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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Entrepreneurial, forward thinking, dynamic, smaller and better..."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.9 / 10
5.8 / 10
9.5 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • Trainees are given a lot of responsibility and high-quality work early on.
  • Salaries are seen as being top of the market compared to other firms.
  • Retention rates at the firm have historically been very strong.
  • The flat hierarchy and approachable supervisors make asking questions very easy.


  • Hours are often unpredictable and may be especially demanding during busy times.
  • There could be more flexibility regarding seat moves.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • Work is not always spread evenly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"Make sure you're able to justify precisely what interested you about any deals mentioned..."

"Most people are very approachable and friendly. There's lots of socialising."

"Training is generally hands-on but there is a comprehensive training programme in..."

"This is the bulk of the training where we have one-on-one sessions with associates..."

"Fantastic offices and quite a relaxed dress code."

"I work approximately 60 hours a week, though this is the same across all City law..."

"Our pay and bonuses are at the top of the market."

"The new qualifier salary and fact that we get to work in the Gherkin."

"I did not do a vacation scheme – I applied directly to the firm and had a number..."

"Why do you want to work for K&E? Who would you say are K&E's competitors in the legal..."

"I haven't really noticed any efforts on this."

"There are lots of events that promote diversity within the firm as well as recognition..."

"Very satisfied. I am the lead associate on all my deals, with support from amazing..."

"There's a lot of pro bono work going around. I have compiled a report on anti-gay..."

"People, money, work."

"It can be hard to maintain a good work/life balance."

"Out of all of my experiences at law firms, I enjoyed my experience at Kirkland the..."

"It is a small intake so retention rates can vary quite drastically. I think the firm..."

"Our New York office is used for external shots of the US TV show 'Suits'."

"A meritocracy seeking to be the best at what it does."

"More secondment opportunities."

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