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7.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
7.3 / 10
Formal Training
5.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.7 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • Trainees are often given high-level work and are trusted with a variety of tasks.
  • While below those of some US firms, new qualifier salaries are above the Magic Circle level in the UK.
  • The small intake allows trainees to regularly work directly with partners and get given greater responsibility.
  • Regular informal training is provided by mentors throughout the training contract.


  • There may not be as much variety in departments as could be found at other firms.
  • Some trainees would have liked more firm-organised socialising.
  • Hours can be quite tough in some of the busier departments.
  • There could be more formal training provided across departments.

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"Know the three main sectors that the firm operates in, know the competitors and know..."

"Everyone pulls together and is very supportive. The fee earners work very hard but..."

"We learn a lot on the job but the firm doesn't really have a formal training system...."

"Trainees are assigned a mentor during their training contract who is usually a senior..."

"We have a great location, though it's a little overcrowded now."

"There are some late evenings but the firm is good at encouraging you to leave if..."

"I'm more or less happy with my lot. It can be easy to look at firms that pay higher..."

"There's a good pension and other benefits including healthcare and good corporate..."

"The process involved an application form including academic qualifications, a covering..."

"I was asked about what it was that made Orrick stand out against the other firms..."

"We have lights with motion sensors in the office and there are huge efforts towards..."

"As an ethnic minority (whose parents immigrated to the UK) and having gone to a comprehensive..."

"The quality of work tends to vary from department to department with some departments..."

"We have a pro bono partner who sends through interesting public law and human rights..."

"Very high-level work and an incredibly welcoming team."

"I feel that there is little job security here."

"The size of the London office compared with its global reach made it very appealing...."

"Retention has been good in recent years."

"The firm has been established in London for 20 years."


"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"Have a fee earner involved in the trainee training so that people can get a better..."

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