lead to fluctuating and unpredictable workloads.
  • There could be more frequent feedback for trainees to ensure that they are developing properly.
  • Some trainees feel that there could be more detailed information about specific departmental vacancies on qualification.

What insiders say about...

"Make every sentence of your covering letter count and let each statement you make..."

"There's little to no hierarchy although this varies between departments. Teamwork..."

"The training system can work excellently when you are working with people who have..."

"Everyone is given a trainee and partner mentor, who are very accessible. However,..."

"We have nice and modern offices with good facilities, but the printers and IT systems..."

"You are expected to work hard when you have work on but this will be the case at..."

"The pay is very good and is in the top ten within the City. We don't get bonuses..."

"There is a free on-site gym and an excellent subsidised cafeteria. Partners often..."

"The questions were more focused on me as a person rather than legal topics."

"The firm is introducing more green initiatives following pressure from employees,..."

"The firm has many diversity and social mobility initiatives. There is a fantastic..."

"We are given more responsibility and more interesting things to do than peers at..."

"The US seems to have some great projects but they are fewer and further between in..."

"The high level of responsibility we are given, the friendliness of the firm and the..."

"The fairly opaque qualification process, by which I mean the lack of knowledge about..."

"The non-rotational training system and opportunity to get early responsibility. We..."

"Retention rates are good but there could be more transparency about the number of..."

"We are the only firm in the City with a non-rotational training system."

"A collegiate and approachable institution."

"Less pressure to commit to certain departments at the 12-month stage. I think the..."

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