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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...

"Our interviews are very friendly, and mine felt fairly informal. I think the best..."

"People work incredibly hard, whether it's day or night, weekday or weekend, but you..."

"Good training. Great supervisors. Plenty of non-legal skills from pro bono, committee..."

"Personally I think that the mentoring system is excellent and it is multi-faceted...."

"The office and facilities are very good. The dress code is business casual."

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

"Pay is excellent, particularly when qualified."

"Monthly cake day, monthly free lunch day, monthly free breakfast day. Every year..."

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

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

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

"Trainees are always encouraged to liaise with clients directly from the beginning..."

"I've worked on a wide variety of pro bono projects at the firm, from reviewing articles..."

"International work. Relaxed and approachable culture."

"Occasional long hours (though by no means longer than any other firm in my exper..."

"International nature of the work and overseas secondment opportunities. World-class..."

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

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

"Hard-working and friendly."

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

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