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8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, open, supportive."
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...

"You'll hear this a lot but it is very much about fitting with the firm. Come well..."

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

"You are given a significant amount of training on relevant areas at the start of..."

"Supervisors are available for questions and there is a real open-door policy. The..."

"The facilities are gradually improving and the office location is great. The dress..."

"Although the working hours can be long at times, I do not think that there is a 'face-time'..."

"Unfortunately no trainee bonus. But new qualifier salaries in London are top of the..."

"Monthly tea. Fantastic pro bono."

"Why Latham? Why commercial law? What three words would you use to describe what makes..."

"I think there is movement in this area at Latham but it is not vocalised enough...."

"I think that diversity is really important to Latham & Watkins, and there are numerous..."

"As a trainee I feel that you are given a lot of client contact. Latham & Watkins..."

"We do a huge amount of varying pro bono projects. I have worked on many projects..."

"There are great levels of responsibility and the senior lawyers at the firm invest..."

"Long hours, weekend work (hard to plan weekends away), having to cancel plans due..."

"Very strong reputation. Smaller trainee intake but high quality of work."

"It is a competitive firm but it is also expanding and the retention rates are generally..."

"There are two women at the helm of the London office."

"Hard-working, with high expectations."

"Perhaps a requirement for trainees to undertake a certain amount of pro bono work..."

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