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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Open and friendly with top-name clients and a broad range of..."
7.9 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.4 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
6.7 / 10


  • People at the firm are friendly and helpful and mentors give regular support to trainees.
  • Early training is given in both legal and non-legal skills to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • While hours can be long, many feel it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance than at other firms.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • There can be competition for seats in highly sought-after departments.
  • While the open-plan office is good for helping trainees to learn, some find it distracting.
  • Some feel that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"I'd advise you to research the firm well before the interview. Relax and be yourself..."

"Culture in the office is excellent. Everyone mucks in for work where required and..."

"Penningtons Manches offers an excellent variety of training talks and workshops delivered..."

"Associates in the team are very friendly and helpful and my team partner is also..."

"I am in the Surrey offices which are open-plan, and this adds to the relaxed atmosphere...."

"The work/life balance at the firm is very good. Typically my working hours are 9:00am-6:00pm...."

"I find the salary to be good for Oxford."

"Social events such as parties and the firm ski trip."

"The firm only takes a limited number of trainees each year and so that is why competition..."

"During the interview I was asked about my personal weaknesses, what I was looking..."

"The firm recycles but I'm not aware of any additional efforts in this area."

"Unlike some other City firms, the firm has a huge number of female partners."

"Penningtons has recently introduced an accelerated route to promotion for people..."

"From day one at the firm I have been given a good level of responsibility, and I..."

"I have worked on a reading programme with a local primary school. We visit the school..."

"The excellent quality of work, the very friendly partners with no hierarchy, great..."

"During the recent merger, the training has stopped completely and only just over..."

"It felt like a perfect fit for me."

"Retention rates at the firm are generally very good."

"We have our own band."

"A firm which takes training seriously."

"The firms' corporate social responsibility schemes with local charities focus on..."

"In general, stresses are associated with the job, not the firm."

"More structured guidelines for the tasks to complete in each seat to ensure you've..."

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