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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Energetic, friendly, cool."
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
 
Hours
7.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The firm does a wide variety of high-profile work with interesting clients.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and get involved in all areas of each department.
  • An open-door policy and collaborative culture has led to a nice atmosphere in the office.
  • Supervisors are very good at providing support and explaining new concepts and ideas.

Cons

  • Trainees are occasionally assigned less dynamic and more administrative work.
  • There are limited opportunities to do a seat abroad.
  • Some technology and IT in the firm needs to be updated.
  • Trainee retention is variable but has not been high in recent years.

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. Don't learn answers to common questions off by heart - in the interview..."

"Work/life balance is good, you stay if you have work and you leave at 5:30pm if you..."

"We have seat-specific training and further training in relation to legal skills such..."

"Very accessible - always lots of people available for support if needed. Various..."

"Our dress code is relatively casual in comparison to other firms. We also have dress..."

"Better than expected, but very seat dependent."

"Trainees don't get bonuses and there are fewer 'perks' than at some other firms...."

"Tickets to great events, great in-house food ('The O-Zone')."

"Online tests, HR interview, assessment centre with written tests, commercial exercises..."

"Generally the questions in my interview focused very much on my own CV and experience,..."

"The firm is definitely concerned about its environmental impact - for examples there..."

"There are a number of groups across the firm dedicated to providing support and raising..."

"It will be possible to get to senior associate but making partner seems harder and..."

"Your role very much depends on your seat. In some departments you will have a lot..."

"I have done one-to-one tutoring of an 'underprivileged' A-level student in French..."

"The lack of hierarchy, the people, the clients."

"Long hours for, perhaps, not the most competitive pay. The lack of qualification..."

"Distinctive branding, excellent clients, great training opportunities."

"Small intakes can mean very variable rates."

"Trainees usually get brand-new BlackBerrys."

"Energetic, friendly, cool."

"Access programmes for those without A level grades normally required, run in conjunction..."

"Support is always available."

"Better communication between departments would be helpful at times."

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