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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2018)
"A traditional, English, historic and polite firm with a nice..."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.2 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10


  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantial tasks and are trusted with important work for high-profile clients.
  • The firm is working hard to improve diversity and trainees feel it is now a leader in this area.
  • Salaries are seen as being very competitive and only low compared to US firms.


  • Trainees could be given more transparency when it comes to seat options.
  • There can be a lot of pressure, which some trainees may find intimidating.
  • While there is flexibility with hours, they are often long and unpredictable.
  • Some of the IT systems can be unreliable.

What insiders say about...

"I got the training contract through a vacation scheme. There was a written exercise,..."

"Although the firm has a definite hierarchy, everyone is approachable and personable...."

"Each department provides its own subject-specific training. Fee earners give interactive..."

"I believe that there is a good level of informal mentoring."

"The new building is very nice and doesn't want for any of the facilities you might..."

"It depends on the department and how busy the firm is generally, but normally if..."

"We are getting a big boost this year and I think the pay is great, considering the..."

"I appreciate the free dinners after 8:00pm. We also have some good offers at local..."

"After a morning of interviews I was then offered a trainee contract on the same day...."

"I was asked to discuss three ways in which I would invest £1m and how I work under..."

"We are encouraged to recycle paper and not print so much."

"This is increasing following the appointment of a 'corporate social responsibility..."

"I was given a chance to have a first go at some interesting and fairly high-level..."

"There's a firm Charity of the Year, lots of fundraising and legal pro bono too."

"Being given responsibility, exposure, and working with experts in their field are..."

"There can be competition for certain seats, which is a drawback to me."

"I was fortunate enough to meet several trainees and others at recruitment events..."

"Retention rates seem to be generally good and a real effort is made by graduate recruitment..."

"Our big Private Client Department makes us a bit different from other corporate firms...."

"A traditional, English, historic and polite firm with a nice atmosphere."

"They are part of Rare recruitment."

"Permit people to do a second seat in a department they have already sat in."

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