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8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2018)
"Approachable, tenacious and diverse."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
 
Hours
6.4 / 10
 
Salary
8.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.5 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.7 / 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.
  • Supervisors and mentors are always on hand to help their assigned trainees.
  • The quality of work and responsibility given to trainees is very high.

Cons

  • Hours can sometimes be unpredictable and long, making it hard to make plans after work.
  • The process around secondments could be more transparent and flexible.
  • There can be a lot of expectation placed on trainees.
  • The formal legal training in smaller departments leaves some room for improvement.

What insiders say about...

"Get a sense of the firm's roots and how it differs from the magic circle. The committee-driven..."

"The culture does vary by department, but overall there is a very open and relaxed..."

"The training contract is now well established and there is good training available..."

"All trainees get assigned a mentor for the duration of their training contract who..."

"There are generally good facilities although there's a difference between newer and..."

"If there's work to be done, that comes first. However, the teams will do their best..."

"The pay is at, or very near, market-leading levels (especially at the new qualifier..."

"Free cake, breakfast and lunch once a month is a great perk at the firm."

"My final interview question was why should Latham & Watkins give you a place to train..."

"There's evidence that we're helping the environment pretty much everywhere you look...."

"Committees are set up for minorities, as well as extensive work/life and health initiatives...."

"The level of client interaction can be low at the trainee level but trainees can..."

"American firms generally have a higher pro bono commitment than other firms and that..."

"I work alongside great juniors in the team."

"I have found that the hours can be unpredictable on occasion."

"I was attracted by the friendly atmosphere, small intake numbers and the firm's worldwide..."

"Retention rates are very high as they aim to keep everyone."

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

"Friendly, global and successful."

"Offer better options for both client and international secondments."

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