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9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Energetic, market-leading, ambitious and entrepreneurial."
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...

"The interview process is quite informal compared to other places. It's more about..."

"We have a great culture generally. The only thing I'd say is that people can sometimes..."

"The legal training programme is over a lunch. Attendance is compulsory."

"Associates are great at explaining things and really do take the time to help out...."

"The offices are fantastic. The dress code is a bit more casual than other firms (trousers..."

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

"Best in the field for trainees."

"We get free dinners and taxis if working late. I have also received a free umbrella..."

"I had to go through four rounds to be selected which included a phone interview,..."

"I had highly technical private equity questions and was asked why I wanted to be..."

"There is a focus on electronic document storage rather than hard copy storage within..."

"Women's Leadership Initiative events are held on a regular basis, and networking..."

"Quality of work can be extremely high. You frequently find yourself working on tasks..."

"All lawyers have to commit time to pro bono. Regular emails sent to lawyers to be..."

"Quality of work; Level of responsibility; Great colleagues; Working with a top private..."

"Having to keep one eye on the BlackBerry at all times."

"The small intake, nice offices and good pay."

"Retention rates are very strong at the firm."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"Excellent work, top lawyers, international, friendly."

"There could be more formal training on technical points from all departments. We..."

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