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7.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2018)
"Challenging, engaging, motivating and exciting."
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..."

"You share an office with another trainee, so you don't have someone senior breathing..."

"The firm holds lunchtime sessions twice a week in the first year. These sessions..."

"Informal feedback from partners and associates is generally good. You have opportunities..."

"The food, gym and changing facilities are all excellent. The offices themselves are..."

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

"Our pay is very good for a City law firm."

"There are free tickets to Arsenal matches, concerts at the O2 arena and other high-profile..."

"They were generally conversational questions."

"The firm has made great strides in green initiatives in the last few years. There..."

"The firm is making an effort with this stuff, particularly with regards to maternity..."

"The work I have been assigned has been mixed. Much of it has inevitably been quite..."

"My feeling is that the US offices currently have a larger pro bono offering than..."

"Having high-quality work, sharing an office with another trainee, the trips to Washington..."

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

"The non-rotational system, the personalities of the interviewers and the atmosphere..."

"They used to be 100% but have had a slight dip recently. This is mainly due to large..."

"There is a cake trolley on a Friday. It's amazing!"

"A global firm with a good-sized London office."

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

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