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7.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, ambitious and open."
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...

"I think that commercial awareness is key to interview success."

"There are fewer social events than at other firms as we have a relatively small office...."

"We had an extensive induction, as well as training sessions every week at Orrick...."

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

"I think our offices are great. We have a prime location near St Paul's with excellent..."

"I think that the hours are long but the work is interesting. It is also very possible..."

"The Orrick trainee salary is competitive and higher than most UK firms, however,..."

"The firm offer a good contribution towards a gym membership, and free dinners when..."

"I participated in an open day, followed by a final interview. The selection process..."

"There were general questions about my CV and interests and what attracted me to apply..."

"Recycling facilitates are available, but more could be done."

"Maternity leave and working from home is well respected."

"The work is varied and always challenging. I've been involved in completing deals..."

"There is a global focus on pro bono across the firm. There are firm-wide pro bono..."

"Orrick is a US firm, but it's different from the general type of US firms in London...."

"The pay isn't as high as some other firms. There are long hours and out-of-work socialising..."

"I attended a talk given by the training principal and was really impressed by him..."

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

"We incorporated a small company called Facebook."

"A US firm with an approachable side."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"Greater clarity regarding the retention process, departments with positions available..."

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