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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Experienced, friendly and supportive."
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...

"The firm now employs an assessment day format. I recommend that you learn about the..."

"The relatively small trainee intake means that people get to know each other quite..."

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

"Everyone is very approachable and takes the time to explain things thoroughly: you..."

"The regional offices are well located in terms of being close to the town and public..."

"The firm is very flexible with hours. If you are not busy then they do not expect..."

"We are not badly paid for a regional office."

"Free tickets to the cinema and sporting events."

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

"All the general questions like: why did I pick the firm? What areas was I interested..."

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

"The current intake of trainees is pretty diverse, both in terms of recruitment and..."

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

"I've had lots of client contact while being supervised by a partner or senior associate...."

"The creation of the Charitable Foundation has helped but getting people involved..."

"The variety of work and the ability to get involved in high-quality and high-value..."

"The computers can be slow and I think the firm should invest more in IT."

"The opportunity to do high-quality work outside of London coupled with a fantastic..."

"Retention rates are good but, like most firms, there is no guarantee of a place in..."

"We have a great spring party each year."

"Friendly working environment providing a good spread of training."

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

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

"More lunch facilities would always be nice, although there is still space to take..."

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