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7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Hard-working, with high expectations."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
6.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
 
Hours
6.0 / 10
 
Salary
9.2 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The firm has a very positive culture with regular social interaction between trainees.
  • Remuneration is top of the market at trainee level and continues to improve following qualification.
  • The wide international scope of the firm means that there are opportunities for secondments overseas.
  • Supervisors and mentors are always on hand to help their assigned trainees.

Cons

  • Hours can sometimes be unpredictable making it hard to make plans after work.
  • The seat allocation process could be more transparent and flexible.
  • The way the firm structures its formal legal training leaves some room for improvement.
  • Occasionally, last-minute weekend work can be required at trainee level.

What insiders say about...

"I would advise participating in the vacation scheme as best chance of obtaining a..."

"Excellent culture. Friendly, non-hierarchical, open door policy. Due to the smaller..."

"Training sessions are held almost daily in all different areas of law, and I can..."

"Everyone is generally very approachable and will make time to answer questions. There..."

"The firm dress code is business casual, with dress-down Fridays. The London offices..."

"The hours are long but the firm is relatively flexible compared to others when it..."

"I think that the trainee salary is at the top end of the City. Trainees do not get..."

"The secondment abroad and how they support you throughout that process."

"I was asked about my degree, work experience and commercial awareness. Also questions..."

"General awareness but we are a law firm so a lot of paper gets used."

"The firm has several groups for, and is making an effort to hire more, women and..."

"Every day I will be emailing and taking calls from clients directly. I'm privy to..."

"As everyone is encouraged to get involved I can see that pro bono work is very important..."

"Positive aspects include the international scope of the firm, and the chance to do..."

"The working hours can sometimes be very long during busy periods."

"The culture, international work (we work across offices on almost all matters) and..."

"Retention rates at the firm, in my experience, are very high."

"There is an ipad-controlled coffee machine in the canteen."

"A friendly, laid-back firm with a flat structure, which offers a high level of responsibility..."

"Improve the training at the start of each seat."

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