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7.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, welcoming and hard working."
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.

What insiders say about...

"The first interview is completed during an open day and the second at a later date...."

"There's a good culture in the office with lots of lunchtime events/talks organised..."

"We took part in the professional skills course with a group of other US firms, which..."

"We each get assigned a mentor who will be available for support. My mentor is engaged..."

"The office is well-located and generally well kitted-out. The dress code does vary..."

"Working hours vary from department to department. Hours are very predictable and..."

"The salary is fine at the trainee level and the new qualifier salary has increased..."

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

"I took part in an open day, which effectively counted as a first round in the system,..."

"I was asked the standard competency questions as well as having a discussion of my..."

"We have recycling bins, but that's about as far as it goes."

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

"I am a fourth seat trainee, and I have high levels of client contact."

"The firm sends regular emails with details of the available pro bono work. First..."

"You are provided with a high level of responsibility; quality of work is high; partner..."

"There can be a lack of clarity around qualification. Teams can be small so experience..."

"The size of the firm and the trainee intake were particularly strong factors, as..."

"Retention rates have not always been the best but offers were made to all trainees..."

"We incorporated a small company called Facebook."

"Forward-thinking, welcoming, challenging."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"There could be better communication in terms of appraisals, seat moves and qualification...."

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